OUR VIEW: Hisses and Cheers
HISSES to a recent statistic that showed that many South Dakotans are vulnerable to Internet fraud. The American Association of Retired Persons has noted that one in four Internet users across our state be at an increased risk of being victimized. The study found that a combination of online behaviors and life experiences puts a person at the greatest risk of being scammed.
CHEERS to new attention being focused on overloaded recreational boats. Last week, the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks Commission adopted a new rule that will make it illegal to operate any boat beyond its stated capacity limits for persons, weight and total horsepower. We've all seen this happen -- too many people on a boat that goes whizzing past. Often, it's young people who are the culprits. It's a dangerous practice and one that we are glad to see is being addressed.
CHEERS to daylight saving time, which occurred at 2 a.m. Sunday. We aren't excited about losing that extra hour of sleep, but we are excited about the change because it really gets us fired up for spring weather. This (usually) is a great time of year in South Dakota -- moderate, but still with some winter weather to keep us on our toes. We'll take it either way, because we know spring is near.
HISSES to an idea that supposedly will get older people more active when they visit parks. We published a national story last week that noted how a U.S. researcher has shown that moving the seating away from certain areas in parks actually gets adults moving more, since they have no other choice as they visit the area with children or grandchildren. This is an interesting concept, but it could backfire, since it could actually keep some adults from visiting parks with children. That's not good, and it's why we don't like this idea much.