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L LETTER TO THE EDITOR Continued from Page 13 cent a gallon tax increase on gaso- line had already been signed into law. The insinuation that, if he is reelected, Rep. Qualm would re- peal the sales tax increase funding the teacher pay raise is a puzzling fiction. Lee Qualm would never consider such a thing. Could one representative in a South Dakota legislature of 105 members possi- bly accomplish that feat? The leg- islation has passed. Now, it is time to see that the money goes where it was intended. As you know, teach- ers' salaries are not determined by the legislature but at the local level. Governor Daugaard's 74% ap- proval rating (highest in the coun- try) is commendable, but, more importantly, Baron's listed South Dakota as the "Best Run State in America." Woohoo!!! That is the result of the governor and the legis- lature working together in a fiscally conservative manner, in my view. In summary, if your core values and beliefs are diametrically op- posed to those of Rep.Qualm, by all means, vote for the candidate who most closely shares your views. However, if you decide to withhold your vote from Lee Qualm based on the mistaken idea that that he is against teachers, you will be do- ing yourself, your district, and your state a profound disservice by not returning him to the South Dakota House of Representatives in District 21. Respectfully, Vivian Tipton The Editor To the Editor: After reading a letter to the edi- tor last week written by Erik Person, we felt we needed to respond. We have known Lee Qualm for almost 30 years and we didn't feel we could sit back while his character was being maligned claiming his political arguments are "slippery" and "change just enough to help him get his way." Honestly, we couldn't tell you what statements Lee Qualm has or has not made. We are not aware of everything Representative Lee Qualm has done politically. So we will focus on what we do know. Lee has high moral and ethical stan- dards. He is a man of great char- acter, and honesty is of great value to him. Lee Qualm puts God first, then family and then state/country. When acting as representative you can be sure he has the best interests of our state at heart. He is a man with great Christian values and I personally know he calls on God in prayer before making decisions ..... all decisions. Raising the teacher's salaries has been a very emotional topic and understandably those in education took his vote very person- ally. We do not doubt that voting against it was very difficult for Lee. He was not against raising the sala- ries. He felt money needed to be found another way other than rais- ing taxes. He had to have known it would not be popular to vote against it. But he was sticking to his stan- dards for reasons he can explain, but it seems he isn't being heard. We respect him for that. It would be a mistake to rule Lee Qualm out. Per- sonally, we like having someone in office who is honest and trustwor- thy.., someone who is in politics to truly make South Dakota great and not in it for power and greed. It's a rarity and rather refreshing these days. Many feel there are no good choices in the presidential race, but you can be sure you have a great choice in voting for Lee Qualm. Rod and Beverly Graesser Dallas, SD The Editor To the editor: Over the past five years, I have been fortunate to attend legislative sessions as well as meet with leg- islative candidates. As a teacher as well as a mother of two children, I have been active in local education issues. It is important for me to urge our elected officials to take a stance in favor of our students. I have been fortunate to meet with local candidate, Gary Burrus. He believes in public education as well as providing the opportunity for all children to be successful in their academic careers regardless of their background. All children should be given the opportunity to attend excellent schools and be pro- vided the resources necessary to ex- cel. State legislators who support punishing schools, do not reflect the interests, concerns or desires of the people they represent. Our students cannot afford for these issues to be ignored. As our state enters another election cycle it's imperative that we elect legisla- tors who support public education. Gary is an avid supporter of public education. We need to ensure that we continue to focus on education as the students are the future to our state. I encourage everyone to be voters that strive for candidates that believe and vote for the children of our state. Robin Curtis Former Dallas Man ! Rapid City businessman recent- ly donated 100,000 books to the Western South Dakota Community Action Agency, a gift with an esti- mated weight of over 22 tons. The Western South Dakota Community Action Agency is a nonprofit orga- nization that provides programs and services to low-income citizens of all ages in the Black Hills. Don attended Fairview Country School five miles south and Melrose Country School three miles south of Dallas, SD. In those days, Andrew Carnegie headed up the American Legion and SD School District reading programs. Don received many medals, badges and certifi- cates for reading so many books per month. Not only did he get to read and live in another world, but he was rewarded at the same time. Two teachers influenced him, Mrs. Gorsuch and Robert Travenchek. The downside was