Commentary

Wed
15
Oct

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists

Despite the fact South Dakota law requires every owner and operator of a motor vehicle to maintain some form of financial responsibility, many drivers do not comply. Statistics indicate that 7-8% of South Dakota’s drivers are uninsured.
 
Wed
15
Oct

Hotel offers ‘free oxygen’

As I sat back into my seat on the plane, I looked at the brochure for the hotel where we would be staying. “Free Oxygen” it said in big, bold letters. I laughed to myself, thinking that was a strange item to include on an amenity list. We had flown from our 5000-foot altitude in Idaho to sea level at Lima, Peru. We spent quite a few days in that area enjoying the increased air pressure and feeling good
 
Wed
08
Oct

Living quiet in a noisy world

I am an inside my head type of person. I often have complete and satisfying conversations involving just me, myself and I. My inner monologues can be captivating. (Oh yes they can.) It’s not a case of me being the most interesting person I know. Far from it. It’s more about how I process the universe. I have to mull things over in my head like a hundred times. Talk amongst myself.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Old pictures, TV, and a t-shirt

Donovin Sprague, who has been editor of several of the Images of America historical photo books, wants us to spread the word that he is going to do a new second edition of the Standing Rock Sioux book and is gathering photos. The first edition of Standing Rock Sioux preceded the Cheyenne River Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Lakota Sioux Missions, and Ziebach County,  which have all been popular in the local area. 
 
Wed
01
Oct

Fathers of Out-of- Wedlock Children

South Dakota law deals harshly with fathers of children born out of wedlock. If the birth mother wishes to place the child for adoption without notifying the father, she may do so. Under provisions enacted by the  South Dakota Legislature in 1974,
the father must act affirmatively within 60 days of the child’s birth to protect his parental rights
 
Wed
24
Sep

Letter: Blood drive will need new local coordinator

Dear editor, Since this is the last time I’ll coordinate a blood drive, I’d like to see it be the biggest ever. Every day over 500 units of blood are needed in our area to replace that lost due to accidents, surgeries, illnesses, etc. Where does it come from? It comes from blood drives like ours in small towns as well as the more metropolitan cities
 
Wed
24
Sep

Common law marriage

A common -law marriage, or “informal” marriage, is one where the parties do not have a wedding or marriage ceremony, but the law recognizes their relationship as a “marriage” because of the parties’ conduct. Conduct that could give rise to a common-law marriage includes the parties’ introducing each other as “husband” and “wife;” filing joint tax returns; and living together for an extended period of time
 
Wed
17
Sep

When does corporal punishment go too far?

A Texas grand jury recently indicted Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on the criminal charge of reckless or negligent injury to child. The charge stems from Peterson’s admitted use of a tree branch (or, “switch”) in spanking 
his four-year -ld son. This story highlights an issue with which courts have struggled
 
Wed
17
Sep

Life’s Outakes: College students’ notes to teacher

Most of my college students are bright, fun to teach, and work hard. But each semester I get interesting letters, emails, and phone calls from a few students. I save these, and, occasionally, I compile them into a column. The last couple of years I have shared some of these, and, with school just starting, I thought I’d share a few more. I don’t think any of these comments need  any explanation, other than to say that I changed or removed any names for anonymity.
 
Wed
10
Sep

Sidebar

Court cases can take place in federal court, state court, or tribal court. Last week’s column addressed federal courts. This week’s column discusses state courts and tribal courts. State Court. The state court system serves as the primary workhorse for the administration of justice. As stated last week, federal courts serve an important function, but they are courts of limited jurisdiction
 

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