Commentary

Wed
18
Mar

Epidemic of Inactivity

By Richard P. Holm MD
 
There is an epidemic of inactivity in our country, especially with children, and obesity is only one of the unhappy complications from sitting too much.

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Wed
11
Mar

Life’s Outtakes: A Calf Named Lucky

 
By Daris Howard
It was mid February, and the temperature was about -20 degrees when I went to take care of the  pregnant cows. Buttercup, who waspast due, was nowhere to be found.  Instead there was a hole in the fence,and beyond it were hoof prints in the two-feet-deep snow. The full moon  shining off of the snow made trackingher easy. A slight melt, followed by a  freeze, had made a snow crust hardenough I could walk on the top. Buttercup’s trail led a half mile east and then crisscrossed. As I debated  which way to go, I heard a coyotehowl. Unlike a wolf, which is large  and to which an unarmed man wouldhave little defense, a coyote is much  smaller, and I could probably stand up to two or three of them. However,  when they call to each other, they areusually forming a pack. A pack can be very dangerous since some will distract their prey while the others attack from behind.
Wed
11
Mar

Vietnam veterans to be welcomed home March 28-29

 
Larry Zimmerman, Secretary SD Dept. of Veterans Affairs When many Vietnam veterans returned home there were no parades, there were no ceremonies, there were no celebrations; many of  them got dropped off at an airportand hailed a cab to take them home to their loved ones. Being spat on and told to remove their uniforms for their own safety, to name a few, were the welcomes they received. They did what was right for thecountry. They did their duty and unfortunately many did not appreciate it. 
 
Thu
05
Mar

Benefits of smoke-free environments

100% smoke-free environment in enclosed public places is the only effective way to protect you, your customers and your employees from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Heart disease is by far the most significant health effect of breathing secondhand smoke. According to the American Heart Association – constant exposure to secondhand smoke nearly doubles a non-smoker’s risk of having a heart attack. Research has also found that smoke filled rooms can have up to six times the air pollution as a busy highway. Residue from smoking in a room can take up to two weeks for the nicotine to clear from the air.

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Thu
05
Mar

Meetings via email should be public

Honesty, decency and forthrightness are among the values that define South Dakotans. Another core value is a fundamental belief in the public's right to know about their government. South Dakotans believe the public's business should be conducted in public view. That principle in government transparency is embedded in South Dakota's open meetings laws, which date back more than a half century and direct state and local government boards on how they should conduct business in public.

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Wed
25
Feb

Repairing roads, bridges is worthy goal

By news editor Jeremy Waltner and publisher Tim L. Waltner
 
There are few things more important to South Dakota— and taken for granted— than our roads and bridges. Particularly in a rural state like ours, the infrastructure that enables us to travel safely and efficiently is vital. It is essential to our economy— agriculture and tourism, for example— and our quality of life— education and health care, for example. 

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Wed
25
Feb

Offering quality, affordable higher education

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard
 
Education after high school can be expensive. Over the past few decades, the cost of higher education has increased much faster than average inflation. The cost of things like food, housing and medical care have increased over the years, but, on average, not at the rate of college tuition.

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Wed
18
Feb

What’s your perception of a hitchhiker?

 
I was feeling a little stressed out after a long weekend. I travelled all  the way to California for a basketball tournament. I had to borrow money  from my parents because I had not received my income tax return yet. Additionally my team lost out of the tournament and missed out on an anticipated share in the jackpot. With my last $60 I landed back in Spokane. I spent $10 on a sandwich and $16 on my airport parking. I left the airport parking lot and was  headed south, back towards Moscow (ID) where I go to school. I was still stressed thinking more about how  broke I would be after filling the gastank on my car. I barely had enough gas to get me home.

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Wed
18
Feb

Slices of Life: This week, we are the Nielsens

By Jill Pertler

I’ve never used a pen name or adopted an alias. My family’s not in the  witness protection program, which I’m assuming would necessitate a name change. But this week we are the Nielsens. It’s a moniker steeped in power, prestige and a TV viewing diary. The Nielsen in our house is the Nielsen Company, which establishes ratings and rankings for TV shows by  gathering information from regularpeople like us. Families are randomly selected and asked to participate  by keeping a TV viewing diary for seven days. People in large cities often have electronic monitoring devices attached to their TVs. Small town folks still complete diaries the oldfashioned way with pen, paper and the occasional writer’s cramp.

Wed
11
Feb

City should consider getting out of internet business

The reasons for the City of Timber Lake to be in the internet business are becoming fewer. Maybe it’s time to exit. The history of Timber Lake Broadband, for those who don’t remember or never knew, speaks for itself. A review: The City first got into the internet business with  a $300,000 USDA grant designed to bring service to rural communities. At that time, most people
had dial-up service, which was fast becoming obsolete.
 

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