Commentary

Wed
23
Jul

Friendship

By Richard P. Holm MD.
 
What is a friend? The word comes from the German freund, which in turn originates from an Indo-European root meaning “to love,” shared by “free.” Thus a friend is defined as a person of mutual affection that is free of sexual or family relations. Still there are many more definitions of friendship. Friends care, support, listen, open-up, and then in the end are loyal. It is almost like the ethics of medicine: friends try to benefit and not harm their pals, do it honestly, all while respecting the other guy’s freedom to choose.
 
Wed
16
Jul

An open letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe:
 
I do hope this letter arrives at your office in reasonable time. Sarcasm aside, there was a time when I put a First Class stamp on a letter and mailed it, I had confidence, depending on its destination, it would get there overnight or within two or three days. There was a time when newspaper publishers could expect their latest edition would reach mail subscribers in a reasonable time frame as well.
 
Wed
16
Jul

The Mystery of Parkinson’s

By Richard P. Holm M.D.
 
Parkinson’s disease is one of those unfair illnesses. Actually a group of conditions affecting movement, Parkinson’s disease results from different kinds of injuries to a specific part of the brain. Although many believe it takes a genetic tendency plus some environmental assault to cause it, still we don’t know why some get Parkinson’s and some don’t.
 
Wed
09
Jul

Slices of Life: Having it all

By Jill Pertler.
 
There’s been a renewed media buzz on the age-old topic of women having it all. Career plus family equals success. Cameron Diaz fueled the discussion with an announcement about not wanting kids because, in her words, “It’s so much more work to have children.” In another publicized conversation, Indra Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo and mother of two (not necessarily in that order) admitted she doesn’t think women can have it all.
 
Wed
09
Jul

Dead and then alive again

By Richard P. Holm M.D.
 
I have a number of patients who are enjoying life years after having a sudden death experience because they had the good fortune being near someone who could provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. Of course there are times when people are certainly dying, when CPR would only cause more suffering, and when resuscitation should not be done. That, however, is another story for another day.
 
Wed
02
Jul

State of our First Amendment freedoms

By Gene Policinski.
 
C’mon, people — it’s just 45 words! We’ll even give you the Twitter version: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition. There, a whole lesson in what it means to be a citizen of the United States — and the answers to some of the questions on the actual test you have to pass to become a citizen.
 
Wed
25
Jun

Expanding Medicaid is important for South Dakota

By U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.
 
As a nation, we have taken an enormous step to ensure that more Americans are able to access health care than ever before. In addition to the coverage made available through the new health insurance marketplaces, critical federal funding is helping to expand our nation’s safety net by enabling many to access health coverage through expanded state Medicaid programs.
 
Wed
18
Jun

Knowledge is our best protector

By Richard P. Holm, MD.
 
There is a powerful lesson from the medieval plague and the terrible Black Death. An earlier and similar epidemic killed half of Europe, during the sixth and seventh century but then seemed to disappear for about 700 years, until the plague raised its ugly head again in China, beginning the greatest international public health disaster in recorded history.
 
Wed
18
Jun

What our country needs from the press

By Lee H. Hamilton.
 
These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix.
 
Wed
11
Jun

Keep it open

The July meeting of the Timber Lake School Board would be a good time for the board to do an important piece of business in public: Make an appointment to fill the vacant board seat — after discussing it in open session. Supt. Larson explained at the Monday night meeting what the procedure would be at the July meeting. After old business is completed by the present board (Marcia O’Leary (chair), Chad Mettler, Willard Nash, Cherie Leibel and A.J. Lindskov) the meeting will be adjourned and members Leibel and O’Leary will step down.

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