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The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12 Third Place Winners in the Elementary Division - Fifth Grade Up for a Cougar Victory First Place Winners in the Elementary Division (tie) Second Grade - Swimming for a Cougar Victory Second Place Winners in the Middle School Division - Sixth Grade The Cougars are the King of the Field First Place Winners in the Elementary Division (tie) Fourth Grade - Send the Pirates back to Neverland First place winner in the Middle School Division - Eighth Grade - Blast the Pirates to infinity & beyond LETTER TO THE EDITOR cuse him of things which just aren't be dependent on state government Continued from Page 11 true. to operate. I spent countless hours the individual school districts. One I respect the writer of the let- in Pierre talking to legislators, gain- of the ideas that I heard him present ter that prompted my response. I ing a working understanding of is on a per pupil allocation or even think he is more than qualified to the legislative process and under- a per teacher allocation. Very simi- talk about teacher salaries, school standing state budgets and revenue lar to what I have heard some of his funding and any associated topic sources. I also spent 11 years as a Democratic counterparts say. But related to education. I feel that my school board member, all of those then again, because he's Republican response has some credibility as being on the negotiations commit- and trying to do the right thing, both well. I worked in a career for 20 tee. I have come to learn and under- parties want to attack him and ac- years that put me in a position to stand school funding, the formulas Third Place Winners in the Middle School Division - Seventh Grade Blast the Pirates to a Galaxy Far, Far Away associated with that and how state government operates. I have devel- oped a real passion for teachers and the inequities in their salaries in this state and spent countless hours lob- bying in Pierre and with legislators to gain some equity on their behalf. That is part of what is behind this response. The other part of it is that I have gotten to know Lee Qualm very well and he is one of the most principled and honest men I have gotten to know. That pleasant de- meanor is real and represents his passion for people, seeing the right things getting done, caring for the people of his legislative district and the state of South Dakota and caring about you and me: Sincerely, Steve Green, Springfield, SD Time Changes Nov. 6 The Editor Dear Editor, After reading last week's letter to the editor, I felt compelled to re- spond because the Lee Qualm por- trayed in that letter is pure fiction. I have known Lee Qualm for years and find him to be a very good man, a man of principles not swayed by political expediency. He is a man of high integrity with strong family values and ties to South Dakota who weighs his decisions carefully aim- ing to do the right thing for all South Dakotans. He is a man willing to get out of his vehicle and walk down the route of a parade to shake the hand of his supporters and non- Continued on Page 13