OUR VIEW: Week in review: The best and worstCheers for holiday spirit, a head start on flood prevention and basketball standouts.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
CHEERS to the promotional campaign that will push beef on the East Coast. According to a report published in The Daily Republic last week, New York consumers will be hearing about the benefits of eating beef through a campaign funded by South Dakota’s beef checkoff dollars. The promotional project was recently approved by the South Dakota Beef Industry Council, in partnership with the New York Beef Council. Evidently, New York’s beef council doesn’t have the financial oomph to effectively reach its own population with promotional material. Enter South Dakota’s program, which sees this as a good investment, noting that New York is a place where checkoff dollars can have the most impact. We like the idea.
CHEERS to Mitchell Slumberland Furniture and United Way, which teamed up last week to donate beds to those in need. Through the program, 22 beds were delivered throughout Mitchell to people who may not have the financial resources to purchase beds for themselves or for their children. This is a great program, and we commend Slumberland for making the initial donation and United Way for giving its support, too. Numerous charitable programs are out there to benefit those in need, but this program is unique, and one that really makes a difference for the recipients.
CHEERS to the Mitchell residents and area natives who are being inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Mitchell residents in line for the honor are Jack Theeler, who was a key player for those great Sisseton teams of the 1960s, and Lamoine Torgerson, who played in the late 1950s for the mighty Forestburg Bucs. Also being inducted are former area residents Randy Fletcher, formerly of Reliance and now of Lennox; Barry Glanzer, formerly of Armour and now of Louisville, Neb.; and Dana (Nielsen) Honner, formerly of Armour and now of Sioux Falls. South Dakota is a basketball state, and to be inducted into this particular Hall of Fame is proof positive of an exceptional high school career. Congratulations are in order for all of the inductees.
CHEERS to news that the dry fall has allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get ahead of schedule on releasing excess water through the Missouri River dams. This is a contentious issue, as we all learned during flood-ravaged 2011. We are starting to get a bit nervous about the lack of precipitation in South Dakota these past few months, since our farmers could use some snow to get a jump on the 2012 growing season. But the bright side is that the dry weather should put the mainstem dams in a good place as spring 2012 looms.