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We have recently learned that the president knew the seriousness of the coronavirus, but lied publicly numerous times to mislead us into thinking this virus was similar to the common flu. He and his cabinet were negligent in creating a plan to reduce the spread of the virus. He continued to …

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“Under God, the People rule.” This is supposed to be South Dakota’s state motto. Given recent events, perhaps that motto should be changed to “Kristi Noem and Big Ag rule.”

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As we wait for COVID-19 vaccine, there is mounting evidence that Vitamin D (Vit-D) could be very effective in protecting us from the serious illness induced by the virus.

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Congratulations to Gov. Noem! She has put our great state in the limelight by promoting unrestricted mass gatherings—including fireworks for Donald Trump and the Sturgis biker binge — which have boosted South Dakota to second in the nation in per-capita COVID infections! Now she is spending …

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Donald Trump knew in February how dangerous and deadly coronavirus was going to be but he deliberately played down its severity. Most of us who were watching knew he was lying about the disease. But people closest to Trump, including Republican senators, knew this also. When Republican senat…

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On Memorial Day or any day of the year, I can visit the burial sites of my three brothers who served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Their families and I know they rest in peace in Nebraska and South Dakota, not like the families of the more than 81,900 American MIAs (missing in action) that…

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Our country has a problem. We are fighting to be healthy because of the virus which is all around us. It is more vital than our democracy, which we are. Who started it should be caught and punished, but we don’t know who.

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It would not surprise me to see other states suing South Dakota for hundreds of millions for intentionally bringing more coronavirus to their states after the Sturgis Rally.

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How long is the Yankton Mall going to be closed to the public being able to shop at the few stores still in there? Is there anything the city of Yankton can do to encourage the owner to open the doors and let people shop again? It does not make any sense to keep those small stores closed, sa…

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I am insulted by President Trump’s assertion that he could not tell the American people the severity of the coronavirus because we would panic in more significant ways than just a run on toilet paper. I obviously have a much higher opinion of U.S. citizens than he does. I do not think we are…

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To: Yankton County Planning Commission

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This is in response to Kenneth Leischner’s letter (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 26) which responded to my letter: Your answer to my simple question if you are proud of the cast of characters. I take by your answer you are not proud of them — and I understand why.

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Congratulations to Steve Fejfar for getting inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

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I can’t keep this to myself “no longer.” When COVID started, some stated that what helped it also helped malaria. I searched my favorite herb book — “The Book of Herbal Wisdom” by Matthew Wood. The herb boneset is it! It grows in the eastern U.S. in swampy areas. Old timers used it for chill…

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I can't believe my eyes after seeing on the news how many students at USD have the virus and how many have been quarantined.

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The basis of freedom — “Enslaved” asked why some churches deny women the right to lead? Throughout the Bible the Divine order of the church was given. It started with God in the garden. It wasn’t just the apostle Paul’s opinion. Throughout the Bible it was and is still a command of God for t…

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In this age of ever-contentious letters to the editor, I thought maybe a positive one was in order.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From lear…

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We’ve witnessed the takeover of the Democratic Party by the most radical elements of their party. It has been a long time in the making. As a former Democrat, it has been really hard to watch. Make no mistake. Neither party is what it should be.

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Do you like to vote, to sing the National Anthem, the flag lowered to half-staff in grief, to protest when there is injustice? Our nation began in protest. Thank a veteran!

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This is in response to Larry Skow’s letter (Press & Dakotan, Aug. 19) regarding the “cast of characters” at the Democratic Convention: I wait with bated breath to watch the Republican counterpart. The president who has had five children by three wives, affairs with porn stars and countle…

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China told the World Health Organization (WHO) that the VIRUS was not contagious, which in turn, the WHO told the world not to worry about the COVID 19 VIRUS. This was in January of this year. This was also related to Dr. Fauci, and to the Trump Administration. It was soon discovered that th…

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In her Aug. 11 column in the Press & Dakotan, Gov. Kristi Noem advised South Dakotans that most of us aren’t at risk from COVID-19, so we should just “put on our positive pants.” She apparently agrees with the president, who says the virus will magically go away.

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We understand that our post office is in trouble. Its undermanned, underfunded, overtime is unauthorized and there has been talk about selling the USPS to private companies for pennies on the dollar. There’s talk of slowing down mail-in ballots.

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The Democrats have picked the VP candidate. So look at the cast of characters you will have on the stage at the convention.

