This is where we currently find ourselves:

• By shutting down pipelines and crippling oil companies, we’ve lost our energy independence, resulting in ever-increasing fuel prices.

• We’re seeing less food on the shelves as a direct result of mandates.

• Socialism has a foothold in our republic, which is rapidly turning authoritarian.

• Rising costs of basic utilities like electric and gas are hurting us.

• The government is usurping parental rights. Our own government is referring to parents as terrorists for objecting to child porn in the school library.

• Trampling on the Constitution has become commonplace. How do you feel about judges creating law from the bench? Or the government forcing you to do things to your body without your consent?

• Voter rights are being lost, such as contesting amendments voted on by the people. With all the irrefutable evidence, why aren’t we investigating voter fraud? The courts tell us we don’t have “standing,” essentially saying our stolen votes don’t affect the voters.

• Allowing an illegal invasion at the border.

• Law and order is being destroyed; defunding of police is causing crime to escalate.

• Unrestrained spending at the federal, state, city and county levels is bankrupting us. Why does government raise taxes for frivolous spending rather than tightening their belt? Why must we pay almost $70,000 a year to a city employee to enforce grass height ordinances and harass citizens?

• Our military is being destroyed by woke leadership.

• Social Security and Medicare are running out of funding.

• Organizations running this town provide only lip service to local business. For instance, a new grocery store wanted to open in Yankton, but our representatives and private interests prevented this from happening. Our city sold that same property for a fraction of the price to a real estate agency for private development.

• Our county pulled funds from a needed bridge repair to pay for work on West City Limits Road when they could have used funds allocated to the sheriff, which was diverted to general funds.

• Yankton can’t support a shopping mall and movie theater.

• Our new swimming pool is now raising its rates after we were promised it would generate revenue.

It doesn’t matter which political party you are affiliated with. You should all be worried.

(28) comments

aTerANyOU

pretty fun right?

I'm going ammo shopping.

sawguy777

Who are you planning to shoot or are you just trying to imply shooting someone as a terroristic threat with that statement? Just asking. If I buy ammo I don't advertise it I just buy it.

ws413sw

This is the kind of hair brain letter you write when you spend your days and nights watching Fox News.

Yanktontruth

You, along with SoDakD and any other of a number of crazy leftist liberals, love to make so-called arguments against those in the.....I mean, on the right. You throw out stupid words like "Fox News" to no point. Let me make an actual point.

You say Mr. Jensen is wrong, correct? Please enlighten us with facts by describing any specific bullet-point of his and arguing WHY it is wrong? Or are you all just brain-washed leftists who can't speak for yourself and only spew favorite leftist red-flag words like "Fox News"? Without valid points, your comments are moot!

As to the realty office buying that land, this town has so much corruption, I hope it is investigated some day. Specht is one of those individuals. He was part of committees that give his realty access to land in Yankton deals. West city limits development and the land the grocery store wanted both involved him. Why are our city commissioners such willing partners in allowing this? Yankton Thrive is another of these horrible committees with corrupt individuals- especially the head person.

Wake Up, Yankton! Leftist crazies are ruining.....I mean running our city.

Yankton resident

Yanktontruth: I don't disagree with a thing you have said in this post, as a matter of fact I agree with Bruce for the most part also.

Yanktontruth, you have made one false and misleading comment in this post, and it is in the last paragraph. If you would check voter registration you would find that the individuals that you are referring to in your comments are all republicans in all the corruption and questionable antics that take place within this community. Your are correct in saying crazies are running and controlling outcomes in this city to their advantage. It is not the left ruining and running things, it is clearly the righteous right wing republicans doing these dastardly deeds. Voter registration does not lie. Check your facts and put the blame where it truly belongs in this community. You would be doing everyone a favor.

I doubt that you will redact your statement on crazy leftists, but I do appreciate the fact that you understand that there are definite reasons to believe suspect actions and activity by some of our elected officials and bureaucrats, who are all registered with a R.

VoiceforAll

Let me just add to your list:

Inflation at a 31 year high with more spending packages coming. Democrats blame republicans.

Biden administration studying to shut down Michigan oil pipe line that comes from Canada.

Biden administration says $3 trillion dollars = $0

Newly passed spending bill will remove social security number requirements for welfare recipients opening the door to fraud.

