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Letters to the Editor

In S.D., all one needs is to be Republican

To the Editor:

I know you won't put this in your paper since you helped so much to condemn the Obama presidency. But I want you to know how depressed I am about the attitude politically here in South Dakota.

I never thought I'd agree with Jesse Ventura, but I do now. He thinks we should not have political parties.

I agree after the election of Kristi Noem. She is unworthy. One who makes the laws should be someone who obeys the law. Apparently here in South Dakota, all you need to do is be a Republican. And it makes no difference how unworthy you are --you can still be elected to represent our state.

I simply don't have any trust in this law-breaking woman.

Virginia Muirhead, Presho

Public broadcasting is great opportunity

To the Editor:

I read with interest, on the Opinion page of The Daily Republic on Nov. 5, the article on rethinking PBS funding.

I would first like to clarify another aspect of this article. First of all, how much money is allocated to other programs such as the arts and sports in South Dakota?

One example is public broadcasting, from which we get daily programs of classical music every morning. Where else in South Dakota do we get such a service? I know of no other program like "The Classics" with Owen De Jong every morning.

In my opinion, this is not an "odd tradition," as the article states. Instead, it is a wonderful opportunity for those of us who love and appreciate the classics. It enriches our lives when we enjoy the classics.

Many of us feel that the money is well spent. After all, we do need to compete intellectually in the field of education and the arts. Many of us donate very generously to PBS.

Gladys Baldwin, Mitchell

Why no information on tragic WWII loss?

To the Editor:

As a World War II Navy destroyer vet, age 85, I have one huge request. Will someone please tell me why all Navy government offices in the Pentagon and Washington, D.C., will not inform the citizens of this country of all details of the tragic loss of 794 sailors of the Third Fleet on Dec. 14-18, 1944. Yes! That will be 66 years this December.

I have contacted all Naval offices and requested their assistance on how to or who to contact on having a designated memorial day of the deadliest day in the history of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. lost 89.5 percent of 888 men and three destroyers: The Hull, Spence and Monaghan.

I was there aboard the USS Knapp DO 653, vet of nine South Pacific campaigns, fourth ship after Big Mo and her two escorts ships to enter Tokyo Harbor for occupation duty Aug. 28 to Dec. 5, 1945.

O. Jack King, Mitchell

Consider hosting an exchange student

To the Editor:

Nov. 15-19 is International Education Week. A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of global education and student exchange worldwide. It is also a wonderful occasion for me to personally thank the administrators, teachers and staff of Mitchell and Sanborn Central High Schools and all of the families of the Mitchell area who have welcomed exchange students this year through EF Foundation for Foreign Study.

According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, "A complete education in the 21st century must teach our children about their interdependent world, and it must prepare them to be good leaders and good global citizens."

By participating in EF Foundation's foreign exchange program, our schools and our host families provide an important avenue to enhance our community's global understanding and knowledge so we can better prepare our children to embrace the uniqueness and diversity of our interconnected world.

On behalf of the students and staff of EF Foundation, our warmest gratitude to all who are helping to enhance international understandings. To those interested in learning more about becoming a host family, please visit There are half-year students arriving in January who are now waiting for a host family. Please let us know if you are interested in hosting.

Sherry Stilley, international exchange coordinator, EF Foundation for

Foreign Study, Mitchell

Monsanto program continues, is worth it

To the Editor:

Earlier this year, The Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education was fortunate to be the recipient of a $2,500 donation through the Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program. On behalf of the Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education, I want to make farmers in Davison County aware of the continued program and ask them to tell others about it. One farmer will win the opportunity to designate a nonprofit organization to receive the $2,500 donation. Farmers can enter now through Dec. 31.

The Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education would greatly appreciate receiving another donation, but farmers can choose another eligible nonprofit organization that they think will benefit our community. To qualify, the farmer must be at least 21 years old and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton.

Yet another reason to sign up, the Monsanto Fund will donate $1 per entry to the local United Way. In any case, we all win.

For more information go to or call 877-267-3332. It only takes a few minutes.

Nicole Fuhrer, development director, Mitchell Foundation for Catholic Education, Mitchell

There's cash in U.S., but not doing good

To the Editor:

Now that the election is over, we won't have to listen to the political ads. But now we have to listen to all the analyzers figuring how everybody voted and why.

Anyway, the Republicans are pretty well in charge. They are vowing spending cuts of $100 billion. That is great if they can do it without cutting more jobs and still deliver the services we expect from our government. So far, nobody wants to indicate where they intend to make the cuts. Now the Federal Reserve is pushing a $600 billion stimulus plan. That is a lot of money and it might stimulate the economy temporarily, but it is adding too much to our national debt that is gong to force us into bankruptcy if we don't find a way to pay for it.

That could be done by letting the tax cuts expire on individuals making over $250 thousand and letting the inheritance tax kick in with a $2 million exemption then five percent on the next million and an additional 5 percent on each additional million. If you made that much money in your lifetime, you ought to be willing to give some of it back after you are dead.

We have the money in this country, but maybe 10 percent of the people have most of it in their private bank accounts and investments, where it isn't doing the country of the rest of the public any good.

John Zilverberg, Highmore

Allow local C-store to move forward

To the Editor:

I hope some or all City Council members get a chance to read this before the Nov. 15 council meeting.

Do not be intimidated by Ray Borgen, a recovering alcoholic who lives across the street from the proposed C-store, and is now threatening to petition for a vote if the council approves off sale beer.

This is an open invitation to Mr. Borgen to attend some of the 18 open AA or four closed AA meetings held at 424 E. Ninth. I have been a part of that group since the mid to late '90s and have never seen him there.

So please, Mr. Borgen, show up and do some 12-step work in helping others instead of fighting legitimate businesses who are only trying to do what others do in Mitchell and the state. Please also bring the Rev. Ulmer and the Rev. Torberson with you; they are welcome also.

Prohibition, sir, does not work and this is America, where too many individual rights are being denied. The gentlemen building this store are cleaning up a corner that needs it. There are other residences in the area that need cleaning up and that have issues far more important than people buying alcohol at a convenience store. There are meetings for those type issues too.

My point to the City Council is to pass the off-sale license for these gentlemen and give them the rights every other business like theirs has and call Mr. Borgen's bluff. I will look forward to hearing from you Mr. Borgen; I'm in the phone book and I look forward to seeing you and your friends at some meetings where you can do something constructive rather than destructive.

Doug Stewart, Mitchell