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Some say women have come a long ways. But the reality is that women are still sexual slaves, whose bodies are controlled by the Church and then the State.

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Well the worst thing to happen in the upcoming election is that Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris for his running mate. She has got to be the worst person he could have ever picked, all because they wanted a black woman to be his running mate. Aren’t there better black women out there that he ha…

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Our nation’s pandemic now appears to be beyond containment. We recently learned that a Jared Kushner ad hoc committee had concluded that a massive national strategy was needed. This was reported to the President last April. However, Trump’s calculation was that major outbreaks would mainly o…

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It is reassuring to read that the Yankton School Board has mandated the wearing of face masks when schools re-open. (“YSD’s Mask Mandate Is Wise,” Press & Dakotan, Aug. 4.)

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Soon, Yankton County residents will get to see how the county commissioners act as far as accepting changes to your zoning ordinance. These changes were brought about by over a year of work by your zoning board.

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Remember the O.J. game of “If I did it, this is how I would’ve done it?” Why not try this on Donald Trump? There is speculation the Donald will refuse to concede the election if he loses and speculation on the circumstances that will aid him in doing so.

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Regarding Paul Struck’s letter to the editor (Press & Dakotan, July 29):

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This is in response to the letter by Rev. Dan Brandt (Press & Dakotan, July 28):

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“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” This is taken from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem “The Divine Comedy.” I have been a keen observer of what this current president and too many of his accomplices have been responsible for…

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It was brought to my attention, again, that our 1957 Yankton Junior High 880 relay record was broken on April 26, 2019. While I congratulate those athletes who ran the 800 meter relay, it is a shorter race by 5.12 yards and, therefore, not a breakage of a record, but the establishment of a t…

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Colin Kaepernick is my hero. A Christian, from the same religious upbringing as mine. A pioneer for huge multi-ethnic Black Lives Matter. Willing to sacrifice career for what’s right and he took a stand (kneel).

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Joe Biden has capitulated to the radical socialist agenda of some in the Democratic Party. He’s aligned himself with their anti-American, anti-Semitic ideology while portraying himself as a traditional Democrat. He’s become the means by which the extreme left plans to accomplish their transf…

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I’ve had enough of Gov. Kristi Noem’s so-called “Pierre Report” in the Press & Dakotan. Under the publisher’s policy, subscribers who want to express political views in an election season must buy an advertisement. But you are giving Noem a regular podium to spew extremist propaganda. Ta…

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Anyone with a teenager knows that COVID-19 restrictions and the curtailing of normal summer activities is making for a challenging summer. With uncertainty surrounding summer jobs, sports, camps and other activities that would normally consume their days, young drivers have more time on thei…

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Regarding Mr. Olson’s letter (Press & Dakotan, July 15), the inscription on the Liberty Bell is from Leviticus 25:10, not Leviticus 23:10. It is generally considered to call for an act of setting slaves free (see: Black history in U.S.). It is part of a chapter that calls for a Jubilee y…

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I’m a rising senior at Yankton High School. This upcoming school year was intended to be the best one yet: Senior homecoming and prom, transitioning into my role as co-Editor-in-Chief of the YHS newspaper Woksape, the “lasts,” and what I hope to be some of my favorite classes in my high scho…

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Interesting in how no local media has boasted about what a success the Mount Rushmore farce was. Only local coverage I saw was by (Yankton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmen Schramm) saying what a boost to South Dakota tourism it was.

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In reference to Mr. Jay Williams letter (Press & Dakotan, July 7), I did not, purposely, report false information. I reported what information I had at the time. I had only heard that President Obama’s unemployment rate during his presidency was over 7%. According to FactCheck.Org, Presi…

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July 4 is normally a time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Like many, we spent the weekend at home. We had our United States and POW/MIA flags on their staff as usual but also placed along the walk a 13-Star U.S. flag as a reminder of America’s first birthday, then a Christian flag as our…

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Not since Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspenseful film, North by Northwest (1959), has South Dakota — The Mount Rushmore State — been so prominently featured in national media.

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I am wondering what your editorial policy is concerning letters to the editor that include false information. I don’t mean opinions that don’t make sense, but actual false information that is used to try to make a point. I ask this question in reference to a letter to the editor in the Thurs…

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As peace talks proceeded for ending the long-running war in Afghanistan, President Trump was informed as early as January that bounties were being paid to Taliban-linked militants for killing American and coalition troops. The payer-organization was a Russian unit known to have performed cov…