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Time to, as ad says, 'vote in a new team'

To the Editor:

Kristi and Stephanie have a few similarities but big differences.

Kristi owns and works a ranch with her family. Like John Thune, she will live in South Dakota. Stephanie lives in D.C. and owns a house in South Dakota.

Kristi and her husband, Bryon, have three children. He owns and works the family business. Stephanie has one child and her husband, Max, lobbies Congress (conflict of interest like Linda Daschle) and is a divorced father of four.

Kristi is strong pro-life. Stephanie is pro-abortion. (Abortion: intentional killing of a child yet to be or going to be born). It is a grave evil and a very serious issue for Christian voters.

Kristi will always vote conservatively on financial and family issues. Stephanie voted for Pelosi's big stimulus bill -- all borrowed money, causing a deficit-laden budget and raising our nation's debt level. Kristi voted to take South Dakota's share -- if not, the big money spenders in Congress would not save it but send it elsewhere.

Stephanie voted for Pelosi to be speaker and joins her agenda on most votes (check her voting record). The only reason she voted against the health bill, car company bailouts and cap-and-trade was because the 53 percent she mentions in her ad voted yes so her vote was not needed -- that makes her look good in South Dakota. She also will not join South Dakota or other states to rescind the health bill, even though her ad says South Dakota cannot afford it.

Kristi supports South Dakota Amendment K. Stephanie does not and instead co-sponsored "card check."

How ironic. Kristi can use Heidepriem's ad "because when things are broken and in a mess" (as the US government really is) "you vote in a new team."

Bernie and Rose Stocking, Mitchell

Never will forget job at Abbott House

To the Editor:

Years have gone by and I simply knew it as the Abbott House. Year after year I would pass by, merely speculating as to what was going on inside the clay-shingled building that had been in my hometown many years longer than I. Frequently, I would see young girls playing on the front lawn or shooting hoops in the backyard. Abbott House workers could be seen shuffling in and out of the building, and the lawn-care providers could be observed cutting the grassy slopes. Little did I know that I would soon experience life inside of that very special place; little did I know that what I would soon experience was the extraordinary lives of special girls who would change my life forever.

Abbott House is a psychiatric residential treatment center committed to offering girls a second chance at life, acceptance and the pursuit of personal freedom. Coming back to my hometown of Mitchell this past summer, I was granted an internship at Abbott House, providing me an opportunity to practice psychology as well as learn about myself in this field. I began the internship trying my best to accomplish tasks and stay focused while following supervisors around assisting various girls.

The lives within the Abbott House are yearning for healing; they are hungry for consistency and are often searching for who they really are emotionally and behaviorally. The role that I played in communicating messages of hope, perseverance and tranquility created relationships that I will never forget, nor ever want to. I impacted the Abbott House girls who in turn impacted me. Whether they knew it or not, my life was changed forever.

I challenge the citizens of the Mitchell area to reach beyond your current lifestyle and impact the world around you -- perhaps by assisting Abbott House. You will never fully understand yourself nor the world around you if you remain still and unchanged. Move. Encourage a coworker or donate to a charity. Create a new mindset of living and uplift those who are stepping out of their normal habits. This past summer, I committed to an experience that enriched the lives of very important young girls at the Abbott House. What will you choose today that will positively impact your life or someone else's life forever?

Nathan Engle, Marion, Ind.

County fortunate to have Kiepke on job

To the Editor:

We are writing on behalf of Susan Kiepke, who is seeking re-election as Davison County auditor.

The people of our county have been very fortunate to have had Susan working for them. She is capable and trustworthy and has the experience needed to serve as the auditor.

In 2006, when Susan was elected as county auditor, she came into the office with experience. She had served as first deputy auditor from 1988 to 1996 during the time that John Oster was the county auditor. She is the liaison between the county commissioners and the taxpayers. Susan is committed to continue to work for the residents of Davison County.

We encourage you to vote on Nov. 2 and keep Susan Kiepke as county auditor.

Ella and Rollie Loon, Mitchell

Former mayor says 'protect our future'

To the Editor:

The voters of Mitchell will soon decide the fate of publicly owned land around the lake. I would have never dreamt that this would ever become an issue, and I think that selling this public property and those beautiful pine trees is a ridiculous idea.

Lake Mitchell is one of our city's treasures, and the people of Mitchell appreciate the lake for its beauty and serenity. Citizens, not only from Mitchell but the surrounding areas, go to the lake to experience nature and "get away from it all." One can relax, boat, fish or even just sit by the lake to watch the birds and have a nice lunch. By selling off the lake, bit by bit, our treasure will be stolen from us, from our family and from our grandchildren. Who wants a lake surrounded by houses? There are hundreds of those to our east.

