Opinions

Guest Opinion – Statement on the Rapid City Indian Health Service 638 Process

I want to talk today about the assumption of Sioux San hospital in Rapid City by the Cheyenne River and Oglala Sioux Tribes, under an Indian Self-Determination Act contract through CRST Resolutions No. 1-2019-CR, No. 104-2018-CR, and No. 103-2018-CR. These contracts are sometimes called “638” contracts, because the Self-Determination Act is Public Law, or P.L. 93-638. First, I want to […]

Garden Tips of the week


Hello everyone and thank you again for reading. This week I will cover a bit on tomato care and care of your lawn and garden equipment. As requested by a reader all the way from the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, WA, I will cover tomatoes first. Thank you Liz for following this segment. It’s a pleasure knowing people are getting […]

Admit it — we are about what others think


What we do in the privacy often differs greatly from what we do in public. Regardless of claims that we are all somehow immune and do not care what others think about us, we each are impacted by what others think and how they interact and react to us.  For this reason, we spend a lot of time and energy […]

Letter to the editor…

To the editor:  The South Dakota Hall of Fame once again missed an opportunity to acknowledge one of the giants of our state’s history. For the second straight year, Senator Larry Pressler has been denied entry into the state’s hall of fame. Senator Pressler served our state admirably for 18 years in the United States Senate and four years in […]

Big city, small town education: go to where you’ve never gone before and stay awhile


Everyone should travel to new places and spend time being in those new places. Often people schedule trips with tours and quick stops along a pre-planned journey, but rarely stay long in one place. While a week is somewhat substantial, it’s really not much time to observe and experience the day-to-day life of a community, and resorts are usually designed […]

Garden Tips of the week


Hello everyone and thank you again for reading my garden section. This week I will be covering some D.I.Y. tips for making your own compost. This subject may seem simple, and your basic compost is fairly simple to make. There are several kinds of compost that you can make at home. I will cover a few basic types and their […]

SDDVA Secretary Whitlock’s June Column – New Laws Impacting Veterans


Each year South Dakota agencies, legislators, constituents, and lobbyists review, debate, and consider hundreds of legislative issues. During the 2019 legislative session 1,589 legislative bills and resolutions were introduced. Although, over 1,500 bills were considered, not all became law. The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs serves as an advocate for veterans and reviews all the bills introduced and identifies […]

Politically incorrect? Guilty as charged


We should not be spending money we do not have This whole idea of “political correctness” is, in my view, the worst thing that has happened to this country since line dancing and nonalcoholic beer. Everyone is looking for something—anything—to be offended by and subsequently get their panties in a twist. (In fact, that last sentence is most likely offensive […]


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