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Wed
10
Oct
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The root of suffering

By Angie Jones

It has been said that pain and suffering are a part of the human condition. While it may be true that pain is inevitable, the degree to which we have to suffer because of it is largely within our own control.

That may seem a surprising statement, but if you think about it, it’s true especially regarding the subject of mental suffering. Anger, frustration, anxiety, insecurity, jealousy, depression, fear, sadness, worry and a thousand other difficult to handle emotions are all a form of mental suffering. We have all experienced this kind of suffering, as well as the negative impact it has on our lives when we allow ourselves to stay locked in that cycle of thinking.

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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IM #24: Out of state contributions

Editor’s Note: South Dakotans will vote on five ballot questions in the November 6 general election. One of them, Initiated Measure 24, would prohibit contributions to ballot question committees by non-residents, out-ofstate political committees, and entities that are not filed with the Secretary of State. The following explanation and pros and cons of IM #24 are provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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Pros and cons of IM#25 - tobacco tax

Editor’s note: South Dakotans will vote on five ballot issues in the Nov. 6 general election. One of them, Initiated Measure 25, would increase the tobacco tax and create a fund for the purposes of lowering student tuition and providing financial support to the postsecondary technical institutes. The following explanation and pros and cons of IM#25 are from the Secretary of State’s office.

Attorney General Explanation of Initiated Measure 25

This measure increases the State tax on tobacco products sold in the state. The tax on packs containing 20 cigarettes would increase $1.00 per pack, and 25-cigarette packs would increase $1.25 per pack. Tax on other types of tobacco products such as cigars, roll-your-own, and chewing tobacco would change from the current rate (35% of the wholesale price) and be increased to 55% of the wholesale price.

 

Wed
12
Sep
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Dakota at Home

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Aging can be a difficult thing. Whether it’s harder on the one growing older, or their loved ones, I’m not sure. When a spouse or a parent grows older and starts to need help with everyday tasks, there are many difficult decisions to make. You want them to be close, to have as much independence as possible and you want to be there as much as you can.

Many families are dealing with these decisions today. As the Baby Boomer generation has aged, South Dakota is seeing a growing need for services. That need will continue to grow: By 2035, it is estimated that within our state the number of elders (65 and older) will increase by 84 percent and the number of elders with disabilities is expected to be 71 percent higher than it is today.

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Wed
12
Sep
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Find your happy place

By Jill Pertler

We all need a happy place, or at the very least can benefit from one – or a dozen, take your pick. You don’t have to limit yourself to just one happy place. Go ahead; grab a few. They’re free!

A happy place doesn’t have to be a place, per se, but it can be. It is a state of mind sometimes brought on by a physical location, but it can be achieved by any number of conditions. Country music, classical music, hard rock, a lullaby, complete silence.

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Wed
05
Sep
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Fall: Changing leaves and lives

By Angie Jones

The weather is a changin’ and fall is in the air. Just like that, summer begins to bid us adieu in favor of chilly nights and changing leaves. It’s been a wonderful last few months — rich and full in all of the ways that make summertime so sweet. It can be hard not to lament the loss of daylight and warmth. Then again, there’s something nice about cozy sweaters and crisp, clear air, too.

Each season has its reason, metaphorically speaking. In the spring, we give birth to new plans, new ideas, new life. In the summer, we’re busy grabbing that life by the horns and living it with gusto. Come fall, we celebrate the abundance of the harvest season, reveling in the fruits of our labor, before make preparations for the long hibernation of winter.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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On Culture and Connection

By Mark Peacock

My family and I spent this past weekend in Minnesota, attending the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, largely to expose my children once again to their culture. Back home, we all grew up in a culture that is not ours; our personal heritage is not well reflected in rodeo culture, in the culture of the local pow wows, or in threshing fairs, although we like and appreciate parts of all such events.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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Thinking about death: Loving our enemies

By Richard P. Holm, MD

I’ve lived a life formulated for longevity: eating right, exercising daily, and savoring friendships and family. Despite this, I still came down with cancer two years ago. I’ve been treated with chemo, radiation, major surgery, and now, with spread to the liver, I’m back on chemo. I’m still here and truly feel blessed and thankful for every day, but you can understand why lately I’ve been thinking about death.

Loving my enemies has made this easier. As our kids were growing up, I would find myself saying to them: “I will always love you unconditionally, but sometimes I don’t like what you are doing.”

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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Make it a healthy school year

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Now that back-to-school season is here, I know parents have no shortage of items on their to-do lists. You have school supplies to buy, school lunch arrangements to make and new schedules to coordinate. With so much to do, I hope you will still be sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccines.

Childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox. Thanks to vaccines, most of these diseases have become rare in the United States. But many still exist here, and they can make children very sick, leading to days of missed school, missed work for parents, or, in serious cases, even hospitalization or death.

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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We can do without a dollar store

By Kathy Nelson

What is progress? What is economic development? What’s good for a community?

The Timber Lake community and the city council are struggling with those questions in regard to the proposed Family Dollar Store.

 

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