Commentary

Wed
26
Nov

Principal housing? Yes — and better pay for teachers too

School-owned housing for the principal? Why not? With the competition that schools face in hiring talented teachers and administrators, all options should be considered. Timber Lake Supt. Jarod Larson is proposing that the school district purchase a three-bedroom Governor’s House to have ready for recruiting a principal when the time comes. The present K-5 Principal, Terry Stulken, has not indicated any plans for the 2015-2016 school year, but he does have a strong pull to the southeast corner of the state, where his family, including a precious grandchild, reside. Larson wants to be ready when Stulken decides to return to retirement. Hence the idea of another house.
 
Wed
19
Nov

Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court in South Dakota provides a quick and effective way to obtain judicial relief. Originally, Small Claims Courts could hear claims that sought damages of up to $2,000, but over the past 25 years this has gradually increased
to $12,000.
 
Wed
19
Nov

What Thanksgiving is truly all about

If a person is asked what they are most thankful for, nearly one-hundred percent of the time they mention family. Thus it was appropriate that one particular Thanksgiving, I found myself in the birthing room at a hospital, waiting for the arrival of my
second child
 
Wed
12
Nov

November 20: Great American Smokeout

Thursday, November 20 is the 2014 National Great American Smoke-Out – a day for tobacco users across the U.S. to commit to being smoke-free for one day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life. If you use cigarettes, cigars or chew the Canli Coalition of CRST is challenging you to go just one day without using commercial tobacco by taking their “Smoke-Free for a Day” pledge.
 
Wed
05
Nov

Slices of Life: Mom stands strong for supper

By Jill Pertler
I am clinging to supper like a desperate and damp piece of toilet paper on a slippery sneaker. I hold on by a thin thread of two-ply ultra-soft. My grip is tenuous, yet tenacious. They will not break me. Supper has been a mainstay at my house for as long as I can remember. My parents practiced the mealtime concept up to three times a day and must have passed along the supper gene to me.
 
Wed
05
Nov

South Dakota’s 125th anniversary

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard
On Nov. 2, 1889, at 2:40 p.m., President Benjamin Harrison signed South Dakota into statehood. Before signing the statehood proclamations for the two Dakotas, President Harrison instructed Secretary of State James Blaine to cover both  
proclamations under a sheet of paper. President Harrison signed both, and then shuffled them again so that no one, not even the President, knew which proclamation was signed first.
 
Wed
29
Oct

School Superintendents answer Governor’s comments

In a recent interview with the Argus Leader published on October 24, 2014, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard expressed some views that the South Dakota School Superintendents Association (SDSSA) would like to address. The Governor said, “I think our goal in education should be student achievement. It should not be expenditure …. I think 
compensation does attract quality
 
Wed
22
Oct

Increased minimum wage could make quality of life better

The current minimum wage in South Dakota is $7.25. If the wage were to be raised it would increase the quality of living. By raising the minimum wage it is also preparing for the predicted increased cost of living. The only downfall to raising minimum wage would still be at the bottom. There wouldn’t really be a change

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Wed
22
Oct

Raising the minimum wage could help the economy

South Dakota has always had a reputation of hard work, dedication, and never quitting until the job is finished. To fellow South Dakotans this is a way life. A difficult life at that due to the standard living cost set by the minimum wage. With it being so low it causes stress to the people and forces them to work even harder and carry more than one job. Life in South Dakota should become easier yet it seems that it’s only becoming more difficult

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Wed
15
Oct

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists

Despite the fact South Dakota law requires every owner and operator of a motor vehicle to maintain some form of financial responsibility, many drivers do not comply. Statistics indicate that 7-8% of South Dakota’s drivers are uninsured.
 

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