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On Jan. 6, I was watching the official count of the Electoral College votes. Suddenly the reporters outside the Capitol became panicky as they were being pushed and overrun. They reported that the Capitol was being invaded. I watched in terror as a mob of violent people screaming like animal…

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I question the wisdom of having political parties write civics curriculum for our students, particularly in a strong one party state as we are in. This brings to mind history lessons where leaders dictated teachings to students to indoctrinate them to their way of thinking.

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First and foremost, my comments herein are apolitical, with no opinion either way about past President Trump.  My comments instead address Constitutional Law.

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The school nurses, along with the Meade School District, would like to thank Sturgis Rally Charities for their generous donation of $5,000 to bring the Delta Dental Mobile Program to the Meade School District. This donation pays for the Delta Mobile to serve students every February and Novem…

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Perhaps Governor Noem needs to peruse the K-12 curriculum to realize civics is taught in:

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Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds should vote to convict Donald Trump when his impeachment trial concludes in the U. S. Senate. President Trump, by his words that had clear meaning to his followers, incited an insurrection against the very government he leads, resulting in the mob riot at the…

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In Gov. Kristi Noem’s speech to the state she referred to an article in the Federalist that said that children were being indoctrinated in schools and moving to the left. In this article by Joy Pullman she says that good civics teaches students “how to be self-governing rather than governed,…

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When SD Attorney General Ravnsborg was ask by a reporter whether he has attempted to contact Boever’s family, Ravnsborg replied, “We attempted to reach out to them early on.”

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I fully agree with the points made in the December 12, 2020 editorial, “South Dakota’s financial gain came with other sacrifices”.  It has been scientifically proven that wearing masks helps prevent the spread of this virus.  While I understand her reluctance to issue a mask mandate, she sho…

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Greetings citizens of the Northern Hills! Many of you know me in an official capacity as the director of a local non-profit. I am writing this as a private citizen and not in any official capacity.

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I commend you for your willingness to challenge Governor Noem’s role in dealing with the pandemic.  It seems to me that her major concern is the dollars that keeping the state “open” will bring in. The fact that doing so has cost more illness and deaths proportionally than almost anywhere in…

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On behalf of the Spearfish Senior Center, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our Building Repair Fund. As many people are aware, our building suffered major water damage due to an underground water leak. Damages have added up to over $93,000 which was not covered by insura…

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Have you noticed the number of Covid-19 cases in SD is trending down?  Do you think that MaskUp SD and MaskUp Spearfish plus the fact that more people are wearing masks has anything to do with it?  I do. Keep it up, SD!  Now is not the time to start thinking masks are not necessary.

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Noem recommended and encouraged South Dakotans to “wear masks, social distance and practice good hygiene.” “This is not a sprint but a marathon.” “Be responsible.”

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An article in the Pioneer regarding a proposed uranium mine in the southwest Hills leaves the impression that uranium mining is safe and clean, and that groundwater would be protected. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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There are good reasons why the permitting process for uranium mining in the Black Hills has taken so long. Many local residents are not happy with the prospect of the chemical byproducts of the mining process (including lead and other heavy metals) being injected into aquifers below the mini…

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I’m writing out of frustration and out of pity for the people who are clearly improperly informed. I ask that you take a section and write about the true right of a person to wear a mask. I work at a gas station and we are asked to ask customers to wear a mask, not only for our safety but fo…

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I was pleased when Sturgis police arrested a protestor during the Rally for “vandalism damage in excess of $10,000.” The vandal’s name was Andrew Callaghan, and the arrest was front-page news in the Aug. 11 Pioneer. I thought, finally, a protestor will receive the punishment deserved for his…

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These days, it’s common to heap praise and thanks on our front-line medical workers. They have gone above and beyond our expectations, giving of themselves in the most difficult of circumstances. Undoubtedly, these workers entered their professions with altruistic goals in mind, realizing th…

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Eliza Blue, columnist, who writes “Little Pasture on the Prairie” brings so many beautiful images to life. She’s a wonderful writer and it’s a joy to read her work.

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This Pioneer reader wants to thank the Pioneer for its well-done coverage of the 2020 elections. Lawrence County readers learn much from the issue-oriented analysis of state legislative candidates.

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On Sept. 26, the paper published an op-ed by Mr. David Volk who urged Republicans not to vote for President Trump and without directly mentioning it, endorsed the Democratic challenger. I found it ironic and humorous that this came out shortly before the 82nd anniversary of the infamous Muni…

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Did anyone besides me find it ironic and instructive that the pictures on Page 2 of the Oct. 5th Pioneer showed one of the reasons South Dakota is second in the country in new cases of COVID-19 per capita.  As near as I could tell from the pictures only one woman of the “thousands” in attend…

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Our local building inspector Dennis has a job that is not always appreciated for all the hard work he does, and I want to take a minute to say thank you to him for his dedication and hard work he does for our community.

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Is anyone else disgusted by our governor’s response to the worst public health crisis of the last century? She seems to view the COVID-19 pandemic as just one big marketing opportunity for herself. Instead of taking proactive steps to flatten the infection curve, Kristi Noem runs ads showing…

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The Community Grant given to South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger (SAH) by the Spearfish Walmart is being used by Sportsmen Against Hunger to help pay for processing of deer harvested by hunters and donated to the local community food pantry through the local game processor.

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I’ve had the app on my phone for a long time now to scan my receipts for Box Tops for Education. I’ve had a small container on the seal of my kitchen windows for years to collect clipped Box Tops for Education. I’ve been poor about the app, but in the past month have challenged myself to be …

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The below statements were made to justify ignoring Obama’s pick for Supreme Court. The Senate did not even do what they swore and oath to do and that is “Advise and Consent.” The Senate Republicans have no right to make a pick for the Court to replace Justice Ginsberg until the “people” deci…

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In four months, the United States has been transformed into an obedient socialist country. Government dictates what events are acceptable to attend; violent protests and riots are okay but going to church is deemed dangerous and illegal. Standing in a graduation line is a health hazard. Smal…

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I have lost full faith and confidence in the Spearfish school board. I attended the Spearfish school board meeting on Aug. 10. I was not surprised but was extremely disappointed in the outcome of the board’s decision to not use every safety precaution available to protect our children, teach…