Commentary

Wed
21
Dec

A Christmas reminder

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Thu
15
Dec

Lower tax collections lead to lean budget

By Dana Hess

Gov. Dennis Daugaard presented a lean budget proposal to legislators on December 6, holding the line on spending due to sales tax collections that are projected to be lower than expected. The $1.62 billion general fund budget for fiscal year 2018 includes one percent increases for education, health care providers and state employees. The budget includes about $20 million in general fund spending increases.

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Thu
15
Dec

An overview of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

The week of the annual Budget Address is always a busy time in the Capitol Building, and this year is no exception. The halls are filled with Christmas trees and with hundreds of visitors who come to see them. We also welcome newly-elected legislators, incumbents, and those whose legislative service is ending, to discuss the state budget for the upcoming year. After the address, I travel to different parts of the state for my budget tour where I lay out the good news and the bad news of South Dakota’s economy. The news came as no surprise to those who attended Tuesday’s Budget Address. Our state’s revenue for the first several months of the current fiscal year has fallen short of projections, in large part because of lower sales tax collections. Recent revenue weakness is a problem many other states share.

Wed
07
Dec

One nation, under God

By Amanda Fanger
 
Ok America. Our next president has been elected and not everyone is happy about it. I’m not exactly thrilled; the lesser of two evils in my mind. But can we all try to be civil about this? Ours is a country divided at the moment, polarized by the extreme campaigning tactics of both major political parties. The days following the Nov. 8 General Election have made the dissension of our country clearer than ever. But you know who can fix it? You and me.
 
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Wed
30
Nov

Grand Theater

By Mark Peacock
 
I am reminded that anticipation in all its forms can be both beautiful and cruel as I glance out the window yet again to see the storm still waiting on the horizon. I think this anxiousness, this build-up, is from of old; an artifact from a time when we gathered and hunted, now firmly encapsulated into our DNA, when the cycles of nature were very much players, antagonists, in our daily struggle to survive. Now we check the window dozens of times, check Facebook, check live web cameras, and check television news to see exactly when what we could never have predicted accurately in our long and storm-filled history
 
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Wed
30
Nov

Slices of Life: Oh topiary, oh topiary

By Jill Pertler
 
Each year at about this time I find myself face to face with an issue. It has to do with one aspect of the holidays. In two words – the tree. I can’t get behind the idea of the tree and my lack of spirit makes me feel downright Grinchy. I don’t want to have a tiny, shrunken heart. I want to participate in the magic and miracles of the season. I want to drink eggnog. I want to be enthused about a tree in my living room. I really do. But I’m not. Something must be wrong with me. I can see the magic of the season in other aspects. I love shopping for gifts. I love the Christmas story and holiday music.
 
 
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Wed
23
Nov

Stray Thoughts

By Mark Peacock

Luck

I have always considered double-yolk eggs to be lucky, at least as lucky as finding money in an old pair of jeans, and much luckier than horseshoes or rabbit’s feet; shoes which apparently the horse had grown tired of, and feet which proved none-too-lucky for the rabbit. Still, I delight in cracking open an egg and seeing a pair where only one should be. Interestingly enough, I have had multiple multiples… double eggs two or three times in a row; uncommon, but not unheard of in the scheme of things.

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Wed
23
Nov

Thanksgiving: Have an attitude of gratitude

By Bryan Golden

Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on, and be thankful for, all of the good things you have. It's important to be grateful, not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day. Rather than lamenting what you feel is lacking in your life, begin each new day by developing an attitude of gratitude. Take inventory of your blessings and you will be surprised at just how much you have to be thankful for. If you have enough to eat, a place to live, a way to get around, people who care about you, or people you care about, then you are wealthy. If you lack any of these elements, you must still be grateful for what you do have, while striving to obtain whatever is absent.

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Wed
16
Nov

Slices of Life: Becoming a citizen

By Jill Pertler

We are all citizens – of various entities: a classroom, workplace, family, neighborhood, world and the nation. We are a country made up largely of immigrants. Unless you are of Native American heritage, chances are your forefathers and foremothers came to the United States in search of the opportunity for a new life in a new land as citizens of the United States.

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Thu
10
Nov

LETTER

Dear editor, I must say I felt slighted after reading the article on Cross Country in your Oct. 27 edition. My name is John Heck and would like to go back one more year to the fall of 1962. I was a senior at Timber Lake High and was introduced to the sport by then coach Bill Adney.

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