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Thu
17
Jan
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Chairman voices outrage at President’s remarks

LETTER

The President of the United States has decided to make comments regarding Pocahontas, “Big Horn” and “Wounded Knee” in an attempt to denigrate someone else. I ask you, America, when are you going to come to your senses regarding this president?

Thu
10
Jan
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Excerpts from Kristi Noem’s inaugural address

Newly elected South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem delivered an address at her inauguration on January 5. Here is an extended excerpt:

The oath that I just took is a promise and a commitment to everyone in this state. I promise to govern in a manner that will benefit all South Dakotans. From Rapid City to Sioux Falls. From Buffalo to North Sioux City. From Pine Ridge to Sisseton. My door will always be open to listen. I believe I have a good sense of where we need to go as a state but that doesn’t mean I won’t keep the dialogue open. I’ve always believed it takes courage to stand up and speak, but it also takes courage to sit down and listen.

Thu
03
Jan
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Governor says thank you and good-bye

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By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

This is the last column I will write as Governor of South Dakota, and I want to say “thank you.”

Thank you to the people of South Dakota. It was a great honor when you placed your confidence in me. Over these past eight years, I have always tried to work hard to make our state better. Whenever times were tough, your strength encouraged me.

I first saw that strength during the Missouri River floods of 2011. Releases from the Oahe Dam were nearly triple the previous record. Large portions of Pierre, and nearly all of Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes, were threatened by the flooding. In a matter of days, we filled hundreds of thousands of sandbags and we built emergency levies that saved most of Pierre, Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes. Thousands of South Dakotans stepped up – National Guard, law enforcement, first responders, bus loads of volunteers, hundreds of truckers, and even prison inmates.

Thu
03
Jan
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A new year, a new you? The journey is the point

In some ways, we use holidays as a collective reminder of attitudes which help us live a happy, healthy life. We take a day to be thankful, a day to celebrate freedom and a day to focus on giving. We have a day for remembering those we’ve lost and a day to honor the miracles in our lives. The holidays can remind us how good it feels to bring these attitudes into our day to day experiences.

This time of year, it’s the New Year season. New Year’s is about honoring the passage of time. It’s about reviewing where you’ve been so that you may consciously choose where you’re headed. It’s no coincidence that we celebrate this holiday when we do, nor that it’s focus is on things we’d like to shift in our lives. Julius Caesar set the date in 46 B.C., in part to honor January’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. Janus has two faces, one face which looks into the past and the other which looks into the future.

Thu
20
Dec
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Come before Him with adoration

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One of our favorite things to do as pastors is to hold and cradle new little babies. Babies are so easy to adore – we love to watch every little coo or yawn and make over how precious they are. In the events of the first Christmas, the shepherds came to worship and adore baby Jesus as they were directed by a host of angels. As the shepherds saw Jesus, you would think they talked about how cute He was. However, more than just admiring a new baby, they chose to adore who He was and the reason He was born. They worshipped Him and gave honor to Him even before He could do anything for them. They understood the significance and importance of who He was and they did not let that moment escape them without their praise.

Thu
20
Dec
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Tradition

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I don’t feel the spirit of Christmas in Walmart.

Sure, the music is playing from the ceiling speakers overhead and there are thousands of brightly colored boxes on shelves for nearly every conceivable need, wish, and want for anyone, from three to one hundred and three… but all of this has me thinking of the old times and wondering if the real Christmas still exists out there.

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Thu
06
Dec
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President Bush’s thousand points of light

“A thousand points of light.” The phrase was used by George H.W. Bush in his speech accepting the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans. Written for Bush by Peggy Noonan and Craig R. Smith, the address likened America's clubs and volunteer organizations to “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”

He repeated the phrase in his inaugural address on January 20, 1989:

 

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Thu
29
Nov
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Making progress on teacher pay

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As I enter my final weeks as governor, many people are asking me to reflect on my time in office. I’m not a person who worries much about a “legacy.” I just hope that I have left things a little better than I found them. It is hard, though, not to reminisce about the events of the last eight years. One memory of which I’m very proud is the progress we made on teacher pay.

It certainly didn’t look like this would be possible when I came into office in 2011. At that time, South Dakota was still feeling the effects of the Great Recession. For two years, federal stimulus funds had delayed the need for budget cuts. As I took office, though, those funds had reached their end, and my first budget proposal included ten percent cuts. In the end, a mechanism was found to ease the K-12 education cut to about eight percent.

 

Thu
22
Nov
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Thanksgiving: A special day to share with family and friends

By Gov. Dennis Daugaard

Back on the farm, we had a big dining room table that sat against one wall most of the year.

On Thanksgiving, Dad pulled that table out into the middle of the room. Mom covered it with the good tablecloth and set the good dishes. She crowded every square inch of the table’s surface with turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, a real feast for our family to share after we gave thanks for the blessings we had enjoyed during the past year.

I’ll never forget how the aroma of fresh-baked pie and roast turkey wafted through the house. Whenever I think of Thanksgiving, I remember the warmth and coziness created by the sight and smells of Mom’s cooking. And I remember how happy I was to have that special day to share with my parents, my two sisters, and sometimes other family members.

 

Thu
22
Nov
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Good humor has a place in our politics

By Tom Purcell

Among today’s most regrettable trends is the dying art of effective humor and satire in politics.

During 1984’s second debate between President Reagan and Democratic nominee Walter Mondale, moderators rightfully asked Reagan, then 73, if he had enough stamina to carry out his duties. Reagan answered, “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

Nearly everyone, even Mondale, laughed. Reagan’s humor reassured America that he had his wits about him. He defeated Mondale in a landslide.

 

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