Commentary

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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Wed
11
Jun

President Obama to visit Standing Rock

President Obama has announced his upcoming travel to Cannonball, ND. to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Friday, June 13. The President will be accompanied by the First Lady in his first visit to Indian Country since taking office.
The following op-ed by President Obama appeared in Indian Country Today: Six years ago, I made my first trip to Indian Country. I visited the Crow Nation in Montana – an experience I’ll never forget. I left with a new Crow name, an adoptive Crow family, and an even stronger commitment to build a future that honors old traditions and welcomes every Native American into the American Dream.

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Wed
04
Jun

Summertime reading a good idea

By First Lady Linda Daugaard:
 
Now that the children are finished with school and the weather has warmed up, it’s really beginning to feel like summer. The family vacations, camping trips, picnics and baseball games have all begun and our calendars are filling up with our summer plans. Regardless of what your plans are for the next three months, I hope you’ll take the time to pick up a book this summer and encourage your children to do the same.
 

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