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South Dakotans are struggling with the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and some are finding it difficult even to pay for essential services, such as electricity and water. Some utility providers have decided to suspend shut-offs due to unpaid bills during the pandemic, including…

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In reading Mr. Swayze’s letter (Press & Dakotan, May 22), I’m unable to discern what his point might be.

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I am writing this on Memorial Day, thinking back on friends I lost during my career as a pilot in the United States Air Force. Unfortunately, many of the deaths were needless, the result of bad luck, or worse, carelessness.

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Gov. Noem, you are signing all sorts of executive orders to help businesses in the state, so how about signing a few orders to help individuals and families who are about to get kicked out of their apartments or homes because they cannot pay the rent, because you know, they have no jobs right now?

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Sioux Falls is not opening any pools or aquatic centers. So has the Yankton City commissioners considered that the aquatic center may not be able to open next year or, if it does, that attendance will have to be reduced? Or that people will be too afraid to go somewhere where catching COVID-…

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Mark and I would like to express our deep appreciation to the Yankton School District staff and teachers, booster groups, family and other groups outside of school that have impacted the development, creativity, skills and abilities of our children.

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Denied Truth: Vietnam projects 0 coronavirus deaths as the U.S. projects 100,000 COVID deaths that obviously did not need to happen. That score card necessarily illuminates how well denying the truth or the age old big lie propaganda machine can work for good or corrupt politicians wanting t…

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Although three high-ranking Obama officials could see no reason for the prosecution of a case against Gen. Flynn, the Obama FBI led by Comey and his ilk got the general into a bad place and convinced him to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

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Thank you for your article recognizing the teachers who are retiring in the Yankton School District. (Press & Dakotan, May 16) Without the YSD end-of-year recognition banquet, there is no platform for teachers to be recognized and honored by their peers for their years of dedicated service.

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We would like to honor all veterans who served, and who are serving, and especially those who gave their all. Please remember all veterans on this Memorial Day.

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This year, National EMS Week is May 17-23. The 2020 EMS Week theme is “Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow.” This theme, which was developed long before our current COVID-19 public health pandemic, is particularly meaningful now as we witness EMS professionals rallying to support those affec…

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I am going to be blunt: I am fed up after reading of the recent vandalization of the gravesite of Yankton’s daughter, Tammy Haas.

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In regards to the letter, “Facts, Not Fabrication,” published in Thursday’s Press & Dakotan, the letter’s author, Nancy Schenk subsequently reached out to the P&D to note one item in her letter was incorrect. She said that, in fact, salvage yards WILL still require a conditional-use …

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As the COVID-19 cases in South Dakota continue to rise, Gov. Kristi Noem extended her order for senior citizens and those who are medically at risk in Minnehaha and Lincoln counties to stay home in place. She has not issued an order for all citizens to shelter in place. One would think that …

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This is written in response to the “Point of View” column by Yankton County Commissioner Dan Klimisch (“Focusing on Solutions,” Press & Dakotan, May 7).

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A few stats South Dakotans may wish to share with their governor. Alaska and South Dakota both have similar populations. (South Dakota: 903,027; Alaska: 734,002)

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As a retired federal employee with 32 years of service I wish to take this time to say thank you to all public servants, past and present. As recently as 2018, South Dakota had a total of 21,956 Active and Retired Federal and Postal employees. Of that number 11,207 were Federal Annuitants, 8…

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On April 23, 2020, a bipartisan group of six senators wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin asking him to extend the “safe harbor” deadline for wind and solar projects because of COVID-19. This extension would give the renewable energy companies more time to collect even more tax cred…

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A spokesperson from Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls allegedly told a VICE reporter that “living circumstances in certain cultures” and a “large immigrant population” are to blame for the 725 cases of COVID-19 amongst staff.

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The Democrats are at it again. Nancy Pelosi and crew want $3.6 BILLION of our money, to set up and run the mail-in vote for the November election.

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I am both happy and leery to see things open back up. And I agree that going back to normal isn’t going to happen very soon. I also believe that people should still be cautious when going out to shop or eat and that that decision should be left up to us.

