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Letter: South Dakota's GOP dominance isn't healthy

What is happening is the loss of individual rights, loss of school district funding/textbook selection, and mandating control of our society by radical groups with help from GOP legislators?

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To the Editor:

South Dakota politics are dominated by the Republican Party (GOP), which is endangering the lives and liberty of all the citizens of South Dakota and the USA. Look to the legislature and see what they (and supporters) have proposed thus far.

Look at some legislators, out-of-state influencers coming in, and South Dakota groups supporting the ban on anything for trans youth, even if their parents, doctors, and mental health professionals support trans youth. Groups like the South Dakota Heritage Alliance, Concerned Women for America, South Dakota Catholic Conference, and the South Dakota Freedom Caucus. Groups which are faith-based Constitutional movements that are a “political movement that embraces far-right nationalism and the forceful suppression of any opposition, all overseen by an authoritarian government (10-20-2020, CBS News Leslie Gorstein.)” This is ChristoFascism.

Look to HB 1234, which allows public funds to be spent at private and religious schools. Again, the right GOP, legislators, and associated groups will support the destruction of public schools. Teacher pay in South Dakota is 50th in the nation, and more teachers will leave because of this and other actions by the state government.

The proposed Social Studies Standards emphasize Conservativism (brainwashing?) in the standards. Look at the lack of South Dakota educators input into those standards. Look to HB1070 “…K-12 curriculum available to all public schools in American history and exceptionalism, explaining why America rose to greatness and how to keep it that way…”

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What is happening is the loss of individual rights, loss of school district funding/textbook selection, and mandating control of our society by radical groups with help from GOP legislators? Is this what South Dakota citizens want? Your choice or your loss. Which do you want?

By the way, “Christian/Bible/God” is not in the Constitution.

Paul Harens

Yankton

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