2020 will no doubt go down as a year for the history books.
Personally I’ve lost a job working on the cruise ship due to the pandemic, wasn’t able to see my children or grandchildren for several weeks and witnessed the most recent riots across the country.
Right here in Rapid City we experienced all of the above. The pandemic saw businesses that we all frequent closed, whether you are a frequent restaurant customer or like to have your hair done. If you didn’t want take out you cooked at home or, in my case, went through the McDonalds drive through for a change of pace.
Although our Governor likes to tout that she didn’t close anything down and left it up to the smart people of South Dakota to “flatten the curve” many have seen much “closed down” if not by local mayors then county commissioners.
If the virus didn’t close them down the threat of draconian CDC guidelines that make opening up a business almost cost prohibitive the city and county budgets have kept them closed. That is the case for all public pools this summer. First reading to keep the Rapid City public pools closed took place on June 1 and the 2nd and final reading will be held June 22. I suspect the council does not have the votes, or the inclination to find the money to open the pools.
The follow up to the Corona Virus, the riots primarily in bigger cities, also has come to Rapid City. In a Rapid City Journal article Mayor Allender called counter protesters out for basically taunting the BLM protesters. Several of the “counter” protesters stated that it was in fact the BLM “peaceful” protesters who were using profanity against them and they did not return it.
According to counter protesters they were merely there in support of the police in our area as well as stating that they were patriotic Americans who believe in justice for everyone. I don’t condone, nor do I support police brutality against any race. Period. Rapid City faces our own challenges.
So we fast-forward to what is happening in Minneapolis, one of our closest “big” cities. Certainly not considered radical east or west coast but generally a Midwest town by most. They are in fact considering getting rid of their police department.
Given the high cost of policing should we also consider such a move? Not on your life. Literally. That is about the dumbest thing I’ve heard and sounds like something the radicals of the coasts would even float as an idea right along side getting rid of airplanes and cars in the proposed Green New Deal.
But it’s happening in Minneapolis! They have actually made the move to do just that. Is it possible that the radicals are much closer than we think? Or have they conveniently found an opening by portraying themselves as “moderates” to the voters with ulterior motives all along?
Here is where your vote matters. Do you honestly believe that when those Minneapolis council men and women were elected the voters would have, in their wildest dreams, thought they would even consider eliminating their police department? I don’t think so.
I was taught to respect the police and be thankful that there are men and women who are willing to take those jobs to protect my family, my property and me. I have to believe that the majority in Minneapolis feels the same way and it is a minority that feels otherwise. So how will they stop the disbanding of their police protection? Where will the money be spent that was formally used to protect them? Now that might be the real question. Has anyone given that any thought? Will taxpayers get their money back?
As citizens we have endured much since mid March with what everyone calls the new normal. Frankly I want to go back to the old normal. The latest moves by our Minneapolis neighbor should frighten all of us.
You get what you vote for. Or do you?