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More recognition is in order for youth

To the Editor:

Once again the community of Webster should be so proud of one of our teenagers. Sometimes they get a bad rap. But not enough respect when they do good and win a state award. So this is the question I have as a citizen of Webster. Why did the article regarding Gab-riella Premus as a state award winner at the South Dakota Miss Teen Pageant receive a little article starting on the front page and her photo and rest on the very last page? When we represent the city at a state function like this, I believe it should be worthy enough for a front page color photo of this young woman who has achieved so much recognition at state level. Granted the picture of the eclipse was cool, but happens periodically. I just think when something so important happens it should be well noted. Teenagers these days are so often put down and don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve when something like this happens to one of our students. She was awarded the Director’s Award which is like Miss Congeniality. I say congratulations Gabriella and keep up the positive work. You make us proud. It’s your generation who will keep towns like webster on the map!

Julie Delaney, Webster


True government transparency not possible with one party rule

To the Editor:

John, after my husband and I read your editorial, we agree plagiarism (alleged or real) should be taken seriously.

You stated, “plagiarism is a serious offense and a politician, especially one running for our state’s top office, should know that. It makes me wonder if this goes on in her campaign, what is going to happen in Pierre if she is elected to the governor’s office?”

As a person who knows Susan well, I am certain that she’d clean up state government corruption. It’s troubling you only zeroed in on plagiarism and have yet to recognize the missteps of the Rounds/daugaard administration. Unfortunately, one party state government allows a lot of things to be swept under the rug or overlooked. Susan has taken steps to correct hers, while Rounds continues to deny, change his testimony only after a story breaks in the Rapid City Journal and does not voluntarily testify under oath to clear this matter up. Why hasn’t daugaard or Kristi come out in his defense?

True open state government and full transparency would be great, but with one party rule, unfortunately its unlikely to happen in South Dakota. After campaigning for democratic candidates, it’s troubling that these scandals in South Dakota have voters discouraged and think all politicians are like that. Until I got involved, I too paid little attention.

Thanks for allowing me to speak out.

Sandra Mae Solberg, Sioux Falls


Reader weighs in on Waubay football controversy

To the Editor:

I would like to weigh in on the Waubay football controversy. I lived in Webster but grew up in Pine Bluff, AR. High school football was almost a religious experience. Our biggest rival was Little Rock’s Central High.

The hatred between them ran deep but competition was tough. Central High School played the “platoon” system meaning that instead of substituting one or a few players, they substituted an entire team! They had enough relatively equal teams that none of them got very tired. To compete with them was very difficult.
Pine Bluff had some assets. Our coach George Terry went to LSU and Army as line coach under Paul Dietzel. Terry was obviously overqualified for a high school team but he was just starting out just like the new Reporter & Farmer reporter Emre Erku. Pine Bluff “Zebras” had a great deal of community support.

On our multi-block campus there was a statue of a Confederate soldier. We passed him daily going to classes not thinking about it, until the night some students from Central came and painted his face red and “Beat Pine Bluff” in tar.

We won that game. I don’t know why or how but it was a triumph!

Sports are a funny thing. You just never know, Waubay/Summit just might someday beat Webster whether or not it merges with another school.

Sports are supposed to teach “sportsmanship” (translate, honor) and courage. Journalism should teach the same thing. Truth and courage in the face of opposition is the only thing that justifies the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States (freedom of the press portion).

It appears that the Reporter & Farmer has discovered in Mr. Erku the beginnings of a journalist. His column that caused the controversy was well written. Whether he has the courage to sacrifice transient friendships and popularity for his journalistic integrity remains to be seen. The current editor has set for him a good example. I can assure him that should he make the right choice he will look back on his life with pride rather than shame.

Georgianna Bell, Rapid City


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