Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to the Howard School District for having one of its schools earn the distinction of being named a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education named this year's National Blue Ribbon Schools last week, and Howard Elementary was one of four South Dakota schools to earn the honor. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools based on either high performance or exceptional improvement in closing the achievement gap. Howard was recognized for its high performance on state assessments or national tests.
CHEERS to everyone involved in getting a new statue depicting one modern soldier carrying another recently at Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Jimmy Traupel, a 91-year-old Mitchell resident and World War II veteran, donated $4,000 toward the cost of the statue, which cost in total about $5,500.
CHEERS to the start of the high school football playoffs. This is always a special time of year when smaller communities pull together to show support for the young men who line up under the lights in hopes of a postseason victory. We have several teams from our area that are competing in the playoffs, and we want to wish each of them luck as the postseason continues. The Mitchell High School football team finished its season 3-6, but should be proud of its accomplishment of winning its final two regular-season games in come-from-behind fashion. HISSES t
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following Daily Republic editorial is adapted from one published on Nov. 7, 2012. The elections are over. Life returns to normal. That goes for The Daily Republic's Opinion page, too.
CHEERS to the Howard, Gregory and Parkston high school football teams for winning state championships last week. Winning a football title takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and these players and coaches put in the time needed to achieve their ultimate goal. It's also great to see so much community pride for all of the schools involved.
There's a television commercial currently airing that shows farmers and ranchers from western South Dakota reviewing Kristi Noem's response to Winter Storm Atlas. "She genuinely cared about what people were going through," one man said. We understand this is a political television ad, one of many that are filling your television lately. The purpose of these ads is to make a person shine so voters check that candidate's name during the Nov. 4 election. But we agree Noem's response to Winter Storm Atlas was effective. Noem, a Republican, holds South Dakota's lone seat in the U.S.
On Election Day 2010, when then-Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard became South Dakota’s governor, he felt voters supported him because he pledged to boost the state’s economy by creating new jobs...
On Election Day 2010, when then-Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard became South Dakota's governor, he felt voters supported him because he pledged to boost the state's economy by creating new jobs and balancing the state's budget. "I'm ready and anxious to tackle both of them," Daugaard said that evening. Daugaard immediately proposed a state budget that eliminated a $127 million structural deficit and got the Legislature to approve it.
Monday night was sink or swim time for two city of Mitchell projects. During a regular meeting, the Mitchell City Council and Mayor Ken Tracy voted to delay the construction of a new city hall, allowing for a competition-sized indoor pool to be built in the city. Members of the City Council split on the decision, and Tracy cast his vote to break the tie and move forward with the indoor pool. The vote was in result of two projects that, in the past year, have received support.
Blaze orange filled fields across South Dakota over the weekend. Yes, the statewide pheasant opener arrived again, and the buzz about pheasant numbers is as prevalent as ever. From what we hear, bird numbers are up. That's great. Better hunting means a better economy for Mitchell, the surrounding area and all of South Dakota, and it also gives way for great memories for outdoor enthusiasts.