Commentary

Thu
11
May

The American Dream

By Mark Peacock

Ahh…the American Dream.

Many are those who wait and pray for it to arrive but who won’t get off the couch to let it in if it does… too much work without a guarantee, you see.

Disguised as effort, as it often is, many would never recognize or let it into their home in the first place.

 

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Thu
11
May

Controlling health care costs

By Richard P. Holm, MD

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called the ACA or Obamacare, could have been named the “Access and Cost Act.” It was successful in “protecting patients” by guaranteeing access. . . making insurance available for more than 20 million people who were not able to get insurance prior to the ACA. The second part of the name, “affordable care,” referring to cost, has not been as successful, however.

Politicians have said, and this is correct, “Since the ACA was implemented, increases in health spending have slowed.” Personally, I do not find this statement reassuring, when looking at the enormous cost of health care in the United States. We spend $3.2 trillion per year for health care, which is twice the average cost per person of the next ten most expensive countries and more than five times the outrageous $600 billion we spend per year on the defense budget.

 

Wed
03
May

Listening for God

By Richard P. Holm, MD

How do any of us cope with the catastrophes of life? Years ago, a couple faced the tragedy of an accidental death of their young, only child. Even though most marriages don’t survive such an insult, this one did. Between that woman and man, there was love, forgiveness, and the Church. The people of the congregation, like the wings of a mother hen, surrounded the couple with support, comfort, and warmth.

Some critics of organized religion say that we are hard-wired to believe in God. They say that it explains why religion exists but not why God exists. They point out that no society has survived more than three generations without a religious foundation including belief in prayer, the afterlife, and ritual, but just because we need God, doesn’t mean God exists.

Wed
03
May

Making good choices behind the wheel

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Traffic fatalities are a recurring headline. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t read another story, hear a radio report or see the terrible images on television.

The good news is the numbers indicate a decrease of traffic fatalities in South Dakota. In 2016, there were 115 fatal vehicle crashes. That is the lowest total since 2011 and the second lowest of all time.

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Wed
26
Apr

Some of us don’t follow the rules of the road

By Jill Pertler

I’ve never claimed to be a great driver. Good, perhaps. Careful, for sure. My family would tell you I am cautious – sometimes to the point of being jumpy at the wheel. By jumpy I mean on the lookout for surprises, aka accidents waiting to happen. Pedestrians who come out of nowhere. Squirrels darting across the street.

Dogs without leashes. And cars. Mostly other cars. I have trust issues with other cars, or more specifically the drivers of those cars. You can’t count on them to see you or follow the rules of the road. Many are looking at phones. Everyone knows you shouldn’t text and drive but I see it all the time. Hence my caution and predisposition to brake first and ask question later. Defensive driving 101 – I practically invented the topic.

 

 

Wed
26
Apr

The power of the arts: One South Dakotan’s story

By Jim Speirs Executive Director Arts South Dakota

 

As I think about the deep and lasting impact of the National Endowment   the Arts (NEA) and South Dakota Arts Council in our state, friend and fellow musician Jami Lynn immediately comes to mind. I’ve worked with Jami on many occasions and she has often talked about her love of being a South Dakotan and joy in sharing her art “at home.

” Folk singer/songwriter Jami Lynn Buttke first gained an appreciation   music in a small South Dakota elementary school. Today she is a professional per mer of bluegrass and folk music, and brings her exuberance and musical talent into state classrooms as a roster artist with the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artists in Schools & Communities program. She believes in the power of the arts because of her own story of discovery

 

Wed
19
Apr

Know the source of your news

By Amanda Fanger

To this day, I have a hard time eating eggs from a grocery store or at a restaurant. It’s probably just a mental thing, but I think it’s partly because I grew up gathering my breakfast food from directly beneath the laying hen. Nothing beats farm fresh. For me, it’s the same with any sort of produce.

It’s just better when I know where it comes from, when I can trust its source. Lately, a buzz term becoming fairly popular that is driving me insane because of its direct relation to my industry is fake news. For the way this term has become such a hot topic, you’d think it was something new. But it’s not. The reality is, fake news has been around since the dawn of time.

 

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Wed
19
Apr

Slices of Life: ‘We’ve got a lot of stuff’

By Jill Pertler

My husband and I recently took on the task of refinishing the wood floors in three rooms that constitute our downstairs living areas – family room, dining room and miscellaneous room. (We’re not sure what to call it. Some days it’s the sunroom, other days the napping room. Right now, if I am being honest, it is the gaming room.) I digress. Aside from being a ton of work (we were sore in places we didn’t even know we had) the big floor plan necessitated removing everything (and I mean everything) from the three spaces. In the process I was reminded of one semi-embarrassing truth (aside from the fact we have an entire room dedicated to gaming): We’ve got a lot of stuff. It happens to the best of us.

Wed
12
Apr

Stewardship of State Pensions

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

South Dakotans are not afraid to do things differently when different means a better way. “Different” defines how we have been running our state’s retirement system.

Many other state retirement systems are struggling with large unfunded liabilities. New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded by S&P recently due to its “large and growing unfunded pension liability.” Similarly, Illinois was downgraded by Fitch from BBB+ to BBB, partly because of ballooning pension problems.

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Wed
12
Apr

New Life

By Mark Peacock

Have you reached that point yet when you’re not in control?

When your age and your cynicism have taken their toll?

When all that you’ve had and all that you’ve done all add up to nothing and you’re back at step one?

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