To the Editor:

The mission of the South Dakota Hall of Fame is to champion a culture of excellence in South Dakota.

I believe former Senator Larry Pressler should be recognized by the South Dakota Hall of Fame for a number of reasons.

Sen. Pressler had the honor of attending St. Edward Hall at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar along with Harvard Law School. His culture of excellence shone when he served in the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968.

Sen. Pressler served in the House of Representatives from 1976-1979 and in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997.

I believe Sen. Pressler’s efforts in South Dakota prevailed when he authored and won Congressional and Presidential approval of a reform for telecommunications legislations through the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

It is time to recognize this service Sen. Pressler has given to the State of South Dakota.

The South Dakota Hall of Fame made a grievous mistake when they failed to induct Sen. Larry Pressler.

M.E. Kirby

Sioux Falls