OUR VIEW: Week in review: The best, worst
CHEERS to news that turnover has been low among state university faculty, despite the absence of salary increases in recent years. A report in The Daily Republic last week noted that the percentages of faculty turnover during the past three fiscal years was 5.31 percent, 4.08 percent and 5.41 percent, respectively. Those are among the lowest percentages in more than a decade and buck the assumptions that college faculty will leave South Dakota during these tough times and find higher-paying jobs elsewhere. It's been three years since a raise for some faculty members. We don't agree that everyone deserves a raise every year, especially during this difficult economy, but we hope better times are ahead.
HISSES to the recent string of dry days, which have stressed South Dakota's crops and pastures. Last week, the state Department of Agriculture reported many acres of dry pastures and a lowering of the moisture content in crop fields. The good news is that mild temperatures have eased the burden somewhat. Nationally, however, the problem is larger after the hottest summer since 1955 sizzled the Midwest enough to erode expected corn yields. The USDA last week cut its corn forecast for a second straight month, to 12.554 million bushels nationally, down 2.8 percent from August's estimate.
CHEERS to the interesting story of Stephanie Hampe, who visited the Corn Palace as a young girl and who was married in the building over the weekend. Hampe was featured in a Daily Republic story Friday; in the story, the 30-year-old Texas woman noted how she saw the Palace on a trip through Mitchell during her girlhood and dreamed of a Palace wedding as an adult. That dream came true Saturday, when she walked down the aisle and exchanged vows with Clayton Gacke. The couple paid $1,200 to reserve the Palace for the event. This is a great love story -- girl meets building, girl marries in building. Even better for Mitchell, it is great publicity for our local landmark.
CHEERS to Summer's Last Dance, which was held Saturday at the Lake Mitchell Day Camp. The event is a fundraiser for the South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation and brought several acts to the lake for an evening of entertainment. The money from the event is used to help grant wishes for children who face dire illnesses. This is a good event, and one that we hope continues in the coming years. It's good entertainment for attendees, but more important, it's helping make dreams come true for children who really could use a little hope in their lives.