OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers
CHEERS to the community of Parkston, which is sprucing up its much-used baseball complex. The field, known as The Pond, is home to amateur, high school and Legion baseball, and like so many other small-town ballfields of today and yesteryear, it provides an important gathering place for the community. South Dakota's small-town summertime baseball tradition is one of the many things that makes this state great, and it's nice to see the tradition being strengthened in some places.
HISSES to yet another criminal suspect who made the boneheaded choice of evading law enforcement at high speed. Daryl Jandreau, 37, of Wagner, allegedly fled Charles Mix County sheriff's deputies at speeds up to 85 mph Tuesday before finally being arrested for the chase and various drug charges. As we all know and painfully remember in Mitchell, chases can be fatal. We will continue to report on and publicly scold anyone who decides to endanger themselves, law enforcement and innocent bystanders by evading capture at high speed.
CHEERS to Mitchell native Mike Miller, who continues to add to his basketball legend even at age 34. Miller, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, produced some of his trademark postseason magic last week by scoring 21 points to help his team edge Oklahoma City in an NBA playoff game. He continues to show us all that people who grow up in South Dakota are capable of success at the highest levels.
HISSES to the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, which we reported last week has affected at least 28 farms in South Dakota. The disease, which is deadly to young pigs and potentially devastating to pork producers, was first detected in the U.S. in April 2013 and, as of last month, more than 5,500 cases had been confirmed in 28 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It's important to note that the disease only affects pigs and does not pose a risk to people and is not a food safety concern, according to the USDA. So, even though you might be tempted to forgo eating pork for a while, our South Dakota pork producers need your business now more than ever and would surely appreciate your support and your dining and shopping dollars during this difficult time.