Secretary Buttigieg to use infrastructure bill to address racists highway.

NPR not happy that wrong type of "color" was elected Boston mayor. Asian American elected over African American candidates.

Oregon democrat pushing to allow African Americans to have the day off of work after the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict comes out.

Democrats pushing to allow transgender men in women's bathrooms.

Old Dominion University places professor on leave after his research try's to normalize the phrase "minor-attracted persons" - see previous comment regarding transgender men in women's bathrooms.

The new democratically controlled America.

SoDakD

You seemed to miss my response to your earlier challenge to list this administration’s accomplishments, Voice, so here goes again.

🔴 In addition to the largest and most desperately needed infrastructure plan in American history, there is:

▪️The American Rescue plan, which put checks in pockets

▪️222 million vaccinations in arms and counting

▪️5 million new jobs

▪️The stock market up 5000 points

SoDakD

I’m more worried by the wide-ranging, hyperbolic misinformation that Mr. Jensen presents as a considered opinion.

suess52

Absolutely!

VoiceforAll

Reality is a real tuff pill to swallow, isn't it democrats? You are finding it more and more difficult to hide behind all the lies being told by your party as this country continues its downward spiral. What makes you think this country is headed in the right direction? There is nothing that indicates this except MSNBC anchors telling middle class people they are now affluent members of society because they expect gas to be less than $4 a gallon and that groceries should be affordable, how dare we expect that? You have lost touch with all reality, your party is failing America, it is failing the world, you continue to lie about what is going on in this country and no one but foolish people like you are buying it. Enjoy your higher inflation, your party has created this and there is no end in sight to it, you are getting what you wanted, and unfortunately the rest of America is going to suffer because of it. Well done democrats.

Kate70

Well said to all of the above save for Lanton and Sodak. They seem to think the country is in great shape. We should all be afraid of the direction this country is going and in a number of cases, where it it now already is. Pretty sad.

VoiceforAll

Largest and most desperately needed spending bill in American history, how do you justify that? What is this going to do for anyone that isn't getting a kick back from it, that isn't a buddy of one of the rich politicians that voted for it? It is going to cause higher inflation, it is going to cause higher taxes and it is going to create more debt, tell me how that is good? Putting checks into the pockets of the Americans, that's money being printed by the government with no product to support it, this causes major inflation, you claim this has helped people, but look at who is paying the costs for this, everyone is, higher taxes, higher inflation, higher everything, what good does a few thousand dollars help when everything everyone buys in this country is going up in costs, this is all going to cost everyone more than the few thousands of dollars that everyone got, it is going to take years to recover from this and everyone will be paying the price for years. You take credit for the vaccines, pat yourselves on the back because you forced people to chose a shot or their jobs, forced people to chose a shot or endure unending ridicule from every direction you can throw at them, and this is a win for you and your party, look what we did, we forced people to do something and aren't we great for doing that, congratulations. 5 million new jobs yet almost every company is asking, where are the workers, why can't we hire people, it's because people don't want to work, they don't have to work because of the free checks they are getting, free to them, costing dearly to every tax paying citizen. Stock market up, yep, that sure helps the homeless person, that sure helps the single mom trying to find enough money to put food on her table as grocery prices soar, that sure helps the guy that has to drive to work 30 miles each way and put gas in his truck as he watches fuel prices soar. Good for the stock market, good for those that have extra money to invest. What is happening is not good, you can spin it as the administration does, even Jen Psaki said a couple days ago that there are no economist talking about inflation right now, really, not a single one, she lies and cannot be trusted. What the country is going through right now is not good, everyone knows it, you know it, you just can't bring yourself to admit that democratic policies are driving all of this, all of it, and you have no one to blame but yourselves.

