Commentary

Wed
15
Apr

Letter: Support for Smoke Free Air Act

Dear editor,
A 2012 Survey of 400 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) members showed that at least 75% of smokers and non-smokers agreed that indoor public places should be smoke-free. An estimated 125 letters of support have been submitted to the tribal secretary over the last month in support of the pending Smoke-Free Air Act.
 
Wed
08
Apr

Thoughts about graduation, technology

By Kathy Nelson

 

Once you open a can of worms it’s hard to get the little critters back in. The controversy over the graduation speaker (described in the March 26, 2015 issue of the Topic) has been called a can of worms but I think in the end, the results are not all bad. There are some interesting aspects of the issue and how it was handled (some “teachable moments.” Here are some observations: • We all learned, or were reminded, that schools have policies and procedures that come into play when disagreements arise. Controversy tests how well those policies work and give the people involved a chance to practice them.
 
Wed
01
Apr

Slices of Life: Snippets of wisdom

By Jill Pertler

Here we are, back again to gain a little insight about the truths in life we occasionally ignore, sometimes acknowledge and often stumble upon when we least expect it. Don’t you love it when truth smacks you in the face? We’ve all been there. Like the time I realized: We all live in weird families.Planning a vacation can be nearly as fun as going on one. Moms and dads do most things for a reason. Kids just don’t know which reason when. You can never have too many double A batteries. The same can be said about TV remotes, socks, underwear and friends – not necessarily in that order.
 
Thu
26
Mar

Slices of Life: Snippets of wisdom

By Jill Pertler
The older I get, the more I know that I didn’t know what I thought I used to know back when I knew it all. As humbling as it is to not be the know-it-all I once thought I was, I have acquired bits of information and logic along the way that can be loosely characterized as knowledge. I call these snippets of wisdom life’s truths.
 
Wed
18
Mar

Understanding humans: Perspectives from the cat

By Jill Pertler
 
Humans are curious creatures and continually surprise me with their antics and odd behaviors. Their lack of logic and inability to walk on four paws explains their propensity for failure in the feline world in which we all live.

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Wed
18
Mar

Epidemic of Inactivity

By Richard P. Holm MD
 
There is an epidemic of inactivity in our country, especially with children, and obesity is only one of the unhappy complications from sitting too much.

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Wed
11
Mar

Life’s Outtakes: A Calf Named Lucky

 
By Daris Howard
It was mid February, and the temperature was about -20 degrees when I went to take care of the  pregnant cows. Buttercup, who waspast due, was nowhere to be found.  Instead there was a hole in the fence,and beyond it were hoof prints in the two-feet-deep snow. The full moon  shining off of the snow made trackingher easy. A slight melt, followed by a  freeze, had made a snow crust hardenough I could walk on the top. Buttercup’s trail led a half mile east and then crisscrossed. As I debated  which way to go, I heard a coyotehowl. Unlike a wolf, which is large  and to which an unarmed man wouldhave little defense, a coyote is much  smaller, and I could probably stand up to two or three of them. However,  when they call to each other, they areusually forming a pack. A pack can be very dangerous since some will distract their prey while the others attack from behind.
 
Wed
11
Mar

Vietnam veterans to be welcomed home March 28-29

 
Larry Zimmerman, Secretary SD Dept. of Veterans Affairs When many Vietnam veterans returned home there were no parades, there were no ceremonies, there were no celebrations; many of  them got dropped off at an airportand hailed a cab to take them home to their loved ones. Being spat on and told to remove their uniforms for their own safety, to name a few, were the welcomes they received. They did what was right for thecountry. They did their duty and unfortunately many did not appreciate it. 
 
Thu
05
Mar

Benefits of smoke-free environments

100% smoke-free environment in enclosed public places is the only effective way to protect you, your customers and your employees from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Heart disease is by far the most significant health effect of breathing secondhand smoke. According to the American Heart Association – constant exposure to secondhand smoke nearly doubles a non-smoker’s risk of having a heart attack. Research has also found that smoke filled rooms can have up to six times the air pollution as a busy highway. Residue from smoking in a room can take up to two weeks for the nicotine to clear from the air.

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Thu
05
Mar

Meetings via email should be public

Honesty, decency and forthrightness are among the values that define South Dakotans. Another core value is a fundamental belief in the public's right to know about their government. South Dakotans believe the public's business should be conducted in public view. That principle in government transparency is embedded in South Dakota's open meetings laws, which date back more than a half century and direct state and local government boards on how they should conduct business in public.

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