never getting to keep the books from the library so he could read them again. He at- tended High School in Custer and the school library was limited and the city library was in a small office. In the Navy, he had very limited ac- cess to books, the exception being training books and books for col- lege courses. His first major book purchase took place at the Univer- sity of Chicago and were the Great Books. He still has those books, 45 years later and has finished about two-thirds of them and hopes to read them all. His collection began to grow, taking over extra room in the garage, then a storage unit, then a studio and his office, and in 2001 he opened a bookstore called Roots Bookstore, where proceeds were donated back to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. In 2008 he closed the bookstore, putting the books in storage, but continued to purchase books for donations to the Penning- ton County Jail, St. Martins, Can- yon Lake Senior Citizens, the Boys Club and many other charitable groups. With this gift to the Western South Dakota Community Action Program he hopes to give others the pleasure of reading as he enjoyed for so many years. If you asked Don today about one book and if he had it, he would tell you it is now located at the Western SD Commu- nity Action Agency. Don still has a garage full of books plus another storage area. Some of his rarest collections in- clude June Culp Zeitner, EJ Hubbel, Brett Harte (soft back and hard cov- er 1st editions), Zane Grey 1st edi- tions and many Louis L'amour. He also has a large collection involv- ing local history from the five-state region including 700 Centennial books. School Calendar Don Herrmann grew up near Upcoming events for the 2016- Dallas, SD and quickly developed 2017 Burke School District are as a love for books. The 72-year old follows: The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 14 The Burke/South Central Volley- will host a Big Camp Out for career ball team will host Corsica-Stick- exploration on Tuesday, October ney in Bonesteel on Thursday, Oc- 18th for the following areas-Ag & tober 6th, Tripp-Delmont/Armour on Natural Resources; Business; Con- Saturday, October 84, in Burke and struction, Energy & Manufacturing; Andes Central-Dakota Christian in Health; Public Services & Safety; Bonesteel on Tuesday, October 114. and Transportation. A Scrubs Camp The Middle School team will host is scheduled for Tuesday, October Platte-Geddes on Thursday, Octo- 25 ber 6% in Burke and travel to Cham- Senior Tech Days at LATI will be berlain on Tuesday, October 114. held on November yd & February The Burke/South Central Cou-2"d. Junior Tech Day will be held gars will host Andes Central-Dako- March 304. ta Christian in Bonesteel on Friday, Southeast Technical Institute will October 74. The Middle School host Visitation Days on Oct. 28, team will play their final game of Nov. 17, Jan. 27, Feb. 23 and Jun. the season on Tuesday, October 8. Tour the campus, stick around 114, in Lake Andes against Andes for wings and pizza and walk away Central-Dakota Christian. with free Southeast Tech Spiritwear, Cross Country athletes will travel plus get a shot at winning a $1,000 to Freeman for the Region 3B meet scholarship! on Wednesday, October 12th. The Southeast Tech also offers sev- State Cross Country Meet will be eral camps including the Scrubs held in Huron on Saturday, October Camp on Oct. 7, the Business Expo 22"d- Camp on Oct. 19, and Get In The Parent/Teacher Conferences are Garage Camp on Apr. 5. scheduled for Thursday, October 64, beginning at 3:30 PM. There will be no school on Friday, October Th, Communitv for a P-T Comp Day and also Mon- Memorial day, October 104, for Columbus ..osg.a, Day. Building Fund The following are some impor- Fund Drive Goal $2,000,000 tant dates for students to be aware of: Scrubs Camps will be held lo- cally on October 64 in Yankton, No- vember 144 in Winner and Novem- ber 164 in Mitchell. ACT test date is set for Decem- ber 104 (register by November 44- late registration deadline is Novem- ber 184). Mitchell Technical Institute is $1,200.000 hosting MyTI (Mighty) Days this school year. MyTI Days give stu- dents and instructors the opportu- nity to visit the campus and explore different careers. The following MyTI Days will be held: Energy Camp & Business Camp-Tuesday, Oct. 25; Ag & Transportation Camp & Cyber Camp-Tuesday, Nov. 8; Construction Camp & Scrubs Camp-Wednesday, Nov. 16; and Culinary Camp-Tuesday, Mar. 7. The first Exploration Day at Mitchell Technical Institute is Wednesday, November 2nd. At the end of Exploration Day, there is a drawing for MTI sweatshirts, t- shirts, and other door prizes includ- ing a $500 MTI scholarship! Address your eontribu- Western Dakota Technical Insti- tions tute also offers career exploration, to" Community Memorial the following is the schedule: Con- Hospital Building Fund struction Camp-Tuesday, Oct. 18; P.O. Box 319 Transportation & Manufacturing Camp-Tuesday, Nov. 1; and Scrubs Burke, SD 57523 Camp-Tuesday, Nov. 8 & Thursday, Automatic Donations Apr. 20. Now Available! Students interested in what West- Donations can be made ern Dakota Tech has to offer can monthly through direct visit on Open House Saturdays Oct. 15, Jan. 28 & Apr. 15 or Open bank transfer. Please con- House Tuesdays Dec. 13,Mar. 31or tact Mistie Sachtjen at Jun. 13. 775-2621 for more details. Lake Area Technical Institute