Commentary

Thu
06
Feb
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A challenge to Isabel residents: fill our town board

EDITORIAL

Most folks have heard the old adage that people get the government they deserve.

This may be become truer and truer the further away from the bloated and corrupt federal bureaucracy one gets. At the state level, 40 days of toiling by the legislature in Pierre leads to new laws that take effect months later. County and municipal officials’ work at monthly meetings yields even more immediate results.

Indeed, there is no excuse to be chronically unhappy with local government when one can easily participate in its improvement.

This is especially true in the town of Isabel, where not one but two board seats are open. The seats have been open for a long time. More than a year. We need somebody -- anybody -- to step up and fill these vital roles in our community. It is a situation that has gone from worrisome to downright desperate.

 

 

 

Thu
30
Jan
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Reactivity is a habit worth breaking

COLUMN

Most of us were never taught healthy relationship skills. What we do know, we generally learned from the School of Life at the cost of heartbreak, pain and disconnection. Because we’ve never known anything different, yelling, blaming, guilttripping and stonewalling might even feel like normal methods of trying to get our needs met. And yet, how often do these reactive methods really help more than they really hurt?

Thu
23
Jan
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It’s not about the tree…but

Stray Thoughts

Thu
23
Jan
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Sen. Wismer responds to Governor’s budget

In her position as an executive, rather than a legislator, the Governor is the steward of our state government, responsible for seeing that it meets its legal obligations. So I was disheartened to hear during the Governor’s budget address that she was proposing a budget with a zero percent increase for K-12 education, in spite of the state law that provides for inflationary increases. If the administration really understood the economics of South Dakota, I think the responsible position for an executive is to advocate for revenue to replace the $20 million of internet access sales tax that Congressional action took away from the state budget, rather than gloat about a tax cut while not meeting our obligations.

Thu
23
Jan
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Governor names priorities in State of the State Address

I grew up with a Dad who dreamed of all four of his kids being able to stay on the family ranch if they wanted to. My vision for South Dakota is the same. We must ensure that every South Dakotan can build their life here and make a good living, so they can provide for their families and maintain our traditions and way of life. This is why I am committed to four pillars of protection for South Dakotans: keeping taxes low, limiting government regulation, fighting government intrusion, and keeping government open and honest.

With a year under our belt, I’m proud to stand before you and say we accomplished a lot in 2019, and we did it all without raising taxes and without spending more than we took in. And unlike Illinois, New York, and many other states, we are seeing a net increase in our population. Why? Because Americans are looking for the opportunities that present themselves in states that encourage self-government like we do here in South Dakota.

Thu
16
Jan
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Four guardrails: A path for decriminalizing industrial hemp

Over the last year, we’ve had a long conversation about industrial hemp. I’ve been grateful to talk with folks about the topic and hear different perspectives at town halls, coffee shops, basketball games, and everywhere in between.

And I’ve been outspoken that I don’t think it’s a good idea.

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Thu
16
Jan
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The ‘Stop Doing List’ for communities

GUEST COLUMN

Have you ever experienced a time when you could envision what needs to happen but had no idea what to stop doing in order to reach the point of success?

Thu
09
Jan
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Stray Thoughts: 2020 Hindsight

As I was driving home with my family from church the other day, I suddenly had the uncontrollable urge to stop the car. I did, and my kids and I hopped out and right there by the side of the road, and in a huge, beautiful snowdrift we made three wonderful snow angels.

Why?

Why not?

I wanted to leave behind a vision of beauty, and I wanted to share that moment with my children and my wife. But as we leave 2019, we need not leave everything behind. I will keep my:

• impulsive, whimsical side that I share with my family.

• dedication to writing about people and events

 

 

 

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Thu
09
Jan
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Oh, the places our paper goes

Oh, the places our paper goes

Robert Slocum, Publisher

Most Wednesday mornings, it’s my pleasure to drive up to Mobridge and retrieve the newspaper. Once back at Topic HQ, we sort and label the papers to prepare them to mail.

One thing that always strikes me as we complete this task is the people and places our newspaper travels to. I see familiar names and strangers alike on our mailing list. The bulk of it stays in South Dakota and much of that is our base of local readers; the names and faces who fill our pages.

Our out of state subscribers are interesting to consider. I ponder them as I peel, stick, flip the labels. I see family ties. Folks who moved away but still love it back home. College kids. Former residents and probably future residents.

It’s pretty cool taking a look at the whole thing and seeing all the places the Topic goes.

 

 

 

 

Thu
09
Jan
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Why are nursing homes closing?

Prairie Doc

During one of our weekly hospice meetings, the discussion turned to the burden of finding an opening in a facility for one of our patients. Mr. A belongs to the working-poor segment of our society, just above official levels of poverty and yet he cannot afford health insurance and primary care, let alone the private cost of an assisted living center or nursing home.

Our patient is still living at home, has no family support and is in trouble. His progressive cancer has caused an inability even to do activities of daily living such as bowel and bladder care. He now only has Medicaid and his hospice nurse and social worker is not able to find an assisted living center or a nursing home that will take him in.

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