Commentary

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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Wed
05
Jul

Misery to Miracles

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Miracles still happen

Some think that the scourge of smallpox was present around 12,000 years ago. We have proof it was here 3000 years ago, as it was found on the face of a mummified Egyptian Pharaoh. We know that it caused many large and devastating epidemics, killing about 35% of infected adults and 80% of infected children. Even during the 20th century, smallpox still resulted in 300-500 million deaths worldwide.

 

Wed
28
Jun

Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

Wed
21
Jun

Stand up, help out, make the call

We hear time and again from local law enforcement people that prevention is the key to community safety. Although they will answer every call when something has happened, they would prefer to hear from the public when there’s still a chance to prevent something awful from occurring.

Two recent cases illustrate this point. A few weeks ago a vehicle crashed into a dumpster and rolled over on the south end of Timber Lake’s Main Street. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. Both occupants were seriously injured but it’s a miracle that no one else was injured or killed, as there are usually children riding bikes and playing in that street. The speed limit is posted at 15 mph. It was estimated the car was going 60.

AFTER the accident, local law enforcement officers heard that several people had seen the vehicle speeding through town but no one reported anything to them. Everybody probably thought someone else did.

 

Wed
21
Jun

The joy of worrying

By Jill Pertler 

I used to live a carefree life. I didn’t worry about the future or wars or the economy. I drove on sketchy roads up mountains and even climbed those mountains on occasion. I spent too much money on impractical shoes. I ordered my chili extra spicy and wore white after Labor Day. I rode a bike without a helmet and drove a car without a seat belt. I ate fast food and drank sloe gin. I held snakes, dined on sushi and rode roller coasters with both hands in the air. And then everything changed.

I had kids. Four of them to be exact.

Oh sure, kids bring love and liveliness and spirit and stickiness to your life. They make you think and rethink everything. They also cause you to pay attention to words like safety, security, practical, pragmatic, logical and legal. They add fun and take it away all at the same time. They turn you into a grown up.

 

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