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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to Faith Spotted Eagle, the Lake Andes resident who earned one of the 538 Electoral College votes to determine who becomes the president of the United States.

Spotted Eagle, a vocal opponent of two of the most recognizable U.S. oil pipeline projects, followed in the footsteps of former U.S. Sen. George McGovern in earning an electoral vote.

It's extremely rare for a South Dakotan to receive recognition from the Electoral College, and whether you agree with Spotted Eagle's environmentalist beliefs or not, it's exciting whenever a South Dakotan steps into the national spotlight.

CHEERS to Cindy Easton, the longtime Holy Family Catholic Church volunteer who assembled her final Christmas scene last week.

Easton spent 25 years decorating the church through various seasons, spending her free time sprucing up the church and providing a holiday-themed atmosphere for more than two decades.

It's encouraging to know folks like Easton are willing to commit their time to causes that lift the community's spirit, and surely hundreds or even thousands have been able to enjoy the work she's achieved with the help of other volunteers throughout the years.

HISSES to the lack of fundraising contributions being made to some organizations throughout the city this holiday season.

We realize there are so many different ways to give these days, and it's virtually impossible to donate to every worthy cause, but it's disappointing to learn the Mitchell Salvation Army was approximately $55,000 short of its $113,000 goal with only two weeks left in its annual red kettle drive.

While the contributions aren't staggering and it's disappointing to see the Salvation Army still seeking nearly half its goal, it was heartening to see members of the Mitchell Fire Division take to the street Saturday in an effort to collect funds for the worthy organization.

With the fundraising goal coming to a close on Dec. 31, we hope the Salvation Army is able to approach its mark, and hopefully even surpass it.

CHEERS to the news Mitchell's aquatic facility project bids came in under budget.

Opponents to the project have long wondered whether the $8.058 million approved by Mitchell voters for the indoor pool project would suffice, but a low base bid of $7.249 million was returned to the city on Thursday.

We hope the city is able to make the project work without going over budget, and for opponents and supporters of the project alike, let's hope the facility turns out better than any of us could have hoped.