Daily Republic Editorial Board
South Dakota must invest in its pheasants. The state needs to be on the leading edge of studies committed to learning more about the non-native upland game bird, particularly due to pheasant hunting's impact as a driving force of our state's economy. If that means spending hours, days, weeks and years to uncover new information, we say it's worth it. If that means spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, we say go for it.
CHEERS to the several area high school student-athletes who will continue their football careers this fall. On National Signing Day last Wednesday, Dakota Wesleyan University inked 34 players, including 21 South Dakotans and six Mitchell Kernels who are fresh off a Class 11AA state title victory. DWU also brought in seven more Mitchell-area players, ranging from McCook Central/Montrose to Colome. And other area athletes, including three players from the Class 11B powerhouse Winner Warriors, also signed on to continue their football careers while advancing their education.
If there's a street in Mitchell that needs some work, it's Sanborn Boulevard. After recent street projects on Spruce Street and Fifth Avenue — with construction on Burr Street right around the corner — we're pleased to hear Sanborn is next on the list, even if it comes with a $9 million price tag as advertised. The project was discussed at Monday's Mitchell City Council work session, and is expected to kick off in 2018. And a reconstruction of Sanborn couldn't come sooner.
Now's the time to speak up about Mitchell's recycling services. On Friday, Mayor Jerry Toomey enacted a veto on the City Council's decision to go with Dependable Recycling for Mitchell's recycling services. Toomey cited dozens of concerned residents contacting him via phone and email with their displeasure of Dependable before and after the council voted 6-1 on Jan. 17 to renew the company's annual bid for the work.
HISSES to a seemingly bad week for drivers on South Dakota roads. Due to bad winter weather and blowing snow, there were reports of vehicles going in the ditch and injury crashes. We reported on two fatal crashes last week, an ambulance that rolled due to icy roads and a Jerauld County deputy who thankfully avoided injury when a semi crashed into her patrol car while the officer was working the scene of another vehicle in the ditch.
South Dakota’s farmers and ranchers have cause for concern following President Trump’s decision Monday to formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. South Dakota’s top industry, agriculture, received an immediate blow when Trump fulfilled one of his campaign pledges to end American involvement in the 2015 pact. That’s because about one out of every three acres harvested in the state is exported outside of the country, U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said in 2015.
“The paper is a thing of past for a lot of people.” That comment was made by Mitchell City Councilwoman Bev Robinson at the group’s most recent meeting last week. Robinson — appointed to the council by Mayor Jerry Toomey when Randy Doescher vacated his seat — is certainly entitled to her opinion. But it’s not correct. In fact, the content produced by our newspaper has never been viewed more when accounting for print and online readers, and we have figures to prove that.
HISSES to what one official called an “unfortunate incident” that led to the destruction of evidence. On Saturday, our newspaper reported that a vehicle involved in a fatal crash last year was removed from a lot in Wagner and was later crushed before all investigators could analyze it. The vehicle was driven by Albert Fischer, who pleaded no contest to hit-and-run causing death or injury. The crash killed his brother, James Fischer.
Mitchell area ballplayers got some good news Tuesday night. During Tuesday night’s Mitchell City Council meeting, the Mitchell Baseball Association (MBA) was given the go-ahead to start fundraising for an 80-foot by 120-foot training facility on city-owned land.
Are parents today allowing tablets and TVs to raise their children? Perhaps some are, and we hope those people take notice of a new recommendation released by the American Academy of Pediatrics that show the acceptable amount of screen time for young children.