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To the Editor: The shock at the House State Affairs Committee hearing on Medicaid expansion (HB 1210) on Feb. 19 in Pierre was palpable. A collective "Ohhhhh, no," was expressed by many of the 40-plus audience members, as the committee voted 8-5 to move the bill to the 41st day, killing it, for all practical purposes. Although called a "no-brainer," Medicaid expansion took more than the brains available on that day. Expansion has broad implications for economic growth in South Dakota, plus an opportunity for 48,000 citizens to have medical insurance coverage and better health care.
To the Editor: Legislators in Pierre are again not focusing on the real issues facing South Dakota, but focusing on lowering the quality of women's health care in the state. This time, they're doing it under the guise of banning so-called "sex-selective abortions." Even though they can't point to a single instance of a sex-selective abortion occurring in South Dakota, supporters say this ban is necessary because of South Dakota's growing immigrant communities. Give me a break. House Bill 1162 is offensive to women of all backgrounds.
To the Editor: Michael Kirwan's letter on March 1, praising President Reagan for his support of farmers during the 1980s farm crisis, gives credit where credit is not due. Yes, as Kirwan stated, farmers were decimated by the high interest rates of the 1970s. However, presidents do not control interest rates; the Federal Reserve does. Fed Chairman Paul Volcker actually started addressing inflation and high interest rates during the Carter administration.
To the Editor: Spending millions of dollars on the Corn Palace is a waste of taxpayers' money and will destroy the integrity of the Corn Palace. Replacing murals for glass...
To the Editor: What is happening right before our eyes here in America? Activist judges are making laws rather than interpreting according to constitutional standards. Ever since last year when DOMA (the defense of marriage act) was struck down, almost weekly some judge is striking down another state's law that says marriage is between one man and one woman (just as many predicted).
To the Editor: The South Dakota Senate's impending decision that would make recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance a mandatory part of the public school day compels me to share...
To the Editor: House Bill 1162 is one of the worst bills to come up this legislative session. The bill would make it a felony to terminate a pregnancy solely because of the sex of the fetus, but supporters can't even identify an instance where that has ever occurred in South Dakota. Even Republican Sen. Bruce Rampelberg, Rapid City, called it "a solution in search of a problem." It's a thinly veiled attempt to attack a woman's right to choose.
To the Editor: I have been listening to the Legislature regarding its handling of some of the issues that affect the citizens of South Dakota, particularly the water and mining issues. It appears that they are more beholden to big business (Powertech) and mining interests than to the people of South Dakota. They would rather risk the livelihoods of our ranchers, the integrity of tourism and the health of the residents of the southern Black Hills and give profits to China and Canada (Powertech).
To the Editor: The Legislature supports a secretive government to put blinders over the public’s eyes, and those blinders are now covering their own. In 2010, the state blindly agreed to completely change our education system to Common Core standards, without an analysis of the costs. Four years later, our Legislature presented HB 1214 to require a study and analysis of the costs associated with these drastic mandates on our local school districts. Representatives Bartling, Hawks, Stevens, Johns, Ring, Tulson, Ecklund and Tyler voted to not even take a look at what those costs were.
To the Editor: South Dakotans are fortunate to have Tim Johnson, a man of exemplary character, to represent us in the U.S. Senate. But now that Johnson is retiring, we...