Commentary

Thu
09
Jun

We’re making some changes

By Kathy Nelson

Don’t let the headline mislead you. We aren’t changing to a Monday paper or dropping “Sparks from Firesteel.” We are just doing a little remodeling. When Jim and Mary Byington, the publishers of the paper from 1946 to 1980, got a new press in 1965, they had to open up the south wall of the building to get the old press out and the new one in. They decided it was a good time to add on to the building so they went next door and bought nine feet of land from Ted Stanek, who owned the implement dealership that was located where the museum is now.

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Thu
02
Jun

CRST Chairman opposes pipeline

The following is a statement from Harold C. Frazier, Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe: It is with great disappointment I address the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I will start by making it clear that I oppose and condemn the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The opinion of the members has been voiced by Tribal Resolution 324-2015 CR opposing the construction of any portion of the DAPL.

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Wed
25
May

Let us never forget our heroes

By Larry Zimmerman

Memorial Day stands as a solemn American tradition that honors the sacrifices of past generations. Memorial Day is a day we dedicate to those who fell in defense of the ideals, beliefs, and values we hold sacred. As a nation we need to remember these heroes and their sacrifice. We must remember what they did, why they did it, and appreciate what it means to us personally and as a nation.

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Wed
25
May

Choose to make every day a No Tobacco Day!

On May 31 the World Health Organization celebrates “No Tobacco Day” which highlights the health risks associated with commercial tobacco use and encourages those who use tobacco to quit. The Canli Coalition of Cheyenne River is joining in the celebration of World No Tobacco Day and encouraging those who use commercial tobacco to “Make Every Day a No Tobacco Day.”

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Thu
19
May

Backyard Concerto

By Jill Pertler

The birds were going crazy with their twittering tweets, chirps and trills. The cooing of a mourning dove underscored the drumming of a lone woodpecker. It seemed each feathered friend was trying to outdo the other with its own solo and the sounds reverberated in a rowdy crescendoed backyard symphony.

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Thu
19
May

Proper display and care of the American flag

Is it proper to fly the U.S. flag at night? The Flag Code states it is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flag staffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The American Legion interprets “ proper illumination” as a light specifically placed to illuminate the flag (preferred) or having a light source sufficient to illuminate the flag so it is recognizable as such by the casual observer.

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Thu
12
May

Getting along in a small town

By Kathy Nelson

A visitor from out of state commented on the difference between making a living at Meadow Corner, SD and Portland, OR. At Meadow Corner, whoever ran the gas station (the only business at the crossroads of two highways, miles from any town) saw about five local families a day. If he offended one family on any given day, he ran the risk of losing 20% of his business. In Portland, one customer wouldn’t make much difference. Interesting observation. Anybody who lives long in a rural community or small town learns that when you are dependent on fewer people, it’s good business to treat people right. Customers are hard to come by.

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Thu
05
May

Let’s hear it for the Moms

By Robert Slocum

When it comes to holidays, it’s often said that we should always remember to celebrate constantly whatever a specific holiday is touting or in remembrance of. “Every day should be (pick one) Day,” people say. But when it comes to Mother’s Day, which is this Sunday, May 8, I am fully in favor of going all out for the Moms. They deserve their own day, I say.

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Thu
05
May

Excitement times two

By Jill Pertler

Life can be exciting. And stressful. And sometimes exciting things – even though they are good things – create stress. Even though you promise yourself you won’t let them this time. You know you shouldn’t complain. Excitement is excitement after all. You are aware you should take it all in.

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Wed
27
Apr

It never really was that simple

By Jim and Kathy Nelson

(Reprinted from the Topic, May 26, 1994)

Next week this paper begins its 84th year of publication so a peek back into our history seems appropriate. In this postcard photo Timber Lake’s first newspaper publisher, J.J. Holley, and a co-worker, weapons in hand, strike a mean pose in front of the tent office which housed the Timber Lake Tribune. The message reads, “Nobody is going to run this paper but us. If you want to find out who is boss, just start something.”

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