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In response to the April 23 Press & Dakotan Letter to the Editor from Mr. David Balfany who lambasted our good and honorable governor:

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Emerging daily is the revelation that the mortality rate of COVID-19 has been grossly overstated — and the rapidly growing concern that lockdown will produce a dramatic uptick in depression — producing a host of mental health problems — that may well spike the incidence of suicide — an indic…

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This month marks the 99th anniversary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ernest Bowyer Post 791 and is also the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. May normally starts with our celebration of Loyalty Day. President Eisenhower established Loyalty Day as a recognized holiday in 1955. The official …

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Some religious types request of me an “authentically Christian badge” — belief about abortion, making LGBTQ modern day lepers, hating Hillary, believing fake news of the Fox News weed patch.

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Our current economic disaster and unnecessary deaths can be largely explained by analyzing the president’s missteps. Shortly after taking office, President Trump defunded and dismantled government pandemic watchdog committees. Regarding coronavirus, Donald Trump got his first warnings in lat…

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Gov. Noem’s April 17 press briefing, with the Secretary of Health, caught my attention by virtue of an internet video feed. Dressed wearing a camouflage baseball cap and blue jeans, the unspoken message was one of honest hard work focused on a critical mission.

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I would like to talk about vaccines and how they have impacted our world. The history of vaccines dates back over 200 years and has helped prevent the spread of many infectious diseases. Tuberculosis, papilloma virus, chickenpox and many more infectious diseases have been lowered in number b…

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Since 1957 Lyndon LaRouche has been warning the nation of a collapse of the financial system. He said why and proposed the American System to replace it. You didn’t listen. Now see what you don’t have!

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As the COVID-19 crisis grows larger every day, cancer patients — many of whom already have compromised immune systems — are more vulnerable than ever. We at the American Cancer Society want to ensure that cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones, know we are here for them during this…

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I grew up in South Dakota and left the state some 36 years ago but I still have a great love for the state and its people. Much of my family and many friends still live there. I live in Missouri now but I keep up with South Dakota news by reading the Press & Dakotan online daily.

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The Smithfield Plant in Sioux Falls is owned by China. Who let that happen? Half of the illnesses in South Dakota from COVID-19 were in that plant.

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It’s heartbreaking to see what our country and its people are going through because of this coronavirus pandemic. There are few who are not impacted, either health wise or financially. Undue panic spread by the media, written or spoken on TV, will destroy our economy and  leave future genera…

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This is in response to the letter “Keep It In Perspective.” (Press & Dakotan, April 10)

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Reporting of the coronavirus by the TV news channels and radio talk shows illustrated to me that America has lost the integrity and professionalism of reporting the news accurately for the more profitable gold standard called “RATINGS.”

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You have to hand it to the nation of Germany for being hard-nosed and efficient.

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I am so tired of hearing about what Trump is not doing right against the virus. It is not the government’s (job) to help stop the virus. It is up to the people to stop it. Do your part.

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Elizabeth and I wear our homemade face masks when shopping at grocery, hardware and other stores in Yankton because, from our work experience, facial masks help minimize spread of infectious “stuff” from our sneezes, coughs and exhalations.

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Your editorial states it well: “When this pandemic finally ends, there will be many assessments regarding the cost in lives and capital.”(Press & Dakotan, April 3)

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With all the congressional drama happening in Washington, D.C., I don’t want to forget about one of our most fundamental environmental laws: the Endangered Species Act. Passed practically unanimously in 1973 during the Nixon administration, the Endangered Species Act protects our imperiled p…

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Retired Doctor of Orthopedic Medicine Dr Jack Billion of Sioux Falls, and retired 22-year legislator Frank Kloucek of Scotland, ask South Dakotans to stay home, but when you must go out wear face masks in all public spaces like grocery stores.

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A recent article in Farm Forum magazine (Feb. 20, 2020) about wind parks revealed how landowners are treated with respect. When the landowner doesn’t have a wind tower but lives close to one he receives a “good neighbor payment” of several thousand dollars per year. This is taking place in K…

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There are people living in Yankton — and I am sure there are people all over the country — who are really naive.

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Why can Nebraska release age and gender of COVID-19 virus, no name, and where they were at the day before they tested (ex. Walmart, March 25, 2-3 p.m.; Shopko, March 26, 10-11 a.m.)?

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The Senate has so far passed three bills aimed at providing relief to American families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Many South Dakotans have reached out to ask what these bills mean for them, so we created a page on my website where we’re providing answers to some of the most freque…

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Faith and trust work with trustworthiness. Trust in God works because God keeps promises. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “Lo, I am with you always.”