Commentary

Wed
24
Feb

Thoughts by Karen: Road trip

By Karen Holzer
 
A road trip is a change of scenery, people to visit, places to go. A road trip is just the thing to rejuvenate and reenergize. Leaving Spearfish on a two day road trip, I turn onto the interstate. I-90 stretches ahead of me. The asphalt ribbon will be my home for a couple days as I trek across southern South Dakota.
 
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Wed
17
Feb

We need the best teachers we can get

What kind of education do we want for our South Dakota students? Do we want them to be thinkers and doers, armed with the skills to be productive members of society? Of course we do. We want to equip them with a wide range of knowledge and experience, making them capable of tackling problems, inventing solutions, and facing real-life, beyond-the-classroom challenges.

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Working toward increasing teacher pay

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

 

This week, the legislative session reached its half-way point. Legislators are working hard as they consider bills on a wide range of topics. Education funding is a major topic of discussion this year. At the beginning of session, I offered a plan to increase teacher pay and to reform the school funding formula. My plan is based on proposals made by the Blue Ribbon Task Force, which met throughout the past year.

 

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Thu
11
Feb

Slices of Life: Super Super Bowl ads

By Jill Pertler

 

Everything about the Super Bowl is super. Super teams. Super players. Super stadium. Super day. Super parties. Super national anthem. Super halftime show. Super fans. Super nacho cheese sauce in my slow cooker. And of course, my personal favorite, super commercials. When it comes to the Super Bowl, football is only part of the day. Advertisements during the big game have become so popular they create a conundrum for viewers. When to replenish your beverage – during the game or during the commercials? You really don’t want to miss either so most of us do what I call the penalty flag dash.

 

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Wed
03
Feb

EDITOR’S COLUMN

By Kathy Nelson

 

Just before I went to see the Academy Award-nominated movie “The Revenant,” someone told me, “If you go expecting Hollywood, not history, you will probably think it’s a good movie.” That was a pretty good assessment. It’s exciting, and it has a story line, good acting and lots of dramatic special effects and scenery.

 

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Wed
27
Jan

Once a newspaperman, always a newspaperman

By Robert Slocum 
A publisher I once worked for told me that newspapering gets in your blood. Some 11-odd years later, I understand that to be true. I got into newspapers as a way to get paid for my writing while I worked on the next great American novel, but I soon discovered I enjoyed all the other aspects of working at a small paper so much that I believed I could make a career out of it.
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Wed
27
Jan

A call for renewed community spirit

By Dear editor 
I’m writing this letter to our community as a call for renewed community spirit. I think we all know the fate of our Days of 1910 celebration is up in the air. I know it’s not just us, all of the neighboring communities are struggling with keeping their town celebrations alive, and I’ve decided it comes down to us.
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Wed
20
Jan

Slices of Life: Facebook faux pas – part 2

By Jill Pertler

 

Last week I touched on a few etiquette blunders common to Facebook. As I wrote, the list of questionable situations continued to grow. There are multiple ways to faux pas on FB and as such last week’s column has morphed into a twofer. There are certain rules – or perhaps better put, norms – Facey users follow. The first of them being: if you take a selfie, you post the selfie. Most people are excellent at remembering to take selfies.

 

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Wed
13
Jan

Saying no to smoke

by Canli Coalition

Choosing to make your home and vehicles smoke free is important for your health and your family’s health along with others who live, visit and travel with you. When people smoke cigarettes, cigars, or other commercial tobacco products in your home or car you and everyone in your home and car are exposed to deadly secondhand smoke. By not allowing visitors, family members and others to smoke in your home or car you protect your family from dangerous secondhand smoke.

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Wed
13
Jan

Slices of Life: Facebook faux pas

By Jill Pertler

Facebook is an online community and in being such has developed certain (often unwritten) rules that its users follow. While some rules are easy to understand and abide by, certain Facey situations leave me unsure of what Face-behavior protocol is called for in response to my scrolling. Posting photos is a FB mainstay. But what do you do when a person posts a photo that is clearly sideways or, worse yet, upside-down? The inverted problem is multiplied 1080 if the post is a video.

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