The Aberdeen American News gives poorly prioritized, unbalanced, and incomplete coverage of yesterday’s Brown County candidates’ forum. I’ll provide a complete rundown when A-TEC video producer Wayne Hansen makes the full video of the event available online.
The Aberdeen paper also waits until the day after the forum to reprint Seth Tupper’s review of Rep. Al Novstrup and Senator David Novstrup’s self-interested watering down of a 2014 bill offered to improve amusement park safety. A couple pages ahead of the Tupper article comes a letter from Spearfish attorney Reed C. Richards calling for Rep. Novstrup’s resignation:
This self-serving response by Novstrup is the standard in Pierre. These “conservatives” are really there just to make sure that their private business interests and profits are not compromised by such “liberal” efforts to ensure public safety on amusement park rides. Again and again, the conservatives in Pierre put their personal profit ahead of public interest.
Over regulation? Really Al? You ought to resign in shame [Reed C. Richards, letter to the editor, Aberdeen American News, 2016.09.25].
Such self-serving regulation-rigging violates both conservatism and the mandate of an elected official to serve the common good over selfish interest. But such is the bad government we get under one-party rule.