Editor (addressed to Nick Lowery):

My name is Richard McCarthy. I am former high school geography teacher and currently a resident of Bethesda, Maryland.

I will be visiting the Dakotas in July (Pierre-July 15-16) and sought (among other things) to prepare for the visit by subscribing to your newspaper (paper edition) for about five months. That was quite a stack. I was delighted to discover the wonderful local, regional and state articles in the Journal. Many of the articles caught my eye. I would mention them all if that were possible:

“No end in sight for hurtful shutdown” Lambro.

“Air Force names Ellsworth as top pick for new bomber” Staff.

“Class AA All-State basketball team has ESD flavor” Carroll.

“Pierre advisory: Don’t Drink untreated city water” Lee

“Who is your favorite Hometown Hero? Staff.

“South Dakota’s Missile Field” Mammenga.

“Four days or five? Capital area superintendents weigh in” Byrnes.

“Tornado history in South Dakota” Bartels.

“Peer power: Farmers get out of neighborhoods to find advice” Pates.

“SD faces growing urban-rural digital divide” Griffith.

“Digging out” Lee/Byrnes.

“Healing and Isolation” Byrnes.

“One more chance to look at options for Medicare…” Lieberman.

Your sweeping coverage of the stories of the individuals, families, farming, history, health, sports, politics, community problems, community leadership, education, jobs, etc.…helps this outsider, who’s never been onto the Great Plains before, get more of a feeling of what to expect as I travel from small town to small town across these two big sky states. I can’t wait!

Thank you and…best wishes,

Richard McCarthy, Bethesda, MD

Editor:

The South Dakota Hall of Fame once again missed an opportunity to acknowledge one of the giants of our state’s history. For the second straight year, Senator Larry Pressler has been denied entry into the state’s hall of fame. Senator Pressler served our state admirably for 18 years in the United States Senate and four years in the United States House of Representatives.

Senator Pressler is a beacon of honesty and integrity in our state. The people of South Dakota saw it fit to send Mr. Pressler to congress for two decades. It only makes sense we send him to the hall of fame for his dedicated service to our state.

Senator Pressler has helped to shape the world we live in today through the Telecommunications Act of 1996, legislation that allowed him to work across the aisle with President Bill Clinton. Moreover, Mr. Pressler’s honesty and integrity were on full display when he refused to be bribed during the Abscam investigations.

In this age of hyper-polarized politics, it is important we put political affiliations aside and honor a gentleman who so diligently worked to make our lives better. Some Republicans in the state are mad that Mr. Pressler ran as an independent in the 2014 senate race. We cannot let grudges and personal pettiness get in the way of honoring one of our state’s dedicated servants.

Along with serving in the United States Senate for 18 years, Senator Pressler is a Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, and university lecturer. Let’s honor a true South Dakotan. Let’s send Senator Pressler to the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Jason A. Van Engen, Sioux Falls

Editor:

When I read about North Dakota’s denial of a wind project permit recently I began to wonder. I wondered if Tom Kirschenmann from SD’s Game Fish and Parks, a man charged with protecting wildlife and habitat, wished he had testified during the evidentiary hearings as strongly as the North Dakota Game and Fish Department had in their testimony. It is clear from their statements that they recognize the lasting negative effects wind turbines have on wildlife and habitat, especially native prairie grasslands. I also wondered if our P.U.C. commissioners wished they had used their discretionary power to deem any of the recent projects unsuitable. Oh, how I wish there were someone in South Dakota willing to fight at the top levels of Government! We are rooting for you, whoever you are. Step up and make a difference – and please do it before more undisturbed native prairie is permanently damaged!

Darci Adam, Clark, SD

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