Commentary

Wed
23
Apr

Set the rules, explain the consequences

By Tracy Renee Lee.
 
Teens are at far greater risk of death in an alcoholrelated crash than the overall population, despite the fact they cannot legally purchase or publicly possess alcohol. On the average over the last five years, one-fourth of the deaths in motor vehicle crashes occurred when a teen driver had a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .01 or higher.
 
Wed
23
Apr

Pushing Up Daisies: Obituaries serve a purpose

By Tracy Renee Lee.
 
Occasionally, I work with a family wishing to forgo the printing of the death announcement, a.k.a. obituary, in the newspaper. Before becoming a funeral practitioner, I, as these families, thought obituaries unnecessary and a bit obsolete, especially if the decedent’s circles of friends and family were small. I  have a rather small group of immediate and intimate friends and family, and have thought in the past, that when my time comes, the printing of an obituary would be unnecessary. After becoming a funeral director and working with families for a few years, my opinion of the necessity of an obituary notice, printed in the newspaper, has most definitely changed. It is a small bit of money, very well spent.
 
Thu
17
Apr

Consider a future in South Dakota

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
 
The recession brought tougher times for young adults across the nation. More people than ever are attending technical schools and colleges, but when they finish, some are having a difficult time finding jobs and repaying student loans. While this has been a national phenomenon, the prospects for a young graduate are much, much better in South Dakota for a number of reasons.

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Thu
17
Apr

Home Country

By Slim Randles.
 
Emily led the group of five into the Mule Barn, through the coffee shop itself, and into what is known locally as “the banquet room” when it isn’t being used for storage. Fraternal groups representing several animals used it monthly, and the Rotarians and Kiwanians weren’t unknown there, either. But this was different. As Emily led them into the room and told them to please sit together at the one long table, they could see that Dewey was already here, standing at the head of the table and greeting each with a handshake and a grin.

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Wed
09
Apr

Slices of Life: Embracing life as an apple

By Jill Pertler.
 
There’s a buzz circulating in smalltown USA, and I’m not talking about Justin Bieber’s birthday. I came across a new item at the grocery store. There, between the strawberries and pre-cut watermelon, sat an unassuming bag containing three fruits. At first glance, I thought they were apples because that’s what they looked like. Then I saw the label: “grapples.” I read the word with a short “a” so it rhymed with, well, apples. The association seemed pretty obvious.
 
Wed
09
Apr

Preventing early aging

By Richard P. Holm MD.
 
Everyone wants to find a way to prevent aging. Let's face it, we will all grow old … that is unless we die early from a motor vehicle accident, cancer, or an early stroke or heart attack. Of course even if we took every precaution, one of those causes for early death might occur. But now-a-days don't we know how to prevent aging arteries, heart attacks, and strokes?
 
Wed
02
Apr

Sex trafficking in South Dakota

Submitted by Sacred Heart Center, Eagle Butte.
 
NO MORE!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and what better way to bring awareness to sexual assault than to focus on the ever present and growing issue of sex trafficking? What is sex trafficking? Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.
 
Wed
02
Apr

To sell it: Price it, prepare it, promote it

By Ron Silverman.
 
With the volatility of the housing market fluctuations in this area, if you are considering selling your home, there are a few things you can do to make your home more appealing should the market drift towards giving the buyers an edge. If your home meets the buyer’s needs, it will win out over the others. There are three secrets to a successful sale of your home: Price it right, prepare your home to make it appealing, and promote it to the widest audience.
 
Thu
27
Mar

Upholding obligations to the Pension Fund

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard
 
Nebraska’s well-known and successful investor, Warren Buffett, mentioned public pension obligations in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders: “Local and state financial problems are accelerating, in large part because public entities promised pensions they couldn’t afford. Citizens and public officials typically under-appreciated the gigantic financial tapeworm that was born when promises were made that conflicted with a willingness to fund them. Unfortunately, pension mathematics today remain a mystery to most Americans.”
 
Thu
27
Mar

“March Madness” is for music, too

By U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD)
 
The month of March has long been coined as “March Madness” when basketball fans around our country fill out brackets and cheer on their teams. In recent years, South Dakotans have had the opportunity to cheer on teams from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University as they qualified for the Big Dance. In South Dakota, March also marks the time when high school basketball tournaments are played and the champions in three classes are crowned. A lesser known fact is that March
 

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