Commentary

Wed
16
Nov
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Slices of Life: Becoming a citizen

By Jill Pertler

We are all citizens – of various entities: a classroom, workplace, family, neighborhood, world and the nation. We are a country made up largely of immigrants. Unless you are of Native American heritage, chances are your forefathers and foremothers came to the United States in search of the opportunity for a new life in a new land as citizens of the United States.

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Thu
10
Nov
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LETTER

Dear editor, I must say I felt slighted after reading the article on Cross Country in your Oct. 27 edition. My name is John Heck and would like to go back one more year to the fall of 1962. I was a senior at Timber Lake High and was introduced to the sport by then coach Bill Adney.

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Wed
02
Nov
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Deciding how to vote can be hard work

By Kathy Nelson

I guess you could say voting is easy. You just check the little boxes on the ballot and you’re done! It takes only a few minutes. That’s easy compared to changing a tire or making lasagna or keeping up with a three-year-old for a day. But making the right decisions before you mark that ballot — well, that’s not so easy. There is commitment involved. What if someone wins or loses or something passes or fails because of your ONE vote? That’s reason enough to take it seriously and put in the effort to do it right. Besides, we all want to say “Don’t blame me” if our candidate or issue fails and things don’t work out.

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Wed
02
Nov
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The New Rite of Passage

By Mark Peacock

Throughout the course of history, when the young came of age, they had to collectively and individually prepare themselves for a rite of passage, something they had to say or do or endure in order to transition to adulthood. These rites were tests of strength, of skill, of coordination, of mental and physical stamina, of endurance; they were feats designed to test their mettle as well as their character.

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Wed
26
Oct
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“America the Beautiful”

By Jill Pertler

It’s been quite a campaign season so far. The election. The debates. The issues and non-issues that somehow become issues nonetheless. It can be overwhelming. And disheartening – for me, at least. The negativity and accusations and misinformation and misrepresentation and name-calling and scandals could be enough to discourage and dispirit a regular American – or at least cause her to consider a vacation from social media. I am a regular American and I was feeling it. I noticed last week. The non-congenial atmosphere online, on-screen, on-air and everywhere in between was getting to me in a not-so-good way. I didn’t like that I was falling prey to it.

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Wed
19
Oct
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:

I stand in opposition to Constitutional Amendment V, which will be on the ballot in November. Amendment V gives politicians the constitutional right to hide party affiliation from South Dakotans. Amendment V takes party registration information away from voters when they vote, making our ballot less transparent and turning it into a HIDDEN primary. Most of the money raised by Amendment V came from out-of state and the single biggest donor is an organization from New York City.

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Wed
05
Oct
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Our stories have power

By Amanda Fanger

Reporter & Farmer, Webster If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s that every single person has a story. And I mean everyone. I feel blessed to be able to tell the stories of those around me through my career but so often come across people who don’t want to tell their tale. Personally, I feel those individuals rob the world of a service. You should be willing to own who you are and all that’s happened to you. With that said, it’s come to my attention recently that there are many readers who don’t fully know my story or how come I came to be a journalist. I often write about how I was home schooled and about how I did not go to college, but I don’t know if I’ve ever told all the details of how I became a journalist.

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Wed
28
Sep
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Outdoor biffies: Memories made here

By Jack Bickel

Wed
28
Sep
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The Smoking Gun

By Richard P. Holm

Mr. C, a 56-year-old fellow, came into my office because he was experiencing shortness of breath with any exertion and was hoping we could fix it. He admitted that he has been smoking about one-and-a-half-packs a day for 40 years, and lately he’s been trying to cut down. Multiplying 40 times one-and-a-half gives him a 60-pack-year history of smoking, which is a lot. Also he’s inhaled a lot of hog and hay dust over all these years.

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Wed
21
Sep
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Tomato Christmas and rural health

By Richard P. Holm MD

Our eldest son, who now lives in Brooklyn, NY, recently came home to South Dakota talking about how he “loves how he can see the stars and the Milky Way in the night sky, the morning tangerine sun rising in the east, and the space and lack of congestion in shelter-belted houses surrounded by fields of abundant crops, separating the miles between small towns.” Home-grown tomatoes here have even prompted him to deem August in South Dakota as “Tomato Christmas.” “It is so different than life in the city,” he says.

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