Letters to the editor for June 6:
Wear orange to raise awareness about gun violence
About 100 South Dakotas die each year from gun violence. 80% of these people die by suicide by firearms. These victims are teenagers, veterans, farmers, neighbors and family members who live in our cities, rural areas and reserves. They leave behind grieving families, friends and communities.
June 4-6 is Wear Orange weekend, and June 4 is the 7th National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Across the country, people will wear orange to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence. Monuments and businesses will light up orange to support awareness of gun violence. Why oranges? Orange is the color worn by hunters in the woods for protection.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Students Demand Action are non-partisan, local volunteer organizations working to save lives from gun violence. Join us in honoring the victims and survivors of gun violence.
Julie Parker, Sioux Falls
Getting $ 15 is worth spending $ 1
Good news and bad news: The good news is that the federal government is offering South Dakota an annual amount of $ 280 million to benefit hospitals and clinics statewide if our state legislature votes to expand Medicaid. The condition is that our state contributes $ 1 for every $ 15 federal received. Any financial advisor will tell you that it is crazy to pass up such a great return on your investment. Call it $ 1 a tax or an investment, whatever the name, it benefits every community in our state. These dollars pay hospitals and clinics and are immediately spent in grocery stores, hardware stores, dealerships, all businesses up and down Main Street for the benefit of the whole community.
In addition, strengthening two of the well-paid groups in each town and village, hospitals and clinics.
Now the bad news. Our legislature has voted year after year against the expansion of Medicaid, missing those millions of dollars, weakening our healthcare facilities and, by extension, entire communities across the state. That $ 1 of investment or tax must be too high a price to pay for the $ 15 offered.
Republican and Democratic administrations urge us to expand Medicaid. Looking around we see North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska all with the expansion of Medicaid, all benefiting from those federal dollars. Three Republican states in our neighborhood, all with the expansion of Medicaid. And here we are sitting, left out, watching our health care system, especially in small communities, recede and shut down a lot. Bad news indeed. It doesn’t have to be.
Contact your elected officials, state and federal, urging them to support the expansion of Medicaid. We missed long enough. The expansion of Medicaid will benefit the entire state.
Sandra Ellingsen, Sioux Falls
Thune and Rounds are wrong, absent in the vote of January 6
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, when given the opportunity to stand up for good and good, Senators John Randolph Thune and Marion Michael Rounds showed their disdain for the United States Constitution, their hatred of representative democracy and their genuflection towards a former genocidal and authoritarian president.
And why? Pathetic politics simple and without morals. They collaborated and supported the insurgents, seditionists, fascists, hateful white supremacists, traitors to the country. They are obviously unable to stand up to their dishonorable Senate leader Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr., and clearly a money-taker from Chinese Communist Party members.
According to reports, to justify his decision, Mr Thune used the excuse that he was worried about politics with the upcoming midterm elections? He better be worried, because he and his colleagues have guaranteed that at least I, a strong independent, will not vote for a single Republican candidate this time around, at any level. But then, my vote means nothing to Thune since he seems incapable of considering the competing interests of the various peoples of South Dakota. Rounds, using an even more miserable excuse that he was too busy with a committee meeting to conduct people’s business on an important vote; unfinished.
I’m going to reflect on some of our greatest generation anti-fascist heroes, such as Harold Thune, an aviation ace and Distinguished Flying Cross winner in WWII, who fought to save us from right-wing fascism. , and Marion Rounds who gave her life in the defeat of fascism.
Paul Johnson, Brookings
In support of Sen. Rounds
South Dakotas still regard Mike Rounds as an affable governor who enjoys hunting pheasants and discussing crop prices with local farmers. This characterization continues to be at the heart of our US Senator, but there is a new side to Mike Rounds – Senator Rounds – that remains vastly under-represented in his public figure.
Senator Rounds has become an effective diplomat on behalf of the American people. I experienced this during my recent appointment to the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), where we worked together to improve our country’s position in world trade. I have found him to be a trusted partner from his seat on the Senate Banking Committee.
In fact, many people fail to realize that Senator Rounds is one of Washington’s top foreign policy leaders. I use a framework, based on the acronym DIME, to understand influence in world affairs: diplomacy, intelligence, military, and economics. These four factors constitute a country’s ability to project its power internationally.
Senator Rounds is the only Republican senator to sit on three committees that directly oversee these areas of influence: banking, foreign affairs and the armed services. His support for strategic economic tools, like EXIM, only scratches the surface of what falls on his desk. And he doesn’t take this positioning lightly, even if it doesn’t show up in his social media accounts.
From his seat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Rounds recently signed a letter urging President Biden to “stand with Israel and reject the easing of the Iranian sanction.” He was right to do so and the South Dakotas should be proud of that leadership.
Three simple facts support this conclusion: 1. Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. 2. Hamas is a terrorist organization that receives funding and support from Iran. 3. Israel is an invaluable partner for America in the Middle East.
The thread between these three points is clear – Iranian sanctions relief will put additional funds at the disposal of Hamas, which in turn will use them against our ally Israel. Until Iran makes demonstrable changes, US leadership in the region will continue to be essential.
Senator Rounds understood this reality and acted by introducing legislation to limit President Biden’s ability to renegotiate the failed Iran nuclear deal. This is exactly the kind of leadership we need in Washington; principle-based and action-oriented.
Mike Rounds – the Senator – demonstrates a mastery of complex world affairs, using his committee assignments to come up with concrete solutions, and he shows results. The governor of our hometown has found his second calling and has taken it up a notch (while continuing to fight for our breeders here in SD). I understand he only needs one blow for a rooster yet.
Luke J. Lindberg, Harrisburg