Commentary

Wed
16
Aug

Distracted driving

By Seth Bendigo, Missouri Breaks Summer Intern

Every day in the United States nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. An auto accident can happen so quickly... for example a driver who is going fifty-five miles per hour, sending or reading a text will take their eyes off the road for about five seconds, which is long enough to drive the length of a football field. The three main types of distractions when driving are: visual/eyes off the road; manual/hands off the wheel; and cognitive/taking mind off of driving.

Wed
09
Aug

When to worry

By Richard P. Holm MD

When should one worry that he or she might be having a heart problem?

Sometimes there are no indications for trouble until very late in the game. On top of this, classic heart-problem symptoms can just as easily be due to something not heart-related, like an esophageal spasm or musculoskeletal strain. That said, there are clues for heart trouble that help us know when to seek help.

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Wed
09
Aug

In celebration of friends

By Jill Pertler

“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

National Friendship Day is August 6, but in my opinion every day should be a day to celebrate friends and the different types of friendships we have in our lives. From best friends all the way to acquaintances, I know I value mine.

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Wed
02
Aug

Changing One’s Mind

By Mark Peacock

I am a conservative man from a conservative state.

Being from this place and with my orientation being such, I grew up learning that anything which is different must be wrong.

Recently my small family and I returned from another state, where we met the most astounding people….truly.

 

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Wed
02
Aug

No better place to live and work

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

When people around the country think about South Dakota, the first image that comes to mind is probably Mount Rushmore. Though we’re proud to be the home of Gutzon Borglum’s masterpiece, the truth is that we are much more than the stone-carved presidential tribute. South Dakota is a great place to live and work.

First, we have a very low unemployment rate at 3 percent, compared to the national rate of 4.4 percent. We are a state of hard workers, and productivity of our workers is high. In fact, many multi-state employers with locations in South Dakota tell us their South Dakota location is their most productive.

 

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Wed
26
Jul

What are we celebrating?

By Kathy Nelson

 

Mark Peacock (See his “Stray Thoughts” on this page) says very well what most of us think about our small towns and our annual celebrations: “Celebrate the new and keep the old…”

 

We want to always have present and future things worthy of celebrating, not just nostalgic memories. A successful town has to build on what it has. The challenge is to keep moving forward.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Covered in dust, please let some rain fall on us

By Amanda Fanger

It’s pretty dry out there, but from what I gather, it’s dryer than what most are used to in the Day County area.

But from my point of view, farmers around here don’t even have a clue what real drought is. By comparison, I come from desert country.

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Wed
19
Jul

Good medicine

By Richard P. Holm, MD

The other day an 80 plus year old woman came into my office asking if she could get off some of her pills. “I take too many,” she said, and I agreed with her. We were able to consolidate her medications and reduce her total number of pills from 14 to only 4.

We live in a pill-taking society. Some of this probably comes from the human tendency to find an easier way to do things. If we have a choice between walking or riding to work, we will likely ride. Similarly, if we have a choice between exercising or taking a pill to lower our blood pressure, we will likely take the pill. A pill is easier than a lifestyle change, and pharmaceutical companies are all too willing to sell us more pills.

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Thu
13
Jul

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

Isn’t it amazing…and complementary, how many of those “out of control” ornery, disrespectful, d--- kids of their youth have matured to be such great assets to our community?

 

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Thu
13
Jul

A Community Conversation

Next Monday, July 17 the Topic and Timber Lake & Area Development will host a Community Conversation to talk about ideas for improving the community.

Everyone is welcome. Committee members will try to make personal contact with as many people as they can but please know that YOU are invited to come. We hope to pack the room.

 

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