Daily Republic Editorial Board
The 2016 presidential election is about 18 months away, but one campaign issue is already taking high priority and will certainly be among those debated. The burden of student debt is a hot topic, as more than 40 million Americans battle with student debt that totals $1.2 trillion.
CHEERS to Joel Amick and everyone who was involved in his successful completion and graduation of James Valley Drug Court. Last week, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, judges, state representatives, family and friends were at the Davison County Courthouse to express their pride in Amick's completion of the 18-month drug and DUI court program. Amick entered the drug court program in 2013 after his fourth DUI in less than 10 years.
On Jan. 16, our newspaper ran an editorial with the headline, "Have patience with Palace project." At that time, the Corn Palace's massive renovation project was seven months old. It was then people were starting to grow frustrated with how long the project was taking. Mitchell residents were getting impatient with the blockade on Main Street.
They're addicting. They take up too much of our time. And, for most of us, they're our lifeline to everything. Smartphones have taken control of our society.
HISSES to the nasty weather that brought a tornado on Mother's Day to Delmont. The tornado displaced many of the town's 200-plus residents and left homes in pieces. Debris is scattered across town, a church is ruined and a brand new fire hall is smashed. Sadly, people are left wondering what's next and trying to determine if they'll rebuild. It's a terribly sad and frustrating situation for so many of the town's residents.
The New England Patriots are getting off too easy again. Yes, the Super Bowl champions are cheaters and they do not deserve to hold the Lombardi trophy. On Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended four games starting at the beginning of the NFL season for his role in what's been called "deflategate," the incident in which the team was found to have used underinflated footballs for an advantage in the playoffs. In addition to Brady's punishment, the team was fined $1 million and will forfeit its first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and fourth-round pick in 2017. The advantage
Mother Nature showed her wrath on Mother's Day. Sadly, a tornado on Sunday morning hit Delmont, the town of fewer than 300 people that sits about 40 miles southwest of Mitchell. The town's Lutheran church was crushed and a nearly brand-new fire hall was demolished.
HISSES to a horrible tornado that on Sunday struck the town of Delmont. There were injuries, structures destroyed and damage all over.
The pristine lakes and rivers in South Dakota need to stay pristine. That's why we're happy to see the state Game, Fish and Parks Department finally take a strong stance against the spread of aquatic invasive species. New regulations from the GF&P that take effect Monday are part of the latest effort to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, which threaten the diversity or abundance of native species in a body of water.
CHEERS to the approaching end of influenza season, but HISSES to the toll it has taken this year. South Dakota health officials said they fought a record number of cases in 2014-15: 58 South Dakotans died, and 731 have been hospitalized. That's the most in the state since the flu became reportable 11 years ago. We again urge people to do what they can to prevent spreading illness, and we're glad to the season ends this month. HISSES to the violence and heartache ripping apart Baltimore.