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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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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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