Letters to the editor, November 19, 2022

Letters to the editor, November 19, 2022

The original purpose of public education was to educate citizens.

Elders often lament the loss of high school civics classes. A visit to our state legislature would surprise you as the citizenry is vibrant and the gallery is full of students.

The CRT’s red herrings have sparked renewed interest in citizenship, with the Rand Corporation recently surveying teachers to determine what is being taught. 68% of respondents felt that independent and critical thinking was the ultimate goal of their teaching, which I believe is essential for good citizenship.

Teachers also showed great interest in building competences in conflict resolution and knowledge of citizens’ rights and duties. Female teachers showed a significantly higher interest in effective strategies to reduce racism than their male colleagues. Men showed a higher focus on social, political and institutional knowledge as well as the ability to defend one’s point of view.

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Lawrence Paska, executive director of the National Council for Social Studies, says, “Students need to have a basic knowledge… of what to do with it… [and] to be informed and thoughtful participants” (Education Week, 10/19/2022).

Rest assured, civics classes are alive and well.

Did you recently broadcast a car title in South Dakota? I wanted to transfer title to a car I had bought and was informed by the Treasury that I probably wouldn’t get title to the car until March 2023. That Governor Noem’s Motor Vehicle Department had not ordered the paperwork required to print the title deed and were unable to obtain any as of January 2023.

That’s what happens when your governor runs across America and doesn’t care about business in South Dakota. Oh yes, they pay $13.00 an hour to work in the Department of Motor Vehicles, I understand McDonald’s pays $15.00 an hour. That’s $4,160 more a year to work at McDonalds than in the state of South Dakota.

It would have been nice to know this before Election Day.

Patrick Ginsbach, Hot Springs

Invoking the names Biden and Pelosi as curses did not spark a national red wave last Tuesday, although, as expected, even-tempered nice guys lost the statewide SD bureau again. The medium-term backlash against the president has been much milder than recent historical norms.

Our expectations were dictated by the anger I see on Facebook and in person — well-adjusted, usually friendly people scolding Democrats. Ranters rattle off a top ten list of things wrong in the world today that Democrats haven’t fixed, assuming their audience will agree it’s about time Democrats vamoose regardless of whether there are actually quick government fixes to problems, or whether Republicans actually have better ideas.

Biden recognized that we had achieved everything we set out to achieve in Afghanistan, and he was man enough not to keep the war going just to avoid being labeled a loser. Republicans and European leaders are quietly following Biden’s steady lead, threading the path to resist Russian aggression without either practicing appeasement or making Russian leaders desperate enough to attempt war with NATO, nuclear or otherwise .

We are grateful for a leader who understands that America’s elections are free and fair, who accepts the duty of honoring results, not turning a losing campaign into a campaign to sabotage the election itself.

As predicted and expected, a majority of South Dakota voters joined their peers in other backward parts of the country in reaffirming their disdain for honesty, truth, justice and democracy. So is there a threat of a Soviet-style dictatorship in the USA?

If Putin and his Republican allies can install another fascist in the White House in 2025, the final nail will be driven into this political coffin.

On the bright side, however, other parts of the country showed surprising intelligence and integrity in the elections. Maybe there is still a light at the end of his tunnel.

Terry Painter, Rapid City

Thank you from Visit Rapid City

At Visit Rapid City (VRC), our sales team brings meetings, conventions and events to our community throughout the year, and while we don’t talk about it much, these efforts contribute to an economic impact on Rapid City. So much so that this year we had our first million dollar month.

In September 2022, meetings and conventions booked by the PRC generated an economic impact of US$1,048,355. Several groups held events here in Rapid, where they filled 2,407 hotel rooms and spent money on transportation, rental cars, restaurants, entertainment, entrance fees, shopping and more.

This segment of the tourism industry is vital to our community, especially as we head into our winter season. Our Visit Rapid City team is working on exhibitions, relationships and leads to bring these types of events to our corner of the Black Hills, and we – along with amazing partners and locals – are committed to ensuring attendees have a positive experience , the way you want Returning to Rapid City for business or pleasure.

From Visit Rapid City to our entire community, thank you for supporting this segment of the tourism economy and for welcoming these groups. We couldn’t do it without you.

Tyson Steiger, Rapid City

Editor’s note: Tyson Steiger is Director of Sales and Services at Visit Rapid City.

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