OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worstA look back at the week in news, from South Dakota's oil potential to college enrollment to care of military graves.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
HISSES to news that South Dakota doesn’t appear on the verge of a boom in oil production, as reported last week in The Daily Republic.
Some people are glad to hear that, we suppose, but we rather like the idea of that possible influx of business, which surely would do much to replenish the state’s coffers, as long as proper environmental precautions are taken.
North Dakota, for instance, is in the midst of an oil boom and has more than $1 billion in state reserves.
That would fix a lot of infrastructure and pay for a lot of other things that are needed here in the Rushmore State.
CHEERS to the increased enrollment at the state’s six public universities. Numbers from the state show that there was a slight gain — less than 1 percent — due partly to an increase in older part-time students. Any increase is good news, we think, and even if it’s just a fraction of a percent.
CHEERS to those involved in decorating South Dakota military graves in European cemeteries. The Daily Republic recently published a photo of a grave that was decorated in Nettuno, Italy.
Money for the decorations has been raised by Mitchell native Andrew Young and Mitchell resident Darwin Buus.
For five years now, these men have raised money for the decorations, which cost about $560 annually. This is truly a good cause, and we commend them for their noble work.
CHEERS to the return of regular referees to the National Football League.
We aren’t here to take sides in the fight that has been ongoing between the league’s owners and the referees. We just know that it became rather comical watching these replacement refs try to control NFL games.
Last Monday night, a game was incorrectly decided by the debacle — evidently the final straw. It’s good to see the regular referees back at work.
CHEERS to homecoming season. Anyone who witnessed the festivities at Mitchell High School last week couldn’t help but get caught up in a wave of school spirit.
Same goes for Mitchell Christian and Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual homecoming weeks. There’s just something about homecoming that’s hard to describe.