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OUR VIEW: Week in review, the best and worst

CHEERS to those who helped put together the free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church. We reported in Friday’s edition that 530 people were served at the event, with volunteers helping in every way. It’s hard not to feel joyous when hearing of such events, and we cannot heap enough praise on anyone who helped — whether at this particular event or at another in Mitchell or in the region.

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HISSES to cheaters in professional sports. Sports pages are often filled with reports of big-time athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs to make themselves better, and we’re sure that won’t end anytime soon. But last week, we ran an Associated Press report about Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd, who intentionally spilled a drink during an NBA game to allow his team time to draw up a last-second play. The Nets were out of timeouts when Kidd was shown on television telling one of his players to intentionally bump into him so that his drink would spill onto the court. What a terrible message to send to our kids. Good for the NBA for fining Kidd $50,000 for this dishonest and childish act.

HISSES to home fires that are started through carelessness during the holiday season. This time of year traditionally means more cooking, extensive decorating and Christmas trees being erected indoors. Please use care so that your festive spirit doesn’t spark a fire and ruin the season. Also, be sure all smoke alarms are in good working order.

CHEERS to the Christmas at the Palace event, held last week at the Corn Palace. From the visit by Mr. and Mrs. Claus to the tree-lighting ceremony by Mayor Ken Tracy, the event was a great start to Christmas season in Mitchell. During these next three weeks, make it a personal goal to shop locally, to donate freely and to wish others a very merry Christmas.

CHEERS to South Dakota State University’s football season, which resulted in a spot in the FCS playoffs. The Jacks finished the regular season 8-4 and earned one of the few and coveted spots in the postseason.