OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers
HISSES to the Mitchell mayor and City Council for further prolonging the demolition of the old Veterans of Foreign Wars building near First and Main. The council bought the building last September after it had been damaged during the demolition of the adjacent former Longhorn Bar. It was the right move to buy the building so the VFW could move out and start over, but we question why it's taking so long to complete the demolition. It'll soon be a year since the purchase of the damaged structure, and the eyesore continues to sit at downtown's doorstep. Most recently, the council rejected the only bid for the building's demolition. It's time to get this blemish removed from our city.
CHEERS to the Davison County Commission and its new meeting space in the county's North Offices. We weren't sure the county's purchase of the building for $575,000 from its former occupant, Central Electric, was wise; frankly, we're still not sure. The move further fractionated county offices and added yet another building to the taxpayers' burden. But there is good news. The commissioners' new meeting space in the North Offices can accommodate more people and has more amenities to assure public access, including a large screen to display documents. Anytime a public body can become more accessible to the public it serves, that's a good thing.
HISSES to the methamphetamine lab that was found last week in Mitchell. Meth is a particularly vicious drug that wreaks terrible havoc in the lives of its users and their loved ones. We urge our elected officials, law enforcement, drug counselors and the sellers of ingredients used in meth to join forces and fight the spread of meth use.
CHEERS to two local sports standouts who received high honors last week. Caitlin Way, a Mitchell native who recently wrapped up an outstanding track and field career at Oklahoma State University, was nominated by the Big 12 Conference for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Retired former Mitchell tennis coach Gayle Klein was selected to received the 2014 South Dakota Tennis Achievement Award. Congrats to both for being such great representatives of their sport and their community.