CHEERS to the success of a new intersection alert system at a key area intersection in Bon Homme County. The Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System has been implemented at the intersection of State Highways 37 and 46 and has in the past year resulted in one serious crash and no fatalities. The system uses technology similar to traffic signals and notifies drivers when vehicles are in the other bisecting portion of the intersection.
There could be other areas in the region and state that would be good places to try this technology, as well, and if it saves lives, the value is priceless.
HISSES to the continued news about the impact of tariffs on local businesses and farmers. At a forum in Sioux Falls sponsored by the conservative Americans For Prosperity group on Aug. 30, business advocates said pork processing, trucking, railroads and grain businesses will be hurt.
Already, there's some data to indicate that less was spent on school shopping and hotel rooms, which leads to lower sales tax revenues.
As an expert from South Dakota State University said at the event, tariffs lead to fewer imports and fewer exports, and any trading is better than no trade at all. South Dakota will be in trouble for as long as the tariff battle continues.
CHEERS regarding a pair of small-town stories published in The Daily Republic in the last week. In Wagner, the Boys and Girls Club of the Missouri River Area marked its 20th year in the community, filling an important need for youth in a small-town area and providing helpful mentorship. In Kimball, a mother and daughter have teamed up to open a new pottery store on the town's Main Street in the coming weeks. They have unique items to offer, such as horsehair pottery, along with clothing and jewelry.
In both cases, the efforts require a unique brand of hard work. We hope everyone joins us rooting for continued success for years to come.
CHEERS to the news about the increase in pheasant numbers around the state and especially in our region. A projected 47 percent bump is a great sign, especially considering there's been some wet weather in parts of the state this year. Considering the impact that hunting has on South Dakota's residents and how it draws visitors from other states, the good news is welcomed with open arms.