Lincoln County doesn’t need a new jail, Rounds a disgrace: Your Letters to the Editor for Oct. 18

Rendering of the proposed Lincoln County Public Safety Center from a presentation prepared by Elevatus Architecture shown at the commission meeting on Oct. 6, 2020.

Letters to the Editor for October 18:

Lincoln County doesn’t need a new jail

To my fellow Lincoln County residents: do you know that three out of five Lincoln County commissioners are trying to pass a $50 million jail to service 190 beds? The daily average of inmates is between 40-50, which is a far cry from the 190 beds that they think we need. Do you know that there is a lawsuit pending regarding the commission vote, that the judge ruled against the commission and it is not settled? What’s the big hurry…so if and when the lawsuit gets settler it’s too late, oh well? Do you know that this jail is to be built within 1.25 miles of an elementary school and in a neighborhood? How about are you sick of your taxes continuingly going up year after year after year?

This my friends is exactly what will happen and not only will they go up for the brick and mortar part but will substantially go up for the daily operations and maintenance which is not included in the $50 million proposal. They have every intention of enacting an opt out at your expense. The money has to come from somewhere so your property taxes it is! This jail is proposed to be built within the Tea City limits not Canton where the county seat sits. This new jail is not in the best interest for Lincoln County right now.

Please vote noon Lincoln County Jail. Let our voices be heard on November 3rd.

Carla Ochsner, Tea

That’s not how testing works

I want to say that I have much respect for Gov. Noem and feel she has represented the interests of our state well. However when she says” cases are up because of more testing,” she’s politicizing the pandemic and willfully misleading South Dakotans. Either she is not as smart as I thought or she believes South Dakotans are dumb? It defied logical thinking every time I heard Pres. Trump say it, and it still does now. If she truly believes this, her staff should inform her on how testing actually works.

Glen Gary, Sioux Falls

Jorgensen for president

Which presidential candidate will get America out of foreign wars, create the best economy, and decrease the national debt? That would be Jo Jorgensen, the 63 year old Libertarian candidate. Even though she was the Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate in 1996, she has never held public office. She will be the fresh face Washington, D.C. needs to get America out of this mess.

Jo Jorgensen will get American troops out of foreign wars. She will have a strong military to defend American soil, not the interests of foreign governments. Jorgensen supports the Switzerland model of avoiding involvement in foreign wars but still having a strong military to defend America. Americans in Iowa don’t need to be paying for France’s protection. The French can defend themselves better than we can. America has 800 military bases in 70 countries. In 2019 the US military dropped 7,423 bombs in Afghanistan. That is the most bombs dropped in a single year since America invaded Afghanistan in 2001. Also in Afghanistan 2,447 service members lost their lives and 20,772 have been wounded since 2001. That is a terrible price to pay for little to no gain. Jo Jorgensen will get America out of foreign entanglements such as Afghanistan.

Jo Jorgensen will allow the economy to prosper. She will cut taxes. She will empower people to be truly free to spend their own money. She will cut regulations, so businesses can grow freely. Government has never spent your tax dollars efficiently or effectively. The American government needs to deregulate so that small businesses are able to grow without having to waste time going through red tape created by bureaucrats in D.C. With cutting taxes and deregulation, the economy Jo Jorgensen will help to create will be the best economy America has seen.

Lastly, Jo Jorgensen will decrease the national debt. She will decrease the military budget. Jo will veto any appropriations/spending bills that will increase spending. Jo will dismantle all nonessential federal agencies which number as many as 300. Because of America’s outrageous debt every child at birth owes over $80,000. With less debt America can prosper, that is what Jo Jorgensen will do to the national debt.

Jo Jorgensen will work towards getting America out of foreign wars, help to create the best economy, and lower the national debt. The other candidates will say those things but they have never done them. Democrats and Republicans have been in power since the Civil War and have only increased control over your lives. Jo Jorgensen will give you back the power to decide what you want to do and how to do it. Vote Jo Jorgensen 2020.

Dayton Knobloch, Alvord, IA

Rounds, GOP Senate a disgrace

Mike Rounds is taking South Dakota voters for granted! He hasn’t even bothered to use television advertising that I have observed to this point. It really sad that a Republican candidate for high office doesn’t even have to bother with campaigning for his seat in the senate.

The senate GOP has abandoned the public, democracy and all sense of honor and decency. They have made it clear they don’t care if millions are forced to work in life threatening conditions, die of disease, are murdered by our own military, or starve in the latest mass unemployment event that has become a recurring theme under their control. The real purpose of all these right wing judges is to guarantee a subservient population with no standing against moneyed interests in the courts. Another year and that’s where we will be.

Attention GOP Senators: General Mattis had seen and heard enough to call Trump out for his lack of maturity and not having a lick of sense. Now the GOP Senators are still cowering in the corner and None of them look to have guts to make a peep. What a disgrace to the institution and the Constitution. These are supposed to be leaders who allow a tweeting idiot to Control them. This is beyond any logic as they have the power of the Senate. McConnell is obviously too busy piling up money and Graham is still in the closet. The others have excuses that should qualify all of them to be removed from office. The GOP is lost and these people are too.

How embarrassing that the USA looks like a banana republic to the rest of the world and they are still too blind to see it themselves. What a Disgrace the US Senate is! Rounds will just slide into being re-elected without any real effort expended. What a sorry situation.

David Anderson, Sioux Falls

Thanks for wearing a mask

When I was a freshman in high school, one of my classmates wrote a paper asserting that speed limits violate his right to drive fast. The teacher, apparently at wit’s end, said “Do you really believe that?” I think about this every time I see a news clip showing a shopper shouting at a hapless store clerk about their right to not wear a mask. They might as well be saying “I have a Humvee and I have the right to drive it down the interstate at 120 miles per hour; everyone who doesn’t like it should just stay out of my way.”

We all want things to get back to normal, but the shortest easiest way to do that is for everyone to wear a mask in public places for a while. Wearing a mask isn’t a violation of our freedom, it’s our clearest route forward to freedom from the virus. It’s also a sign of respect for other people who don’t want to be run off the road and into a hospital by a speeding Humvee.

Robyn Livermore, Sioux Falls

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