The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road – a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and the great outdoors. Hopefully, Mr. Whitman would have approved use of his prose to promote open, well-aired government. It’s unlikely the great poet favored government secrecy and closed-door meetings.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed the controversial “transgender bathroom bill” (HB 1008 – An Act to restrict access to certain restrooms and locker rooms in public schools.) The Governor’s veto message follows: Dear Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives, I respectfully return to you House Bill 1008, with my VETO. House Bill 1008 does not address any pressing issue concerning the school districts of South Dakota. As policymakers in South Dakota, we often recite that the best government is the government closest to the people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
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. To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition
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.