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Thu
11
Jul
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Government response to humanitarian crisis is shameful and immoral

Is our government so broken that it cannot protect children in its custody? Will Congress and the President leave for their summer vacation while the situation at detention centers on our southern border worsens?

Even the government itself recognizes the problems of detaining large numbers of immigrant children and families in facilities that cannot care for them. A Management Alert from Acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states, “DHS needs to address dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley.” The alert also says, “We encourage the DHS to take immediate steps.” Costello posted the alert to Congress and to the public at www.oig.dhs.gov.

Thu
11
Jul
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Congress should cap Medicare out-ofpocket drug costs

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers recently unveiled a bill that would cap Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket drug costs.

That’s a terrific idea. High out-of-pocket costs prevent many Medicare patients from accessing vital medicines. Limiting those costs would keep folks healthy. And in the long run, the reform could generate savings for our nation’s health system.

Medicare’s “Part D” drug benefit is different from other entitlements. Rather than administer benefits directly, the government subsidizes Part D plans sold by private insurers. Insurers are largely free to design Part D plans as they see fit, as long as the plans meet certain requirements. Insurers compete for beneficiaries’ business by offering a variety of plans with different premiums and cost-sharing structures.

Thu
04
Jul
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What We Declare

Stray Thoughts

Thu
04
Jul
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New law addresses open meetings

South Dakota has made some improvements to its laws to make government meetings and records more open to the public in recent years but some areas of confusion remain. A couple of those things were addressed in Senate Bill 91, passed by the State Legislature earlier this year and became law on July 1.

The bill (now law) clarified the question of what happens when a quorum (a majority of members) of a public body is invited to an event or meeting where the public body does not control the agenda and where public policy may be discussed. An example may be a chamber of commerce event where the city council has been invited to attend and the event may or may not include discussion about city-related issues. In the past, there has been confusion as to whether or not the city council should post an official meeting agenda in this instance if they know that a majority of its members will be in attendance.

 

Thu
27
Jun
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Misery to Miracle

Some think that the scourge of smallpox was present around 12,000 years ago; however, we know for sure it was here 3000 years ago as it was found on the face of an Egyptian Pharaoh mummy.

We know that it caused many large and devastating epidemics, killing about 35 percent of infected adults and 80 percent of infected children. Even during the 20th century, smallpox still resulted in 300-500 million deaths world-wide.

Pictures of people suffering from this miserable viral illness show skin of face and body breaking out with dime-sized firm white or red blisters. People also commonly developed fevers, vomiting, spread of blisters into mouth and eyes, and too often came to a wretched and miserable death. If one survived, the common facial pox scars could be extremely disfiguring and sometimes affected the cornea of eyes, causing blindness.

Thu
20
Jun
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A Prayer for Aging

Prairie Doc

Nothing has touched my soul and spoken to aging with grace quite like the ancient Indian medicine wheel and the traditions that have evolved from it. From the National Library of Medicine, I learned that in the Americas, Indian tribes have multiple interpretations of the four directions, but the following prayer is my own, geriatrician’s interpretation of a version from the book Black Elk Speaks and Oyate (Nakota, Dakota, Lakota) tradition.

First, we get down on our knees and feel the soil, the sacred Mother Earth, bringing the world around us, the animals, plants, prairies, lakes, mountains, the environment of our planet from where all food and sustenance comes. Earth is foundation. Then we stand up on our tiptoes, and raise our arms to sacred Father Sky, the sun, stars, clouds, rain, wind, air and breath of life, light and dark; from where all energy flows and ebbs. Sky is infinity. Earth and sky, the beginning and the end.

Thu
13
Jun
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Prairie Doc Amazing medicine reverses aging

I bet I hear it once a week, “It’s hell to grow old!”

Of course, growing old is something we all will do, unless we die first. Alas, the future can look quite sad and depressing, especially if you think about the flab, falls, pain, blues, anxiety, thin bones, loss of libido, weakness, and memory loss that can come with aging.

But wait! Listen to the exciting news. Just out, there is a powerful potion that can prevent the aging process. That’s right…guaranteed to slow aging.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun
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Thanks to those who served, sacrificed

LETTER

To the editor:

Last Thursday, June 6, was the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. There was much coverage of the event nationally, and though I am a week late, I feel it is important that it be remembered and honored locally as well.

Thu
06
Jun
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Refresh, recharge, rethink

EDITOR’S COLUMN

Refresh, recharge, rethink. That’s part of what a gathering of any professional group can offer. So it is with newspaper people.

Bob and I spent a couple days with colleagues at the joint convention of the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the North Dakota Newspaper Association last week. On alternate years we have a joint meeting, and the other years we each have our own convention.

Thu
06
Jun
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Listening for God

Prairie Doc

How do any of us cope with the catastrophes of life? Years ago, a couple faced the tragedy of an accidental death of their only young child. Even though most marriages don’t survive such an insult, this one did. Between the woman and man, there was love, forgiveness, and plenty of help from the people of their church. The people of the congregation, like the wings of a mother hen, surrounded the couple with support, comfort, and warmth.

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