Commentary

Wed
11
Apr
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Suicide: More funding needed for prevention

By The Most Reverend Robert D. Gruss, Bishop of Rapid City

Imagine coming home to discover that your child, perhaps a 12-year-old daughter or a 16-year-old son, has taken their own life. I can’t imagine such an experience. But too many parents across South Dakota have experienced this tragedy. Many priests and ministers serving in our communities agonize over the number of funerals resulting from suicide.

While it is true that Native American suicide rates in South Dakota are twice as high as the rate for white South Dakotans, it is important to remember that almost 80 percent of all suicide deaths in South Dakota are white. The reality is that South Dakota’s children and young adults (under age 24) of all races end their lives at double the rate of youth nationwide.

Wed
04
Apr
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Finding their voices: Kids have something to say

Molly Miller, a fifth grader at Timber Lake School, won second place in an essay contest sponsored by the Oahe Area Retired Teachers Assn. at Mobridge. The theme was grandparents. Molly is the daughter of Robi and Tony Miller of Isabel and granddaughter of Jerome and Nancy Miller of Isabel and Jerry Hulm of Rapid City.

Jerome Miller is an amazing grandpa. He’s funny and overall just a character. Jerome is a good person and a good choice for the AARP SD Grandparent of the Year. He is nice and kindhearted. He always wants to see how we, his family, are doing. I hope you enjoy learning about my Grandpa Jerome.

Thu
29
Mar
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Cost of health care

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Economists often explain high health care costs by comparing the selection of food at the grocery store when someone else is paying. The analogy still works but with a twist. Reported in a recent medical journal, Harvard researchers looked at health care spending here in the U.S. compared to the 10 next highest income countries of the world. They found that, in 2016, we spent almost 18% of our gross domestic product (GDP) on health care. Spending was much less for other countries, ranging from about 9.5% in Switzerland to 12.5% in Australia. That’s a significant difference!

Thu
29
Mar
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Finding your courage

By Jill Pertler

Courage n. 1. The mental strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty 2. The quality of being brave; valor.

I’m going to be bold and declare we’ve all got a fair amount of courage within us. But, like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, we may not recognize our own fearless nature because often in the midst of being courageous we feel anything but brave.

 

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Wed
21
Mar
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Bipartisan bill helps banks, communities

By Dave Rozenboom, President, First PREMIER Bank, Sioux Falls, and Chairman, South Dakota Bankers Association

Amid all the noise, bickering and partisanship in Washington, DC, something simple—and yet remarkable—just took place in the U.S. Senate. It’s something that everyone in South Dakota should know about and celebrate.

Wed
21
Mar
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The Universe and Me

By Mark Peacock

Sunshine poured through my window this morning, leaving no doubt in my mind it would be a good day. But on a trip to a nearby town, the sun decided to play hide and seek for the rest of the day, as the clouds, which were ready for spring, decided to take one more shot at winter. And what a shot it was…with my return trip spent searching for the centerline of the highway… a death grip on the steering wheel.

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Wed
14
Mar
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Citizens can’t participate if government is not open

By David Bordewyk
South Dakota Newspaper Association

A bill in the South Dakota Legislature that would require all official meetings of government boards and commissions to include time on their agendas for public comment is headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s desk. Legislators already OK’d it.

House Bill 1172 appears straightforward and may beg the question: why is it even necessary? A fair question to ask during this week, which is Sunshine Week, a national observance to shine a light on the public’s right to know about government and what government does.

A survey of newspaper editors and reporters across the state shows that while many government boards already include time on their meeting agendas for public comment, others do not. Often when the meeting topic or agenda item is controversial and there is a room full of people, the inclination may be to not allow public debate out of concern that the meeting will get out of hand.

Wed
14
Mar
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2018 legislative session wraps up

Senate Minority Leader
Billie H. Sutton

The last week of the 93rd Legislative Session has concluded, and veto day on March 26 is the only day remaining.

It's been an honor to serve as the Senate Minority Leader for the past couple terms, and it’s bittersweet to see my time in the Senate come to an end. It's been a long week of good-byes to the many people who have helped make my time as a legislator successful and meaningful. It's also been a culminating week where all the ideas and values we've professed all session must be reconciled to create a budget we can agree on.

 

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Thu
08
Mar
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Now is the time to scan old photos

Tyrades By Danny Tyree

For most of my adult life, I kicked myself because I had carried a one-ofa- kind childhood photo (featuring me, my brother and our cousins) in my wallet until the snapshot disintegrated. Thankfully, I recently discovered that my mother possesses a different photo from that same family picnic, but the close call still lit a fire under me to stop procrastinating about using my flatbed scanner to digitize the treasure trove of photographs and newspaper clippings that my mother has been digging out of trunks, boxes, albums and dresser drawers.

Millions of people have joined the preservation movement but much scanning remains to be done worldwide.

 

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Thu
08
Mar
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It had a hold on me

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Years ago, in another state, a physician-friend of mine became addicted to opioids, also known as narcotics. She was one of the smartest doctors I knew: ethically based, raised in a loving family, had children and a spouse. I think it started with a sports injury and pain medicine. Eventually she was divorced, which likely had something to do with her addiction. She said the opioid had a hold on her, and she just couldn’t stop. Years later she told me that it wasn’t difficult to acquire the prescription medicines, but somebody must have been watching, because she was caught after three years with an accelerating need for higher doses.

 

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