Commentary

Wed
24
Oct
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Caregivers receive more than they give

By Richard P. Holm, MD

It was a number of years ago and I was working in the emergency room when a severely compromised 20-year-old woman with cerebral palsy came in battling a lung infection. She was moderately mentally handicapped and had muscle spasticity of all her muscles, which hampered her ability to cough and clean out her lungs. This was not her first time with pneumonia, and it wouldn’t be her last.

What was most remarkable about her situation was the love and support she had from her entire family, not just mom and dad. Her three siblings were also part of this wonderful caregiving team. They joked with her, encouraged her, reassured her, and loved her. It was beautiful to see. The story turns sad as eventually, months later, the patient succumbed to an infection despite aggressive treatment. However, the compassion and joy I saw that day, like rays of light emanating out of her caregivers, left me happy inside.

 

Wed
24
Oct
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Leaving it better than you found it

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Over the past few months, Linda and I have been getting ready to turn the Governor’s Mansion over to its next occupants. We’ve been working with state maintenance crews to replace light bulbs, repaint rooms, clean out the drains, and make other small improvements. The Mansion is just like any other house – over time, small projects like these accumulate. We want to get these projects done now, so the home is in great shape for its next occupants.

Wed
17
Oct
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Amendment W is wrong for South Dakota

Nathan Sanderson, Executive Director South Dakota Retailers Assn., Pierre, SD

We South Dakotans pride ourselves on our independence and common sense. We don’t spend money without good cause. We don’t create unnecessary bureaucracy. We don’t allow other states to dictate how we run our own. And that’s why we should vote No on Constitutional Amendment W.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment W seeks to add 3,329 words to the South Dakota Constitution. That’s nearly 8 pages of new text to the founding document of our state. It would create a new, fourth branch of government that is not elected by the people.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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South Dakota’s 100th pheasant season

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

October in South Dakota is a glorious month. I love the crisp mornings, chilly evenings and weekend sounds of marching bands in homecoming parades. And I truly love the annual gathering of family and friends for pheasant season, the best fall classic of them all.

When I was a boy hunting with my dad or my school friends, the sharp cackle of a rooster pheasant flushed from fireweed along a fence row or from a strip of unharvested corn or milo set my heart pumping. All these years later that unmistakable sound still has that effect. The tradition of fall pheasant hunting may not be unique to South Dakota, but I’m convinced we do it better than anybody else. But, then, we should. We’ve been doing it for a century now.

 

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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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