Daily Republic Editorial Board
HISSES to a lack of EMTs in South Dakota's rural communities. In 2014, 90 of the 123 ambulance services in the state met the criteria for a hardship waiver, which is an exemption that allows the service to operate with one EMT, and a driver who is certified to operate the ambulance but not perform medical care. Without a waiver, ambulance services are required to have two EMTs to operate an ambulance. We worry about what this means for small communities. If there are not enough EMTs to operate ambulances, their services will be forced to close.
Step on it, South Dakotans. Some state legislators want motorists who are passing another vehicle to have the ability to drive 10 mph faster than the speed limit on two-lane state highways in South Dakota. House Bill 1124 was endorsed last week unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee.
During Monday night's Mitchell City Council meeting, Councilman Mel Olson made it a point to push the city to look into a backup plan if the City Hall's basement pipes are overly expensive to fix. He's thinking ahead, and it is nice to see that from the council. In the past, the city hasn't taken a serious enough approach to long-range planning. The council last month learned of problems in the basement of City Hall, where there are leaking pipes that have caused foul odors and water damage.
A national cancer advocacy group has lobbied in favor of a bill to prohibit minors from using any tanning devices. The legislation, House Bill 1166, uses research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows the dangers of indoor tanning. That includes a 2014 study by the CDC estimated more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer may be related to indoor tanning in the U.S. each year, including 6,000 cases of melanoma.
HISSES to the problems in the basement of Mitchell's City Hall. Last week, Public Works Director Shane Crowe told members of the City Council the pipes beneath the building are corroded, leaking and responsible for the sewer gas smell that spread throughout the building recently. What's most concerning about the problem will be the cost to fix it, which is an uncertainty, according to officials. We wonder if the city will choose to fix the City Hall's basement pipes because of the the building's age, and we wonder how it will fund the project. CHEERS to a group involved with the Mitchell
In January 2011, first-year Gov. Dennis Daugaard purposed $127 million in budget cuts from the state's general fund to balance the budget. "We must eliminate the structural deficit," Daugaard told legislators at the time. "We don't want to have this discussion year after year. ... Let's take our medicine once." The state's structural deficit Daugaard inherited as governor was the talked-about issue in the Legislature.
CHEERS to everyone who showed up for the Mitchell Area Development Corp. and Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Friday night at the Highland Conference Center. The event, which was a rousing success, included keynote speaker Gov. Dennis Daugaard and saw community members get recognized for their dedication to the community.
Following a jury's verdict last week convicting Maricela Diaz of murder and kidnapping, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said he would be reviewing Alexander Salgado's testimony from the trial. Salgado is the father of Diaz's child and was her boyfriend during the 2009 murder of Jasmine Guevara. In 2010, Salgado admitted to killing Guevara as a part of a plea deal, which included a promise to testify against Diaz during her trial.
Seven-plus months ago, the first brick fell from the Corn Palace, which kicked off a massive renovation project to significantly change the look of our city-owned tourist attraction. Yes, it's already been more than seven months since Main Street was blocked, and an annoying detour was placed in the middle of the city. And that's not the only frustration associated with this project, which started June 2. The construction forced the Corn Palace to close its main entrance and then forced visitors to a makeshift entrance on the south side of the building.
A report that was publicly released Monday claims some very concerning issues within the leadership of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. Human Rights Watch, a nonprofit organization that defends the rights of people worldwide, assembled the report after a two-year investigation.