Commentary

Wed
18
Oct

Keeping our promise

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Two years ago, South Dakotans joined together to solve a long-standing problem. Our state’s average salaries for teachers were lowest in the nation. Even after adjusting for cost of living differences, teachers made significantly more in our neighboring states. I heard from many educators that the problem had reached its breaking point. As many older teachers retired, schools were struggling to fill vacant positions.

The Blue Ribbon Task Force met throughout 2015, and after seeking input from thousands of South Dakotans, it recommended a number of solutions. I proposed several legislative changes based on that report, and a bipartisan coalition in the State Legislature passed versions of those proposals with two-thirds votes. We raised the state sales tax to put more money into education, changed the funding formula to prioritize teacher pay and put strict requirements in place for use of the new money.

Wed
18
Oct

Home fires are preventable

By Canli Coalition

October is Fire Prevention Month which makes it a good time to share some facts about home fires. First and foremost…fire safety begins with you! Making your home smoke-free is a great way to prevent a home fire. By asking those who smoke to always smoke outside you are dramatically reducing your risk of a home fire. The statistics on home fires do not lie, in 2015 across the United States smoking in homes caused 13.8% of fatal residential fires. You can easily prevent this from happening to you and your family by taking action and making your home smoke-free.

It is important that you know the steps to take to keep yourself and your family safe from home fires. Always smoke outside because many things in your home can catch on fire if they touch something hot like a cigarette or ashes.

Wed
11
Oct

Facebook is the new Big Brother

By Rick Jensen

You’re putting your life at risk, one like at a time. Facebook’s fairly recent slog into transparency reveals some rather nasty big-brother surveillance of their users.

It’s always been a given that a service provider who does not directly charge customers can only pay the bills and employees if they’re being subsidized, either by the government, advertising or leasing access to their clients’ information.

The more information the service provider has, the more they can charge their own clients for access to that information.

 

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Wed
11
Oct

Celebrating Native Americans’ Day

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Since 1990, South Dakota has celebrated Native Americans’ Day. We were the first in the nation to establish Native Americans’ Day as an official state holiday, done at the urging of Gov. George S. Mickelson as a part of his “Year of Reconciliation” efforts. A crowd of South Dakotans gathered at Crazy Horse Memorial to celebrate the first Native Americans’ Day. There were prayers offered by the Keeper of the Sacred Pipe of the Sioux Nation and an Episcopalian bishop, the Sioux Anthem and Star Spangled Banner were sung, and speeches were given by Oglala Sioux Tribe President Harold Salway and Gov. Mickelson.

Wed
27
Sep

Appreciation for South Dakota newspapers

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

The week of Oct. 1 is National Newspaper Week, an opportunity to recognize the important role newspapers play in our country. In South Dakota alone, there are 126 newspapers, some of which have been published for more than a century. Those newspapers employ hardworking reporters and others who work long hours to bring the news to our doorsteps.

In 21st Century America we can sometimes forget that a free press is a priceless thing, often not present in other countries. We don’t think about the many places around the world where people cannot freely assemble, nor express their beliefs, where there is no freedom of the press and where journalists can be jailed for publishing something about those in government. 

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Wed
27
Sep

Skip the siblings, get your kid a horse

By Amanda Fanger

When I was a wee tike, there was nothing in the world I wanted more than a horse.

Instead, I got siblings.

Growing up, “horse”— followed closely by “saddle, bridle” and “cowgirl hat”— topped my Christmas wish list. I can’t tell how many times I begged and pleaded with my parents to let me have a horse of my own. I remember threatening to run away with the circus because I thought I’d get to work with the performance horses.

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Wed
20
Sep

They shouldn’t be called cell phones

By Jill Pertler

A phone used to be a phone and nothing more – except for maybe a paperweight. Now our “phones” are multi-taskers of the unlimited kind. Well, unless you go over your allotted gigabytes or data plan, but you know what I mean.

That’s why I’m petitioning to change the name of cell phones. They shouldn’t be called phones at all. I barely use mine as a phone. Talking on the phone is so blasé. So last century.

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Wed
20
Sep

Eggs and sausage are okay

By Richard P. Holm, MD

The other day, I was on a run with a scientist friend who recently had suffered a small heart attack. During our run, we talked about cardiac rehabilitation and safe running practices that could help his recovery. He was happy to be back running, and as I was recovering from cancer surgery, I was also happy to be back running. If not over-done, we know that those with or without heart disease benefit from regular exercise. I could feel the run was rebuilding my strength and savored the social time with my friend. When we finished, energized and happy, a short cool-down walk brought us to his home.

Wed
13
Sep

My principles for pro-growth tax reform

US Sen. John Thune

My biggest priority for the remainder of the year will be sending the president a comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform package that helps middle-class South Dakotans who are struggling to make ends meet. According to a recent study, 50 percent of American voters consider themselves to be living paycheck to paycheck, and about one-third of them say they’re just $400 away from a financial crisis. To put it into perspective, it means these folks are one broken refrigerator or unexpected car repair away from a financial emergency. While it might seem small, $400 can go a long way for families in South Dakota.

Wed
13
Sep

The sad truth about sadness

By Richard P. Holm, MD

In my many years of caring for the sick, I have encountered several individuals caught in the joy starvation of depression. I have seen the resulting devastation affect not only the afflicted, but also those around them. For those 18 to 45 years of age, depression is the number one cause of disability, resulting in an estimated $200 billion of lost earnings per year. I stand aghast when the condition results in such helplessness that the patient chooses to escape life with suicide. There are about 40,000 deaths per year to suicide, which is approximately equal to the number of deaths caused by breast cancer. Despite a similar mortality rate, the money invested in depression research is about 1% of that spent studying breast cancer.

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