Daily Republic Editorial Board
CHEERS to the Wilbur-Ellis Corn Palace Challenge last weekend, which brought thousands of people to town for the weekend bull- and bronc-riding event. It's a unique venue for rodeo fans to enjoy a night of western entertainment, and gives the community another chance to see South Dakota cowboys compete a little closer to home after outdoor rodeo season is done. HISSES to the nasty illness that spread through Wessington Springs schools and kept about 30 children home sick.
Some people have wondered why we've waited this long for our endorsement for the U.S. Senate race. Partially, it's because we wanted to wait and make our decision on Election Day.
CHEERS to another successfully completed election. On Tuesday, Americans headed to the polls to cast ballots for national, state and local officials, as well as their own, local ballot measures. Davison County saw a 54.84 percent voter turnout, just a little bit higher than the state's turnout of 54.18 percent. While we wish it were always a 100 percent turnout, we know that's not likely, and are glad we at least fell in line with the state's average turnout.
We're not experts on EB-5. EB-5, a federal program that lets foreign investors seek United States residency in exchange for at least $500,000 invested in an approved rural project that creates at least 10 jobs, has come under a lot of scrutiny in the past few months. More accurately, it's become South Dakota's biggest political scandal of the last couple years, and it's still unfolding through investigations and legal proceedings. But despite the reams of copy written about this program and its subsequent fallout, EB-5 and what it actually did still seemed vague and obscured with jargon.
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.