Commentary

Tue
03
Jul
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Future of IHS must be made a priority

I was having a health issue a few months back and I had an appointment at Native Women’s Health on Good Friday. When I pulled up, in pain, I thought to myself, this place looks closed, but I’m sure if they were closed they would not have scheduled appointments. So I checked the door; it was locked. I was so upset as I left, I drove past two other clinics on the way out and I thought to myself again, I wish I could afford good health care so I could just go in and get taken care of. Then I thought, imagine how our people feel and if I ever have the opportunity to change it, I will make it a priority. As a lawyer, we don’t set agendas, we don’t make decisions, we work for our client. The only way to use my lawyer skills supplemented with decision making power is to run for Council.

 

Tue
03
Jul
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Food tax should be cut

By Cathy Brechtelsbauer
S.D. Coordinator for
Bread for the World

For 14 years most South Dakotans have been paying higher tax on their groceries in order to make it possible for South Dakota to win its tax case in the Supreme Court.

How did this happen? The preparation for the state to collect sales tax on online sales caused a significant hike in the food tax. It did not cause a tax increase on anything else, only food.

Before 2003, South Dakota cities had been limited to 1% tax on food. Then, tax “streamlining” rules were needed in order to position the state to tax online sales. The new rules said each city may have only one sales tax rate, even though the rules allowed the state itself to have a lower rate on food, even zero tax.

 

Wed
27
Jun
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Supreme Court decision is win for states’ rights

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

It’s been a historic week for South Dakota. On Thursday, June 21, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ruling in our favor 5-4.

The case stemmed from a bill I signed into law in 2016 which requires online sellers without a physical presence in South Dakota to collect and remit sales tax. The law applies to online sellers with more than $100,000 in South Dakota sales or 200 or more transactions. Several companies, including Amazon, began voluntarily to comply after the law’s passage, while others objected based on the Quill decision issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Tariffs could cripple our newspapers

By US Senator Mike Rounds

Our local newspapers play an important role in educating the public and bringing communities together. They are the beating hearts of our towns and cities in South Dakota. We rely on them for updates on local news, wedding and birth announcements, sports, upcoming events and more. Newspapers, especially our local daily or weekly papers, keep us connected to our neighbors and our friends.

I recently met with the South Dakota Newspaper Association (SDNA) to talk about a serious issue that local papers are facing right now—tariffs on Canadian newsprint. During our meeting, SDNA Executive Director David Bordewyk and his colleagues stressed that these tariffs, which are climbing as high as 32 percent, would be devastating to South Dakota newspapers. Around 75 percent of newsprint used to print papers in the United States comes from Canada.

 

Wed
20
Jun
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Strengthening Tribes

By US Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

Much of South Dakota’s history is rooted in Indian Country, but sadly, many of the systems designed to help tribal members are failing. From healthcare to education to housing, those who live on reservations are struggling. In recent years, much of the attention has focused on the failing Indian Health Service (IHS). Federal watchdog reports have repeatedly documented shocking cases of mismanagement and poorly delivered care. Babies were born on bathroom floors with no doctor present.

Facilities were forced to wash surgical equipment by hand, due to broken sterilization machines. Medical personnel were coming to work with certifications that had lapsed. It is inhumane to provide this kind of “care.

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Thu
14
Jun
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Supporting the hometown newspaper

By Rep. Kristi Noem June 8, 2018

 

Chances are that if you are reading this, you subscribe to a local newspaper. Publications like this play an instrumental role in keeping communities strong and informed. Sadly, many are disappearing from our rural communities, making it increasingly difficult to stay connected with what’s happening within the local school system, around town, and around the state. The ever-increasing cost of production is one of the most common concerns South Dakota’s newspapers raise with me. In recent years, new tariffs on Canadian newsprint have increased paper prices by 20 to 30 percent. That’s significant. A paper that services around 20,000 customers, for instance, could see paper costs rise by about a quarter-million dollars annually, threatening the newspaper’s survival. As David Bordewyk, the Executive Director of the South Dakota Newspaper Association, told me: “I have already heard from

Wed
06
Jun
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We just couldn’t do without our local businesses

By Robert Slocum

Have you looked at the back page of this newspaper yet? There is an extremely important message there. Go ahead and check it out; I’ll wait

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So, what did you think?

That page was the first of a sixpart campaign we will be rolling out now through November. We will publish one full page color ad dedicated to boosting our local businesses each month for the next six months.

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Wed
06
Jun
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Some environmental markers

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Growing up on a farm, my sisters and I were raised to leave things better than we found them. This meant taking care of the land, planting trees, maintaining our barn and treating the animals well. We learned in order to enjoy something tomorrow we have to take care of it today.

Judging by the state of our environment, I’d bet a lot of South Dakotans were raised the same way. We’re fortunate to live in a place where we enjoy clean air and safe drinking water, and where we’re able to take advantage of renewables.

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Thu
31
May
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Art of Deception is full of twists and turns

By Michael Tidemann

Who doesn’t like a good mystery? Well, Brenda Donelan has written a great one. What’s particularly interesting about Donelan’s Art of Deception is that it’s set in South Dakota, Donelan’s life-long home. Donelan grew up on a Stanley County cattle ranch, attended South Dakota State University in Brookings and worked in Aberdeen as a probation officer and later as a college professor.

 

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Thu
31
May
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Enjoy your West River Summer

By Kathy Nelson

 

If you are reading this, that means our 2018 edition of West River Summer is in your hands. Whew! It’s the biggest issue we do all year, and one we’re proud of. It’s 32 pages that we hope will make your summer a little more enjoyable. We’ve been doing WRS for more than 20 years and we never run out of stories to tell and information to share.

The first story (p. 3A) is a good place to start. Angie Jones put it together from posts we collected from a question we put on our Facebook page. We asked readers to participate and they came up with some good answers to our question: What is something people don’t know about our area until they come here?

 

 

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