Commentary

Wed
23
Dec

Taking time this Christmas

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

According to a national study, Americans project they will spend an average of $882 on Christmas gifts this year. That’s just gifts. The figure doesn’t include the decorations, the Christmas cards or Christmas dinner. And it’s only an estimate. A few years ago, Katie Hunhoff wrote a piece in South Dakota Magazine about a Christmas in South Dakota during the Great Depression. Hunhoff told the story of Hilda McKnight and her husband who ran the Home for the Poor in Charles Mix County at the time.

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Wed
23
Dec

We’re turning a page in Topic history

By Kathy Nelson

If Robert Slocum and I seem like a couple of kids anticipating the opening of the presents under the Christmas tree... well, it’s because we are pretty excited about flipping the calendar to the new year. As most readers know from our previous announcements, we will combine the Topic and the Isabel Dakotan effective January 1, 2016. We believe that together we can produce a paper that will be even better than we have been doing separately.

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Wed
16
Dec

Considering our options on Medicaid

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

In the past, I’ve been unwilling to support expansion of Medicaid in South Dakota. Without a plan to cover the state costs, I have opposed expansion. But I have never said “never,” and there may be a way to cover our costs completely. Since last spring the state has been in discussions with the federal government and South Dakota tribes about the way healthcare services are provided to Native Americans. The United States Government strives to meet their treaty obligation to provide health care to Native Americans through the Indian Health Service.

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Wed
16
Dec

Finding the holiday spirit

By Jill Pertler

It’s the season of celebration. It’s a lovely time to celebrate and believe in miracles. What’s not to love about an over-the-top time of year filled with electric sweaters, wrapped gifts, a tree in the living room, parties for hosting, candlelight, cookies, eggnog and fruitcake? There’s only one problem. I wasn’t feeling it this year. I’ll be honest; it comes from the pressure of trying to do it all. Have it all. Get it all done – from scratch – bigger and better than ever before.

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Thu
10
Dec

The Value of the National Career Readiness Certificate

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard
When a business needs to hire a new employee, there’s a lot to consider. An applicant’s previous jobs, education and the recommendations of others are all part of the equation. These things are important, but when it comes down to it, managers are really just looking for someone who will succeed on the job.
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Thu
10
Dec

Star Wars Saga began 38 year ago

By Jill Pertler
It’s that special time of year and we’re a nation in anticipation. My family is experiencing the same  star-laden excitement as the rest of the country and I’m not talking about deciding who gets to place the topper on the tree. The newest Star Wars premiere is coming soon to a theater near you!
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Wed
02
Dec

Winter Recharge

By Richard P. Holm, MD

 

It’s been known for eons that in this northern clime, some people feel the winter blues set in when the nights become long, but it was a physician from the National Institutes of Health in the ‘80s who first named that darkening of mood in winter as “seasonal affective disorder,” S-A-D, or SAD. Paradoxically, with the holiday season, mood can significantly sadden in five to twenty percent of us, depending somewhat on how northern your exposure may be.

 

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Wed
02
Dec

Get covered, Rural America

By Bruce Jones

 

We love living and working in rural South Dakota. The open spaces, the feeling of community, and the strong agricultural heritage and values are just three of the many reasons that make us happy to call our rural community home. And we’re proud to add another reason to that list: affordable health insurance options that give rural families peace of mind, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

 

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Thu
26
Nov

The Really Big Sugar Crystal Project

By Jill Pertler

 

Every parent has experienced the phenomenon. Your child is given an assignment on the first day of class. It is no normal assignment, but one that requires ongoing work throughout the coming weeks or months. It is the Really Big School Project. Really big projects might involve science, geography, math or English literature, but they all start out the same: with a worksheet detailing the details of the assignment.

 

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Thu
26
Nov

Concerns following the attack on Paris

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

 

Americans watched in horror last week as ISIS launched an attack on one of our closest allies. Families were at the national soccer stadium watching the exhibition match between France and Germany. College students were gathered in cafes. Young people were at a concert hall listening to a California band. An ordinary Friday night in Paris turned deadly when Islamic extremists invaded these spaces and took the lives of more than 100 innocent people.

 

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