Letters to the editor, July 27, 2022


Goodwin incorrect about Medicaid enlargement

Tim Goodwin presents the standard menu of non-arguments towards Medicaid enlargement, because it’s nonetheless politically incorrect to say the precise cause aloud, that some Republican politicians assume it’s an election day winner to bash poor individuals.

Mr. Goodwin can’t end his first non-reason with out acknowledging the federal authorities bankrupting is unthinkable, politically and technically can’t occur. As a substitute of agreeing it’s an excellent factor, for all, that in a position bodied staff needn’t weigh danger of the hospital billing division garnishing wages once they determine whether or not to take children or partner to the ER, Goodwin units up a false battle primarily based on having to outline who’s poor sufficient for Medicaid, whereas providing the standard sneer that in case you work for a small enterprise that may’t pay exorbitant personal insurance coverage premiums, you’re a lazy loser.

Individuals are additionally studying…

See what occurs if all people who works with out medical health insurance goes on strike, all people freed from the companies of alleged sluggards. Concerning “extra jobs than staff in SD”, staff usually tend to come to states with Medicaid when new jobs are benefit-free, so Medicaid enlargement would assist fill jobs and make the economic system hum, in comparison with trashing staff and sending our Medicaid {dollars} to different states.

It smells of cash


When the first funder/mover of the proposed packing plant in Speedy Metropolis laughs at a involved citizen’s inquiry about odor, this sends main warning alerts. It doesn’t characterize group nor management. She is true: ‘It smells of cash.’



Not sufficient assist

With the inflow of individuals coping with post-covid syndrome and struggling to carry down a job due to it, do you assume 22 individuals making choices on incapacity claims is sufficient? Was it even sufficient earlier than the pandemic? On common, in accordance with South Dakota’s Division of Human Companies, these twenty two individuals make choices for 9,000 circumstances yearly.

That is about 400 circumstances per particular person. That is a couple of case a day counting weekends. The quantity of physicians on workers for Incapacity Choice Companies is barely 15. That comes out to 600 circumstances per doctor per 12 months. Which is round 2 circumstances per day that they must have a look at. Is it a marvel that the wait instances for incapacity willpower choices take years? When trying up suicide statistics for disabled people, you’ll not discover any.

You’ll, nevertheless, discover that one of many causes disabled individuals commit suicide is monetary insecurity. It makes me fear for these newly disabled covid survivors and their households. It makes me fear concerning the wait instances for all disabled people changing into excessively lengthy and placing a pressure on an already susceptible inhabitants.

Why I left the celebration of evangelical nutjobs

I do know this would possibly not be revealed because it goes towards the Speedy Metropolis Journal’s (greater than apparent) mantra of voicing the GOP’s prevailing celebration line rhetoric, and doesn’t publish any opinion that opposes that of the South Dakota Republican Social gathering and/or Kristi Noem.

What I’ve discovered over the previous quarter century is that the GOP has turn into the political celebration of the intense proper, evangelical nutjobs, science deniers and white supremacists.

I as soon as was a life-long republican voter; nevertheless the celebration misplaced my assist when Newt Gingrich appointed himself the Supreme Poo-Bah of the “Ethical Majority,” nevermind that he was sleeping with two mistresses whereas his spouse was dying of most cancers.

I modified my celebration registration shortly after the 2000 election, the one election on this nation’s historical past that was actually stolen. The GOP has been sliding in the direction of the darkish morass of the intense fringe proper ever since.

By the best way, for the file, I maintain each a Bachelor’s and a Grasp’s diploma in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), a Grasp of Science in Management & Improvement, and a Physician of Science in Physics / Atmospheric Science / Local weather Science.

Trump does not deserve public belief

Donald Trump and Trumpism characterize a much more severe risk of the seizure of energy by an aspiring autocrat than did the criminality of Richard Nixon through the Watergate scandal. And but, throughout that former episode I recall being happy with my nation’s response, specifically, the robust bipartisan condemnation of a pacesetter who thought of himself above the regulation.

In contrast, Donald Trump till now has been spared the implications of his egregious misuse of official powers leading to two impeachments, every adopted by the Senate’s party-line failure to convict.

I imagine these exonerations emboldened Mr.Trump, confirming his earlier claims of non-public invulnerability, and resulting in his horrendous misconduct following the 2020 presidential election

The acquiesence by many public officers (together with our SD Congressional delegation) following Mr. Trump’s earlier transgressions has additionally led, I imagine, to erosion of respect for civil norms, elevated vilification of non-white and immigrant Individuals, and a basic lack of religion and cohesion in our society.

Absolutely that is the time when these leaders who beforehand excused and condoned this man’s actions should assume the accountability of informing still-loyal Trump supporters that this man of bigotry, megalomania and malice deserves no additional public belief.

Lusting to manage others

Previous to the Dobbs resolution outlawing abortion rights, 80% of Individuals supported a girl’s rights to decide on.

Final week within the Home 99% of Republicans voted towards a girl’s proper to decide on abortion.

Final week within the Home 96 % of Republicans voted towards the precise to make use of contraceptives (household planning).

Final week 77 % of Home Republicans voted towards marriage equality.

97% of Home Republicans voted towards a girl’s proper to journey throughout state strains to acquire an abortion.

Greater than 75 % of Home Republicans voted towards homosexual marriage not too long ago.

Many GOP members be a part of with Justice Clarence Thomas questioning the previous Supreme Courtroom rulings that completely different races might marry.

To me, Republicans are so consumed by sexual ideas; who’s having it with whom and the place and the way that they’ve completely turn into unaware of actual American’s deep wants and desires. They appear to lust over “management” of others, eh?

Jake Kammerer, Silver Metropolis

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