VoiceforAll

Do some reading SoDakD, from your own side, Steven Rattner who served in the Obama administration, here is his quote on the $1.9 trillion your side passed, "The original sin was the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March. The bill — almost completely unfunded — sought to counter the effects of the Covid pandemic by focusing on demand-side stimulus rather than on investment," he wrote. "That has contributed materially to today’s inflation levels." If I recall, in March you had control of the white house and congress, not Donald Trump, so any logically thinking person is going to know that what is happening now is because of the democrats, your thousand dollar checks are going to be forgotten come next November when gas is $5 a gallon or more and hamburger is $7 a pound. Democrats are starting to eat their own, they see that all of this is a huge problem for America, and the only reason they are scared is because of the upcoming elections, they could actually care less if it hurts Americans or not, it's all about being re-elected.

suess52

Suddenly you are an economist?

suess52

Voice for all person. You are waging an internal war with yourself.

suess52

Mr. Jensen,

You revel in promoting division. I pray for you.

meembo

All the fiscally-responsible Republicans chiding Democrats now for spending have this particular form of forgetfulness, forgetting that Trump's administration added 8 trillion to the deficit in just 4 years. Conservatives that parroted Trump crowing about the stock market successes now tell us that a healthy stock market means little or nothing to average workers - how did they gain such suddenly clarity about that? Republicans still aren't sure if they want credit for Operation Warp Speed - is is a good thing or a bad thing to have a vaccine that saves lives but encounters endless resistance from the right in particular?

The House at least is already conceded to Republicans next November - watch how quickly the narrative spins again, how black becomes white, how down becomes up. Today's hair-on-fire doomsaying is tomorrow's placating.

Long-term expectations for inflation are still near 2%, despite what's happening with businesses in the post-COVID environments.

John Campbell, Yankton

SoDakD

Voice, I know your confident, angry passion is real, and there are many less voluble citizens who share your angst.

But when you peel away all the favorite culture war issues, all the last administration accomplished was

▪️an unfunded tax cut for rich folks (its only significant legislative act),

▪️support for our Russian adversaries over our own intelligence community,

▪️an unconfronted, runway pandemic which unnecessarily killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and tanked our economy, and

▪️America's very first attack on our seat of democratic government in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election.

The more we learn about what actually happened, the more the righteous outrage over gas prices, Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ issues pales in comparison to the threat of this betrayal, death and destruction.

For now the politics of the day may be on your side. Time will tell.

But I suspect the long view of history is against you.

VoiceforAll

Janet Yellen says Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill demands raising of the debt limit 'As Soon As Possible'. Wait, I thought the cost was $0, why does the debt limit need to go up, again? Couldn't be we are getting lied to could it? Who would have ever thought we would be lied to by this administration? Oh that's right, it's Trump's fault this bill got passed, just wait, that excuse is coming from them folks, it has to, they won't take ownership of anything. Wake up people, America is being hammered into the ground by these people.

Larry Skow

lanton/south dak d live in own world an drink Party Kool Aid. Mr. D none of your list of Bidens qoute accomplishments would of been needed if Dr Death AKA as Fauci would of done his job instead of researching ways to kill beagles an humans with funding research at Wuhan. His deathj tool may surpass Hitler/Stalin/Mao yet. FBI/DOJ is now the gestapo. More worried about irate parents at school board meetings/lost diary raids then Hunter's laptop an national security. Read Yuri Bevmenov's 4 stages of Marxist takeover. There is a plan being fallowed. All this funded by G. Soro's an other evil Billionaires. Time to arrest a few seize all their assets. Attorneys step forward to defend them. Simply disbar them on the spot. It will take a few tough men to bring this back but can be done. Give the royal family of England a boot out the door as well.

SoDakD

🙄🥱

VoiceforAll

Did you all see where the leaders of the socialist country Venezuela are blaming evil and price gouging corporations for their inflation problems? Sound familiar, the Biden administration is investigating and blaming U.S. oil companies for the same thing, Biden is taking some of his cues from Venezuela on how to find a way to blame others for the mess he has created. By the way Venezuela's inflation rate is 1,575%, that's one thousand five hundred and seventy five percent. This is what happens in socialists countries, you think the 30 year high 6.2% inflation rate is bad, just wait, the democrats don't see an issue with inflation, per Jen Psaki's own words, she is not aware of a single economist that is talking about inflation. Hold on to your wallets people, we aren't even close to what inflation could be according to democrats.

SoDakD

(This “lost” comment reposted 11/18/21 3:00 pm)

Voice, I know your confident, angry passion is real, and there are many less voluble citizens who share your angst.

