Commentary

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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Wed
27
Apr

Travel site has Isabel all wrong

By Robert Slocum

A recent article from a travel website unfairly paints several of our local communities in a rather poor light. The article, offered up by “infotainment” webbers roadsnacks. net, was titled “10 Small Towns in South Dakota Where You’d Never Want To Live” and dated April 4, 2016. I’ll cut to the chase: Several of our local towns were featured and the article claims it can tell the public “which teeny specks in SD are the pits.”

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Thu
21
Apr

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

To the Citizens of Dupree: I wish to thank all of you for your support and confidence in me as your Mayor for the past four years and eight months. I also want to express a very special thank you to my Finance Officer, Maurice Lemke, and to all the City Council members for their support and advice. I would also like to thank our Maintenance Superintendent Jesse Olvera and his workers; without their help and participation we could not have accomplished what we did. The following is some of the things we accomplished in the past four years and eight months.

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Wed
13
Apr

Students write about legislative issues

Dear editor,
The bill I worked on for the Bill Tracker assignment that was assigned in Government class was the teacher pay bill. This was an interesting bill to learn about since I feel that teachers don’t get the pay they deserve for the service they provide. In 2015, South Dakota was rated 42nd out of 50 states in teacher pay. Believe it or not that is a decent step from the ratings of previous years.

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Wed
06
Apr

Melancholy Mondays

By Jill Pertler

Oh, the dreaded Monday. We all experience and endure it, although depending on your specific schedule, your Monday might fall on a Thursday. Still, we understand the concept of Monday melancholy. I’ve never been one to shy away from Mondays. It’s as good a time as any to get things done and put things off. But I have to confess: lately they’ve been getting to me. I find myself feeling listless and unmotivated on the first day of the standard workweek.

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Wed
06
Apr

Mental illness and South Dakota’s criminal justice system

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

A significant number of Americans struggle with mental illness. For many the struggle is silent. Some experience short-term mental health problems, as it’s not uncommon for individuals to temporarily face mild forms of mental illness throughout their lives. For others though, it’s a lifelong battle that requires consistent treatment. No community is untouched by mental illness. It deeply affects schools, work places and families.

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