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Wed
14
Nov
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Celebrating American Education Week

By Interim Secretary of Education Mary Stadick Smith

Wed
07
Nov
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Veterans Day: Is it enough?

By Danny Tyree

 

“What have you done for us lately?” I don’t think the average American military veteran has the time or the temperament to spend 51 weeks a year asking such a question, but a reasonable person could hardly blame him if he did.

Wed
31
Oct
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Sutton would be good for South Dakota

One-party dominance does not necessarily result in the best governance and this year Democrat Billie Sutton offers an opportunity to put some balance into South Dakota’s state government. From his position as the minority leader in the Senate, Sutton has had to work with

Republicans. He knows the legislators, the departments of state government, the budget, and the challenges facing the state and can hit the ground running when elected. It’s an advantage for us that he has been in Pierre the past eight years while his opponent has been in Washington.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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Caregivers receive more than they give

By Richard P. Holm, MD

It was a number of years ago and I was working in the emergency room when a severely compromised 20-year-old woman with cerebral palsy came in battling a lung infection. She was moderately mentally handicapped and had muscle spasticity of all her muscles, which hampered her ability to cough and clean out her lungs. This was not her first time with pneumonia, and it wouldn’t be her last.

What was most remarkable about her situation was the love and support she had from her entire family, not just mom and dad. Her three siblings were also part of this wonderful caregiving team. They joked with her, encouraged her, reassured her, and loved her. It was beautiful to see. The story turns sad as eventually, months later, the patient succumbed to an infection despite aggressive treatment. However, the compassion and joy I saw that day, like rays of light emanating out of her caregivers, left me happy inside.

 

Wed
24
Oct
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Leaving it better than you found it

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Over the past few months, Linda and I have been getting ready to turn the Governor’s Mansion over to its next occupants. We’ve been working with state maintenance crews to replace light bulbs, repaint rooms, clean out the drains, and make other small improvements. The Mansion is just like any other house – over time, small projects like these accumulate. We want to get these projects done now, so the home is in great shape for its next occupants.

Wed
17
Oct
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Amendment W is wrong for South Dakota

Nathan Sanderson, Executive Director South Dakota Retailers Assn., Pierre, SD

We South Dakotans pride ourselves on our independence and common sense. We don’t spend money without good cause. We don’t create unnecessary bureaucracy. We don’t allow other states to dictate how we run our own. And that’s why we should vote No on Constitutional Amendment W.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment W seeks to add 3,329 words to the South Dakota Constitution. That’s nearly 8 pages of new text to the founding document of our state. It would create a new, fourth branch of government that is not elected by the people.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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South Dakota’s 100th pheasant season

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

October in South Dakota is a glorious month. I love the crisp mornings, chilly evenings and weekend sounds of marching bands in homecoming parades. And I truly love the annual gathering of family and friends for pheasant season, the best fall classic of them all.

When I was a boy hunting with my dad or my school friends, the sharp cackle of a rooster pheasant flushed from fireweed along a fence row or from a strip of unharvested corn or milo set my heart pumping. All these years later that unmistakable sound still has that effect. The tradition of fall pheasant hunting may not be unique to South Dakota, but I’m convinced we do it better than anybody else. But, then, we should. We’ve been doing it for a century now.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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The root of suffering

By Angie Jones

It has been said that pain and suffering are a part of the human condition. While it may be true that pain is inevitable, the degree to which we have to suffer because of it is largely within our own control.

That may seem a surprising statement, but if you think about it, it’s true especially regarding the subject of mental suffering. Anger, frustration, anxiety, insecurity, jealousy, depression, fear, sadness, worry and a thousand other difficult to handle emotions are all a form of mental suffering. We have all experienced this kind of suffering, as well as the negative impact it has on our lives when we allow ourselves to stay locked in that cycle of thinking.

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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IM #24: Out of state contributions

Editor’s Note: South Dakotans will vote on five ballot questions in the November 6 general election. One of them, Initiated Measure 24, would prohibit contributions to ballot question committees by non-residents, out-ofstate political committees, and entities that are not filed with the Secretary of State. The following explanation and pros and cons of IM #24 are provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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Pros and cons of IM#25 - tobacco tax

Editor’s note: South Dakotans will vote on five ballot issues in the Nov. 6 general election. One of them, Initiated Measure 25, would increase the tobacco tax and create a fund for the purposes of lowering student tuition and providing financial support to the postsecondary technical institutes. The following explanation and pros and cons of IM#25 are from the Secretary of State’s office.

Attorney General Explanation of Initiated Measure 25

This measure increases the State tax on tobacco products sold in the state. The tax on packs containing 20 cigarettes would increase $1.00 per pack, and 25-cigarette packs would increase $1.25 per pack. Tax on other types of tobacco products such as cigars, roll-your-own, and chewing tobacco would change from the current rate (35% of the wholesale price) and be increased to 55% of the wholesale price.

 

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