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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the quality of fine arts programs in Mitchell. Recent shows like Friend de Coup's dinner theater and Show Choir Classic and the mammoth Dakota Wesleyan University-led production of "Les Miserables" are a testament to the talent and dedication of the many, many people who were involved. Participants ranged from elementary school students to middle-aged enthusiasts, and the results are proof of the importance of the arts to a community.

HISSES to yet another suspect who allegedly fled police, as we reported in our Wednesday edition about an incident in McCook County that ended with the suspect crashing his vehicle into a tree. Ever since a drunken driver who was evading police killed a 9-year-old girl in downtown Mitchell in 2012, we at The Daily Republic have felt obligated to aggressively report on police chases in our area. Suspects who refuse to pull over for law enforcement endanger themselves, the officers giving chase and innocent bystanders. When caught, these suspects should be dealt with harshly to send a message that running from police is never a good idea and will not be tolerated.

CHEERS to the 1985 Mitchell boys' basketball team and coach Gary Munsen for being honored by the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame, along with individual honorees Bart Friedrick, of Mitchell; Gerhardt "G.E." Buenning, of Parkston; Richard "Milt" Authier, of Woonsocket; Julie (Harmacek) Bridge, of Avon; Mandy Koupal, of Wagner; and Colleen Moran, of Stickney.

CHEERS at long, long last to the arrival of true spring-like weather. The high temperature reached into the 60s Sunday, and this week's forecast includes 50s, 60s and 70s. We imagine folks all over our area will emerge from their homes this week after months of what felt like cold-weather imprisonment. If there's any bright side to the extremely cold winter we suffered, it's that it'll make us appreciate the arrival of spring more than usual. Get out and soak up all the warmth and sunshine you can while it lasts, and before the mosquitoes show up.