Daily Republic Editorial Board
South Dakota's Republican members of Congress are apparently determined to prevent water regulations from becoming their Waterloo. Like the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at the famous 1815 battle of that name, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem realize that if they're defeated, it could be their end. So, they launch strikes against the federal Environmental Protection Agency every chance they get. Lately, they've been critical of an EPA move to gain greater clean water regulatory power (as of last week, Sen.
South Dakota's Republican members of Congress are apparently determined to prevent water regulations from becoming their Waterloo. Like the famous 1815 battle of that name, which ended the career of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, a loss on water regulations could be politically fatal for Sen. John Thune and Rep. Kristi Noem. So, they launch strikes against the federal Environmental Protection Agency every chance they get. Lately, they've been critical of an EPA move to gain greater clean water regulatory power (as of last week, Sen.
CHEERS to the people trying to preserve the Leahy Bowl in Winner. The grand old ballpark suffered a broken light tower during a wind storm last month. The Winner Baseball...
When South Dakota legislators attend the committee or board meetings of a nationwide, nonpartisan association of lawmakers from across the country, it's reasonable to pay the legislators' expenses with the public's money. When legislators attend political events, that's a different matter.
We've heard the complaints about the new school lunches. The kids don't like the healthier food. The kids don't get enough to eat. Too much of the food is wasted. Most recently, we learned from Mitchell school officials that more than 10 cents might have to be added to the $2.40 lunch charge for elementary students, and the $2.60 charge for high school students. This is a classic case of being careful what you wish for. People in this country have been demanding a solution to childhood obesity for years.
Mitchell has made great strides toward becoming a pedestrian-friendly city. A program of sidewalk construction undertaken by the city's Public Works Department and supported by the mayor and City Council has has added many new sidewalks to the city. Each year, the city selects an area to focus on. The approach has resulted in better pedestrian pathways to parks, schools and other public facilities.
CHEERS to Mitchell's new sports authority, which was created last year and will help bring a national ice fishing tournament next winter to Lake Mitchell. The authority is funded by a $1-per-night tax on occupied hotel and motel rooms in the city, the revenue from which also helped fund the construction of the second indoor ice rink at the Mitchell Activities Center. It's good to see the authority is helping attract events to Mitchell, which is exactly what it was created to do. HISSES to state Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, for his crass Facebook rant against gay people.
We've never understood why the Chamberlain School Board won't allow the school district's American Indian students to have an honor song at graduation. It seems like such a small thing to ask, and something that would only extend by a few minutes a ceremony that attendees fully expect to be lengthy. By refusing to budge on the issue these past couple of years, board members have turned a simple request into a divisive controversy. All along, we've failed to see how an honor song could be harmful in any way.
Richard Benda, the former secretary of tourism and state development, committed suicide in October in rural Lake Andes. Soon afterward, it was reported that he was caught up in a couple of investigations. One examined his conduct while he worked for the state, and the other, which is still ongoing, examined a federal investor-immigration program that he worked closely with at a beef plant in Aberdeen. Because Benda took his own life, there are some questions about his activities that will never be answered. But the state investigation did divulge a number of things.
Sometimes it takes an outsider to really see things as they are within an organization. We were reminded of that Friday when a group of South Dakota State University landscape and architecture students issued their recommendations for the city of Mitchell. One of the recommendations is a pedestrian bridge to connect the Dry Run Creek recreational trail to the downtown area.