But when you peel away all the favorite culture war issues, all the last administration accomplished was

▪️an unfunded tax cut for rich folks (its only significant legislative act),

▪️support for our Russian adversaries over our own intelligence community,

▪️an unconfronted, runway pandemic which unnecessarily killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and tanked our economy, and

▪️America's very first attack on our seat of democratic government in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election.

The more we learn about what actually happened, the more the righteous outrage over gas prices, Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ issues pales in comparison to the threat of this betrayal, death and destruction.

For now the politics of the day may be on your side. Time will tell.

But I suspect the long view of history is against you.

SoDakD

What is the issue with the Press & Dakotan staff?

Wednesday evening the Press & Dakotan’s current “hot” letter, “Wake up America,” had 9 comments.

Early on Thursday I posted a comment and subsequently so did numerous other folks.

But during the day Thursday - nothing showed. Then late in the day there was a “dump” and suddenly there were 20 comments.

Why can’t the Press & Dakotan resume its former practice and post comments more regularly throughout the day?

Larry Skow

south dakota D: you should get your info straight. Trump never helped Russia. Perhaps you should look at what Biden is doing to help Russia. Nord Stream pipeline/asking Russia to produce more oil. zero confrontation of Russia on Military buildup on Border of past confrontation where Trump backed them down. Now zero Admin comment on Russia destroying satellite with a weapon. Throw in Hillary's past support of Russia an Russia's heavy money contribution to Clinton foundation. Plus paying Bill $500,000.00 for 15 minute speech. As usual you democrats get the old spin doctor going full speed. Biden has self made mess on S. Border that was under control--after being broken for 50 years, now much worse with drugs pouring across border. 100,000 deaths in past year due to Over doses. You really live under pretense all this money pumped into economy isn't root cause of inflation? What a Idiot! High Gas prices at pump? 100% Biden/Harris. Global Warming? All this recent talk--not one credible idea to reduce or roll it back. Mother nature can care less about "net Zero" SCAM FARCE. Gov. has know about CO2/methane raising temps. since 1952!! Go back an read old National Geographic mag. They talk about it in 60's. Henry Kissinger/Rockefeller an others spoke of depopulating the earth--back in the 70's an stabilizing population. If all you left wingers want socialist paradise. Why haven't you moved to Argentina or Venezuela? Pack up a go. Leave rest of us to live in freedom. Government can't give you anything they haven't taken from rest of us. Bruce that was excellent letter/opinion

Yanktontruth

What is up with the worthless Piddly Diddly removing comments it deems inappropriate! No wonder why the worthless rag is thinner than my toilet paper anymore. Liberal trash outlet.

Larry Skow

So Dak D. Nothing will get done out of this spending bill. Very little roads will be rebuilt. Rail road get $66 billion. Why we fixing a private enterprise. Buffett has made tons of money off RR! Not my fault he laid off maintence personal an didn't repair his lines. All in name of profit. Sec of Energy Mrs. Granholm just happens to own millions of shares of Electric Bus company who stands to make billions in the "Green Push" off electric buses! By the way the first buses they sold LA is complete basket of junk. Don't forget Pelosi's subway tunnel to nowhere an her Park. I see the reservation gets $3.5 billion for water an waste water project. That likely will get them 3 cesspools an 3 water wells on Rez. All this money will go to pet projects an zero roads be improved. If we wanted longer lasting roads we could of been mixing fly ash in concrete/grinding up old tires mixing with asphalt/Plastic ground up is even known to add life to asphalt roads. Could of long killed two birds with one stone. Result would of been less plastic/old tires laying around an longer lasting roads. Fly ash in cement would of solved the ash problem from coal fired power plants. Always fallow the money. Taxpayers just get scammed an pockets picked. China big winner in this spending plan as well. Who you think makes the steel for bridges? Yea lets continue to give them our money. After all Joe/Ho get 10%.

SoDakD

A wise friend suggested that Mr. Jensen may be rattling our proverbial partisan cages.

She said, “Why would America care to “Wake Up!” to the terrible injustice of:

▪️Organizations running this town squelching a new grocery store.

▪️Our county pulling funds from a needed bridge repair.

▪️Yankton’s lack of support for a shopping mall and movie theater.

▪️Yankton’s new swimming pool raising its rates.

So perhaps Mr. Jensen’s sly sense of humor completely escaped us on our first reading.

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