Commentary

Wed
05
Nov

Slices of Life: Mom stands strong for supper

By Jill Pertler
I am clinging to supper like a desperate and damp piece of toilet paper on a slippery sneaker. I hold on by a thin thread of two-ply ultra-soft. My grip is tenuous, yet tenacious. They will not break me. Supper has been a mainstay at my house for as long as I can remember. My parents practiced the mealtime concept up to three times a day and must have passed along the supper gene to me.
 
Wed
05
Nov

South Dakota’s 125th anniversary

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard
On Nov. 2, 1889, at 2:40 p.m., President Benjamin Harrison signed South Dakota into statehood. Before signing the statehood proclamations for the two Dakotas, President Harrison instructed Secretary of State James Blaine to cover both  
proclamations under a sheet of paper. President Harrison signed both, and then shuffled them again so that no one, not even the President, knew which proclamation was signed first.
 
Wed
29
Oct

School Superintendents answer Governor’s comments

In a recent interview with the Argus Leader published on October 24, 2014, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard expressed some views that the South Dakota School Superintendents Association (SDSSA) would like to address. The Governor said, “I think our goal in education should be student achievement. It should not be expenditure …. I think 
compensation does attract quality
 
Wed
22
Oct

Increased minimum wage could make quality of life better

The current minimum wage in South Dakota is $7.25. If the wage were to be raised it would increase the quality of living. By raising the minimum wage it is also preparing for the predicted increased cost of living. The only downfall to raising minimum wage would still be at the bottom. There wouldn’t really be a change

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Wed
22
Oct

Raising the minimum wage could help the economy

South Dakota has always had a reputation of hard work, dedication, and never quitting until the job is finished. To fellow South Dakotans this is a way life. A difficult life at that due to the standard living cost set by the minimum wage. With it being so low it causes stress to the people and forces them to work even harder and carry more than one job. Life in South Dakota should become easier yet it seems that it’s only becoming more difficult

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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
 

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