Commentary

Wed
28
Feb
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Protecting Free and Fair Elections

By U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)

Free and fair elections are a vital part of our democracy. Being able to cast a ballot, beginning at the age of 18, gives us a voice in the decisions being made at all levels of government. With the U.S. midterm elections coming up in November, it’s important to uphold our democratic election process by preventing interference from outside actors.

In the 2016 election, there was clear evidence that Russia attempted to undermine our elections by hacking political entities and manipulating social media platforms to spread misinformation, or ‘fake news.’ While there is no evidence that the Russians were effective in manipulating the outcome of the 2016 election, their attempts served as a wake-up call to our cyber vulnerabilities.

 

Wed
28
Feb
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How to live long

By Richard P. Holm, MD

A college friend of mine recently had a heart attack and I found myself in an email conversation with my buddies, talking about his condition and reflecting about our own wellness. I recently read that only 20% of our potential lifespan is determined by genetics. This then begs the question: What can each of us do to improve our longevity and protect ourselves from my friend’s fate?

Preventive medications and supplements have been widely advertised by the pharmaceutical and supplement industry, but unfortunately are at best minimally helpful in protecting people from vascular disease. Rather than taking pills, making simple lifestyle changes can be considerably more effective. This starts with realizing the huge benefits that can come from something as simple as a daily walk. Walking 12 blocks (one mile) a day can be the goal, and if this is out of your range, start slowly and build. Even a little is good.

 

Wed
21
Feb
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The problem is both the gun and the shooter

By Blair Bess

 

Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not? It's tiresome to hear Republican lawmakers say it's inappropriate to politicize this tragedy. Their responses are numbingly repetitive and rote.

These lawmakers loathe the suggestion that assault weapons like AR-15's be banned outright or that gun control legislation be enacted. They hate hearing how concealed carry reciprocity laws are a bad idea, not to mention an encroachment on state's rights. They believe guns should be readily available to anyone.

 

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Wed
14
Feb
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A Valentine’s Day Victim of Victoria’s Secret

By Jase Graves

As Valentine's Day approached this year, I was at a loss regarding how to surprise my wife with a gift that would truly show my love and appreciation to her for not smothering me in my sleep. My daughters had presented their Valentine's wish lists (yes, wish lists) shortly after Christmas, so I'd already financed their gifts.

Wed
07
Feb
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Coffee with friends is a time honored tradition

By Lura Roti from the February 2018 issue of the SDFU Union Farmer newsletter

As an agriculture journalist, I've been driving through rural communities across South Dakota for more than two decades. If I pull into a fuel station before noon and step inside, I nearly always witness coffee.

Coffee, as defined in this article, is quite simply a group of men, dressed for the workday in coveralls or T-shirts - depending on the weather of course - hands around steaming mugs or pop cans visiting.

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Wed
07
Feb
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Fishing for Cancer

By Richard P. Holm, MD

Screening for cancer is sometimes like fishing for walleye. If you have the money, you can buy a good fish-finder to see where the fish might be. The finder may advise that there are fish down below your boat or your ice-house, but you don’t know if they might be carp, northern, or weeds . . . and not walleye. If, then, you decide to drop your hook, sometimes you only catch small ones that aren’t keepers and they all go back. Sometimes you catch nothing. Sometimes, however, you catch the big one.

Wed
31
Jan
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Improving our Medicaid program

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

South Dakotans believe in selfreliance. The pioneers who settled this state over a century ago, as well as the natives who preceded them, understood the need for self-reliance. In fact, they knew no other way. Those who came to Dakota sought freedom and a fresh start. They understood, though, that freedom requires responsibility, because they could only survive by taking care of themselves. As a second key value, South Dakotans believe in hard work. It is simply a part of our culture. When we promote South

Dakota as a good place to do business, we promote the work ethic of our people. Those who do business in South Dakota and elsewhere will attest to the fact that South Dakotans know how to work. There’s also a sense of pride that comes with having a job to do and being able to provide for your family.

 

Thu
25
Jan
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Claims of ‘fake news’ ignore truth

By Brian J. Hunhoff

“Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He was called “The Poet Scout.” Following is the fifth and final stanza of Crawford’s 1889 poem, “Truth.”

Truth may sparkle like diamonds,
But some men will cast it aside,
And instead they will treasure the mica,
And say to the truth, “Let her slide.”
But truth is the old rock of ages
Upon which our forefathers stood.
Without it there may be corruption,
And with it our lives must be good.

 

 

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Wed
17
Jan
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Think if you will

By Mark A. Peacock

What are we to do? What are we to say? They do what they think is right, but in a very wrong way. They have waited so long for their turn to come around and now watch those on their team burn their bridge to the ground! When the words that they use are better fit for a bar… does the White House now need its very own “Swearing Jar”? Do what you must when it’s your time to lead but just keep in mind there are a few thoughts to heed: Think if you will, and take some advice… say what you mean, but at least say it nice.

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Wed
10
Jan
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Seizing an opportunity

We applaud the decision by the Timber Lake City Council and the Dewey County Commission to participate in the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program. This is an example of state and local government working together to address a need.

As Chief Justice David Gilbertson recognized that many attorneys of his generation were retiring and 85% of the USD Law School grads were going to the state’s four largest cities, he knew something should be done. Fast forward to now, and the Rural Attorney Recruitment Program is well on its way to being a real solution statewide.

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