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Thu
20
Dec
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Tradition

I don’t feel the spirit of Christmas in Walmart.

Sure, the music is playing from the ceiling speakers overhead and there are thousands of brightly colored boxes on shelves for nearly every conceivable need, wish, and want for anyone, from three to one hundred and three… but all of this has me thinking of the old times and wondering if the real Christmas still exists out there.

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Thu
06
Dec
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President Bush’s thousand points of light

“A thousand points of light.” The phrase was used by George H.W. Bush in his speech accepting the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans. Written for Bush by Peggy Noonan and Craig R. Smith, the address likened America's clubs and volunteer organizations to “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”

He repeated the phrase in his inaugural address on January 20, 1989:

 

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Thu
29
Nov
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Making progress on teacher pay

Guest column

As I enter my final weeks as governor, many people are asking me to reflect on my time in office. I’m not a person who worries much about a “legacy.” I just hope that I have left things a little better than I found them. It is hard, though, not to reminisce about the events of the last eight years. One memory of which I’m very proud is the progress we made on teacher pay.

It certainly didn’t look like this would be possible when I came into office in 2011. At that time, South Dakota was still feeling the effects of the Great Recession. For two years, federal stimulus funds had delayed the need for budget cuts. As I took office, though, those funds had reached their end, and my first budget proposal included ten percent cuts. In the end, a mechanism was found to ease the K-12 education cut to about eight percent.

 

Thu
22
Nov
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Thanksgiving: A special day to share with family and friends

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Back on the farm, we had a big dining room table that sat against one wall most of the year.

On Thanksgiving, Dad pulled that table out into the middle of the room. Mom covered it with the good tablecloth and set the good dishes. She crowded every square inch of the table’s surface with turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, a real feast for our family to share after we gave thanks for the blessings we had enjoyed during the past year.

I’ll never forget how the aroma of fresh-baked pie and roast turkey wafted through the house. Whenever I think of Thanksgiving, I remember the warmth and coziness created by the sight and smells of Mom’s cooking. And I remember how happy I was to have that special day to share with my parents, my two sisters, and sometimes other family members.

 

Thu
22
Nov
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Good humor has a place in our politics

By Tom Purcell

Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.

During 1984’s second debate between President Reagan and Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, moderators rightfully asked Reagan, then 73, if he had enough stamina to carry out his duties. Reagan answered, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

Nearly everyone, even Mondale, laughed. Reagan’s humor reassured America that he had his wits about him. He defeated Mondale in a landslide.

 

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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.

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