Daily Republic Editorial Board
It takes a pretty wild phone call or letter to the editor from our readers to surprise us. As a news outlet that covers a large area of South Dakota, we've taken our share of complaints, unusual requests and heard some bizarre tips. To be clear, we absolutely love news tips and when our readers tell us their opinion of our paper. But a phone call that came in Tuesday morning from one of our readers left us almost speechless.
In a landmark move, the Food and Drug Administration issued new rules last week to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. Introduced about 10 years ago were e-cigarettes, the alternative to cigarettes that allow the user to inhale nicotine through vapor rather than actual smoke from burning tobacco. The federal regulations issued Thursday are the first of their kind on e-cigarettes, as it was previously a free-for-all market. Anyone could purchase them.
CHEERS to all the recent graduates, the students who are completing their high school or college education. Mitchell Technical Institute and Dakota Wesleyan University have already held their graduation ceremonies, and soon will be the local high schools. Now is an exciting time of year full of change. It's especially rewarding for students graduating college because of the years of studying to prepare for the workforce. High schoolers will soon be preparing to leave for college and enter a period that has such long-lasting impact on life.
Mitchell is a great place to live—as long as you don't walk, skateboard or stand where and when you shouldn't.
CHEERS to Mitchell Technical Institute and its Architectural Design and Building Construction program, which hit a milestone last week with the completion of its 100th house. Since the school's inception in 1968, the architectural design and building construction programs have allowed students the opportunity to design and build homes in both the shop on campus and on-site in Mitchell.
Curt Hart is passionate about Dakota Wesleyan University. That's known pretty well by DWU supporters. Hart was honored Wednesday for his legacy at Wesleyan after seven-plus years as holding the university's top position in the athletics department. Several students, faculty, athletes and school supporters were in attendance to give praise to Hart, who helped DWU through ups and downs at the school.
Mitchell has been known for decades as a basketball community through successful programs at the high school and Dakota Wesleyan University. Now, more basketball is coming to Mitchell. A professional basketball team returns to our city after a lengthy hiatus. The Dakota Magic will be Mitchell's first professional team since 2001-02, when the South Dakota Gold played one season in Mitchell for the International Basketball Association. The South Dakota Gold and the IBA folded after that season.
CHEERS to Mitchell Senior Patrol Officer Dan Kopfmann, who last week was honored as the American Legion Post 18's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Kopfmann also was honored regionally as the law enforcement officer for the 13-county district and is eligible to be named the American Legion Officer of the Year for the state of South Dakota. Kopfmann's work is very valuable to our city, as he serves as coordinator for the South Central Alcohol Task Force, which ensures businesses are compliant in lawfully selling alcohol.
The problems with the EB-5 program are growing, which is why national reforms to the program are needed. South Dakotans know EB-5 as that awkward term associated with the October 2013 death of Richard Benda, who was the economic development secretary when he signed a contract with SDRC — led by Joop Bollen — to take over the foreign-investor program.
There's an article written by Senior Fisheries Biologist Jake Davis in the most recent South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Conservation Digest magazine that explains the risks of anglers taking fish management into their own hands. "What do you do if the species of fish you want does not exist in your favorite fishery?" the article reads. "Just add it? Seems like a simple solution; however, that simple solution can have serious consequences for both the fishery and its users."