To the editor:
The South Dakota Hall of Fame once again missed an opportunity to acknowledge one of the giants of our state’s history. For the second straight year, Senator Larry Pressler has been denied entry into the state’s hall of fame. Senator Pressler served our state admirably for 18 years in the United States Senate and four years in the United States House of Representatives.
Senator Pressler is a beacon of honesty and integrity in our state. The people of South Dakota saw it fit to send Mr. Pressler to congress for two decades. It only makes sense we send him to the hall of fame for his dedicated service to our state.
Senator Pressler has helped to shape the world we live in today through the Telecommunications Act of 1996, legislation that allowed him to work across the aisle with President Bill Clinton. Moreover, Mr. Pressler’s honesty and integrity were on full display when he refused to be bribed during the Abscam investigations.
In this age of hyper-polarized politics, it is important we put political affiliations aside and honor a gentleman who so diligently worked to make our lives better. Some Republicans in the state are mad that Mr. Pressler ran as an independent in the 2014 senate race. We cannot let grudges and personal pettiness get in the way of honoring one of our state’s dedicated servants.
Along with serving in the United States Senate for 18 years, Senator Pressler is a Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, and university lecturer. Let’s honor a true South Dakotan. Let’s send Senator Pressler to the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
Jason A. Van Engen
2215 S. Euclid Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: (605) 759-3914