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LETTER: Integrity, values missing in U.S. Senate

To the Editor: Where are our voices in the Senate? At a time when the national debt is increasing at more than twice the rate it did during the previous administration, when our closest allies are Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union, our farmers ge...

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To the Editor:

Where are our voices in the Senate?

At a time when the national debt is increasing at more than twice the rate it did during the previous administration, when our closest allies are Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union, our farmers get lip service to their sacrifice and loss, we stand alone against the consensus of the world and against our children and grandchildren facing climate change, and our president is more concerned about his bottom line than the security of our country, where are our voices in the U.S. Senate?

Representing the integrity, values, and heritage of the people of South Dakota four previous senators of both parties Kent Conrad, Tom Daschle, Larry Pressler, and Bryon Dorgan have exhibited leadership by jointly signing a bipartisan national editorial with forty other retired senators feeling an "obligation to speak up about serious challenges to the rule of law, the Constitution, our governing institutions and our national security." They stated: "At other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time."

Two years ago, our senators railed against increasing federal government debt and complained loudly about a failed foreign policy. They promised to protect the family farm and the values of South Dakotans.

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Where are the voices of our current senators now? Do they feel that run-away debt is now ok? Why are they not leading an effort protect our famers from market killing tariffs? Is a foreign policy of bowing to the Russians and the Saudis somehow strengthening our country's security?

Senators, please, for God's sake, take a leadership role, speak up now!

Keith Steva

Arlington

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