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Thu
18
Apr
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Why I feel sorry for Lori Loughlin’s daughters

GUEST COLUMN

Boy, do I feel sorry for Lori Loughlin’s daughters.

It’s been all over the news that Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get their two girls into the University of Southern California. The fellow they allegedly bribed is said to have helped them falsely identify the girls as USC crew recruits, helping them gain admission, even though neither girl had ever been part of a crew team.

Their story reminds me of a quote, source unknown, that has long stuck with me: “Surviving poverty is one thing, but surviving wealth?”

While much of the country cannot imagine having enough dough to be able to spend $500,000 to get their kids into an elite college, no small number of people do have such money to spend on such things. I feel sorry for parents who use their money to game the system for their kids, though they should know better - and even sorrier for their kids.

Thu
18
Apr
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Humanities and the physician

Prairie Doc

After 40 years as a doctor interacting with patients, in the last two and a half years the tables turned, and I’ve become the patient. Although most are good, I’ve found some doctors are detached, some are too quick, some would rather be somewhere else, some are even angry; but, when a physician who cares walks into the room, and I’m not exaggerating, the day becomes better, the pain becomes less, and hope fills my heart.

Scientific knowledge is important, but the ability to convey honest concern, human thoughtfulness and compassion is equal in importance in this healing profession. So, how do we select pre-med students for that, or teach compassion in medical school?

 

 

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Thu
11
Apr
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Americans not so good at STEM

What do most Americans know about science?

If a March 28 Pew Research Center poll is to be believed - not nearly enough. And at a time when knowledge and facts are under assault as they have not been in recent memory, that’s a problem.

On the upside, about eight in 10 respondents to the new Pew poll knew that increased resistance is one of the big concerns about the overuse of antibiotics. And more than threequarters know that an “incubation period” is the time when a person has an infection - but isn’t showing any visible signs of it.

But only about four in 10 people were able to correctly identify the main components of antacids. Those are “bases.” And I’ll admit, I’d forgotten that one.

Thu
04
Apr
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War advances medicine

A.P. Kalem said, “War is never a lasting solution for any problem.” However, is that statement completely true? War, through the ages, has brought great advances and solutions in medicine.

Perhaps the first innovation in medicine that evolved during warring times came with drilling holes through the boney skulls of warriors whose heads were smashed in by clubs. Once a hole was made, one could insert a finger and pull out the caved-in skull bone with the added benefit of providing an escape hole for bleeding, releasing pressure off the brain. There are museums that have 7,000-year-old skulls with healed over burr holes, and this treatment called trephination, is still done today.

Thu
04
Apr
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The Flavors of Life

Stray Thoughts

Have you ever seen a kid with an ice cream cone when the scoop falls off and onto the ground? There is an immediate feeling of loss, regret, and a sense that if only something had been done better, or differently, everything would be okay. But that is just ice cream. We tend to feel the same when we lose someone unexpectedly… like there was so much more left; there was much more goodness to be enjoyed. When something is good, savor it for all it is worth; hold on carefully, gently, for we may never enjoy the same flavor again.

 

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Thu
04
Apr
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Pain can be ally, educator

None of us want pain in our lives. We spend an enormous amount of time, energy and money trying to avoid it. And yet, have you ever considered that the pain you are experiencing could possibly be your greatest ally and educator?

This may sound strange, but if you think about it, all pain, be it psychological, emotional or physical, is pointing toward something which we need to change in our lives. If we can learn to be present with and curious about our pain, rather than running from it or ignoring it, we can discover a host of valuable information which can point us in a new direction.

Thu
28
Mar
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It’s undeniable areas of South Dakota need improved broadband access, but recent news reports about rural coverage don’t offer the full picture of all that’s happening to connect our citizens.

The South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) is made up of 18 local companies: 12 cooperatives, three municipals, two family-owned and one tribal-owned companies. These local businesses and SDN Communications collectively cover 76 percent of South Dakota’s geography and generate impressive broadband results.

 

 

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Thu
28
Mar
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New Medicare rule would reduce access to medications

The Trump administration is poised to undermine seniors’ access to lifesaving medications.

It recently proposed a rule that would weaken patient protections within Medicare’s Part D prescription drug benefit.

Part D drug plans are required to cover all drugs in six “protected classes” of medicines. This ensures that seniors have widespread access to drugs used to treat cancer, depression, HIV, and more.

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar
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No tribal flag in state capitol

Frazier to Governor:

CRST Chairman Harold Frazier issued the following statement regarding a proposal by Governor Kristi Noem to add tribal flags to the state capitol rotunda:

Another decision by you, Governor Kristi Noem, has been made without the consent of the Lakota people and has resulted in an embarrassing situation for the state. It is embarrassing because your actions and decision were done without our consent. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe stands in support of our relatives and says do not place our flag in your capitol until such a time as that place becomes our capitol.

Thu
21
Mar
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Journey to America the Great

Editor’s Note: Yankton, S.D., journalist Brian Hunhoff gave the keynote speech last Friday at a Sioux Falls naturalization ceremony for new citizens from 40 different countries. Following is an edited version of his remarks.

It’s one of the greatest honors of my life to be here with the 237 men and women completing the journey to this special day.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I was born on a farm 60 miles from here. That means my citizenship came easy. It was a birthright. The same is true of most U.S. citizens. Just six percent are naturalized. You took the path less traveled and became Americans the hard way.

 

 

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