Commentary

Wed
30
Nov

Slices of Life: Oh topiary, oh topiary

By Jill Pertler
 
Each year at about this time I find myself face to face with an issue. It has to do with one aspect of the holidays. In two words – the tree. I can’t get behind the idea of the tree and my lack of spirit makes me feel downright Grinchy. I don’t want to have a tiny, shrunken heart. I want to participate in the magic and miracles of the season. I want to drink eggnog. I want to be enthused about a tree in my living room. I really do. But I’m not. Something must be wrong with me. I can see the magic of the season in other aspects. I love shopping for gifts. I love the Christmas story and holiday music.
 
 
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Wed
23
Nov

Stray Thoughts

By Mark Peacock

Luck

I have always considered double-yolk eggs to be lucky, at least as lucky as finding money in an old pair of jeans, and much luckier than horseshoes or rabbit’s feet; shoes which apparently the horse had grown tired of, and feet which proved none-too-lucky for the rabbit. Still, I delight in cracking open an egg and seeing a pair where only one should be. Interestingly enough, I have had multiple multiples… double eggs two or three times in a row; uncommon, but not unheard of in the scheme of things.

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Wed
23
Nov

Thanksgiving: Have an attitude of gratitude

By Bryan Golden

Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. It's important to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, begin each new day by developing an attitude of gratitude. Take inventory of your blessings and you will be surprised at just how much you have to be thankful for. If you have enough to eat, a place to live, a way to get around, people who care about you, or people you care about, then you are wealthy. If you lack any of these elements, you must still be grateful for what you do have, while striving to obtain whatever is absent.

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Wed
16
Nov

Slices of Life: Becoming a citizen

By Jill Pertler

We are all citizens – of various entities: a classroom, workplace, family, neighborhood, world and the nation. We are a country made up largely of immigrants. Unless you are of Native American heritage, chances are your forefathers and foremothers came to the United States in search of the opportunity for a new life in a new land as citizens of the United States.

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Thu
10
Nov

LETTER

Dear editor, I must say I felt slighted after reading the article on Cross Country in your Oct. 27 edition. My name is John Heck and would like to go back one more year to the fall of 1962. I was a senior at Timber Lake High and was introduced to the sport by then coach Bill Adney.

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Wed
02
Nov

Deciding how to vote can be hard work

By Kathy Nelson

I guess you could say voting is easy. You just check the little boxes on the ballot and you’re done! It takes only a few minutes. That’s easy compared to changing a tire or making lasagna or keeping up with a three-year-old for a day. But making the right decisions before you mark that ballot — well, that’s not so easy. There is commitment involved. What if someone wins or loses or something passes or fails because of your ONE vote? That’s reason enough to take it seriously and put in the effort to do it right. Besides, we all want to say “Don’t blame me” if our candidate or issue fails and things don’t work out.

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Wed
02
Nov

The New Rite of Passage

By Mark Peacock

Throughout the course of history, when the young came of age, they had to collectively and individually prepare themselves for a rite of passage, something they had to say or do or endure in order to transition to adulthood. These rites were tests of strength, of skill, of coordination, of mental and physical stamina, of endurance; they were feats designed to test their mettle as well as their character.

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Wed
26
Oct

“America the Beautiful”

By Jill Pertler

It’s been quite a campaign season so far. The election. The debates. The issues and non-issues that somehow become issues nonetheless. It can be overwhelming. And disheartening – for me, at least. The negativity and accusations and misinformation and misrepresentation and name-calling and scandals could be enough to discourage and dispirit a regular American – or at least cause her to consider a vacation from social media. I am a regular American and I was feeling it. I noticed last week. The non-congenial atmosphere online, on-screen, on-air and everywhere in between was getting to me in a not-so-good way. I didn’t like that I was falling prey to it.

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Wed
19
Oct

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:

I stand in opposition to Constitutional Amendment V, which will be on the ballot in November. Amendment V gives politicians the constitutional right to hide party affiliation from South Dakotans. Amendment V takes party registration information away from voters when they vote, making our ballot less transparent and turning it into a HIDDEN primary. Most of the money raised by Amendment V came from out-of state and the single biggest donor is an organization from New York City.

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Wed
05
Oct

Our stories have power

By Amanda Fanger

Reporter & Farmer, Webster If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s that every single person has a story. And I mean everyone. I feel blessed to be able to tell the stories of those around me through my career but so often come across people who don’t want to tell their tale. Personally, I feel those individuals rob the world of a service. You should be willing to own who you are and all that’s happened to you. With that said, it’s come to my attention recently that there are many readers who don’t fully know my story or how come I came to be a journalist. I often write about how I was home schooled and about how I did not go to college, but I don’t know if I’ve ever told all the details of how I became a journalist.

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