Selling property to finance "improvements" around the lake makes no sense. Would a farmer sell off 10 acres of his land each year to pay bills? Of course not. And Mitchell's City Council should not be selling city-owned property. Don't be fooled by the threats of increased taxes; this land is costing the city nothing. The land and trees benefit us and support wildlife. When trees die, fish and animals die. When they are all dead, you can't eat money.

It just makes common sense; leave public-owned property around Lake Mitchell alone. We need to protect our treasures and protect our future. Vote "yes" to save the public lake property and to save the trees.

Alice Claggett, Former mayor, 1998-2006, Mitchell

Nesselhuf is best for secretary of state

To the Editor:

One of the things I love about living in South Dakota is the way you can get to know just about everyone. That makes our political races a little different from what we see in other places. When I was in high school, I drove the car for Jim Abdnor and can proudly say I have been in nearly every town in South Dakota.

I have known Ben Nesselhuf's family for many years now and think that other voters would benefit from knowing more about them. Ben's father, Ed Nesselhuf, was a Lutheran minister in Rapid City, Chamberlain and Vermillion. In addition to his pastoral work, Ed founded Prison Congregations of America, working to bring Christian worship into our nation's prisons. Ben's mother, Diane Nesselhuf, has worked as an educator and founded Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, a group that works with orphans and widows in that country.

The Nesselhufs truly live their values. They have adopted two children and have instilled in Ben a deep sense of community service. I am encouraging all of my friends to learn more about Ben's campaign for secretary of state. With parents like his, I know we can't go wrong.

As a lawyer, I have to deal with the secretary of state's office on a constant basis. Apart from voting issues, few people understand the other important areas covered by the secretary of state, including business registrations and Uniform Commercial Code filings. A well-run secretary of state's office is vital to the everyday business of the state. Knowing Ben as I do, I know he is up to the job.

David J. Larson, Chamberlain

Vote 'no' on city's Sunday liquor plan

To the Editor:

We will soon be voting on Sunday liquor sales in the city of Mitchell. As you may recall, our City Council approved this, but a group of concerned citizens gathered signatures to put this to a vote of the people. We will make that decision in November.

As a parent and a grandparent, it would seem prudent to vote "no" on this issue. Underage drinking is a serious problem in the Mitchell community. Traffic fatalities involving alcohol are the No. 1 killer of teens. Our city has seen its share of such tragedies.

We, as parents, must strive to be role models for our young people. Having one more day to purchase hard liquor sends the wrong message. Many teens get their liquor from a parent's home. Having one more day of the week to purchase alcohol only adds an extra layer of permissiveness. Six days a week seems to have been adequate for the purchase of hard liquor.

Let's just say "no" on Nov. 2 if only for the sake of our young people.

Joanne Geraets, Mitchell

Medical marijuana needs your vote

To the Editor:

Medical marijuana should be legalized for health and pain benefits.

Doctors, pharmaceutical workers, law enforcement officials and parole board members have written to discourage a vote for medical marijuana. I disagree. I encourage a "yes" vote to approve it.

My wife died from cancer in 2007. Chemo, to me, is an indecent way to treat people, giving false hope with a toxic poisonous agent that also destroys the immune system and kills many people rather than saving them. It perpetuates their lives a few months in many cases. That's what happened to my wife.

Pharmaceutical companies are primarily against legalization of marijuana because it would take away their multi-billion-dollar profit industry of chemo.

Before taking chemotherapy and with medical marijuana, which can be taken and ingested as an oil from the hemp, it has proven healing powers and curative powers. This has been kept so secretive it's totally irresponsible. I will never know if my wife could have been saved by marijuana, because we did the chemo, which ultimately destroyed her ability to ingest food for nutrition and destroyed her system to absorb food through a feeding tube.

Please wake up, voters, and give cancer sufferers a chance. Give all the sufferers of diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and glaucoma a chance for survival and at the least, less pain. Medical marijuana, cannabis, hemp oil can even stop the growth of stage 4 cancer and cure it. Legalizing is the humane thing to do.

Please vote "yes" for people who have no other hope for a cure. It is not for the rest of the population. It is for doctor-approved only. Even the alcohol lobby is against it, but why? People with a need for medical marijuana don't find the same relief from alcohol.

Doug Stewart, Mitchell