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LETTER: Calling for a more diverse opinion page

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To the Editor:

The beginning of a new year seems like the right time to decide what changes, if any, need to be made in ourselves, our state, our nation and in The Daily Republic's opinion page. 2018 is an election year, and if we learned anything in 2016, we learned that who gets elected can make a big difference in our lives. We also learned that what is presented as news or as expressed opinion in the media, including the internet, can influence who gets elected. So, who are regular columnists on the MDR opinion page?

An incomplete short list of regular columnists, not including people from Avon complaining about wind turbines: Cal Thomas is one of the most loyal extreme apologists and justifier of all things conservative Republican; Sens. Thune and Rounds and Rep. Noem are also apologists and justifiers of all things conservative Republican, including justifying our addicted liar, obstructer of justice prone, conflicted of interest and just plain mean spirited President Trump; Gov. Daugaard occasionally sounds like he knows what he is talking about and certainly isn't mean spirited (we can probably thank his wife for that), but the state budget problems continue and worthy projects are put on hold. Maybe it's time for the state to seriously consider a state income tax to diversify the revenue base. Then there is the Mallard Fillmore cartoon — what sarcastic nonsense, ridiculing everything and everyone. This cartoon is not helping move the discussion in a positive direction.

The point of all this being — that opinions of conservative Republicans appear regularly, but opposing points of view are few and far between. Why aren't there, liberal, progressive Democratic and independent opinions expressed regularly on the MDR opinion page except by a few letter writers? Why don't we see columns by Democratic candidates instead of just Republican incumbents? Holding our elected officials accountable should be part of the media's job. There really needs to be alternative viewpoints expressed regularly on the opinion page or — it's just a propaganda page for the incumbents.

Come on readers, let the paper know your thoughts.

Richard Peterson