Argus Letter to the Editor: Johnson's condition more serious than we're being told
We have been assured that things are on the mend with Johnson. If that is the case, the senator might consider a news conference or an occasional press release to assure those of us who are represented by him that he is in fact on the road back to productivity.
My suspicion is that the senator's condition is much more serious than he or his staff has seen fit to admit. This South Dakotan is not comfortable when elected officials put themselves and their ideology above the best interest of those they represent.
Read it all here.
This is a tough one to comment one, because I think the author (Randy Amundson) comes off as harsh, and maybe a bit insensitive. But on the other hand, a few points he tries to make are valid.
The Senator is very ill, and has a long road ahead of him. That's generally accepted. But there's also the view that continues to gain momentum that we're not getting the full story. The senator's staff ekes out bits and pieces here and there regarding his condition, but otherwise there is this huge void of information that people will seek to fill with rumor and conjecture.
Equally fueling the fire is the fact that the state press corps' usual demand for openness and full accountability for our elected officials seems to have evaporated in this case.
Absent full transparency, this letter to the editor may just the first one we'll see. And they'll continue to grow in number until such a time as the Senator returns to work.