Daily Republic Editorial Board
We've already cheered the Ethan community for its ingenuity in preserving a century-old water tower as the topper for a new gazebo. But the story, reported on Page A1 of Saturday's edition, got us wishing we in Mitchell would have done something similar with the old Corn Palace domes. The old domes were removed earlier this month as part of a two-phase, nearly $7.2 million renovation of the city-owned arena and tourist attraction. City officials told us at that time that they had talked about trying to save the old domes, and maybe put them to use somehow.
CHEERS to the six area men who are a part of the 2014 induction class to the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Bill Sudbeck, Jim Sudbeck, Tom Sudbeck, all of Dimock; Canova Gang teammates Jerry Kampshoff and Ted Gosmire; and Frank Cutler, of Platte, make up the local men who will be honored Aug. 16 at the 82nd annual state amateur baseball tournament, held at Mitchell's Cadwell Park. The induction ceremony banquet will be Sept.
HISSES to the Mitchell mayor and City Council for further prolonging the demolition of the old Veterans of Foreign Wars building near First and Main. The council bought the building last September after it had been damaged during the demolition of the adjacent former Longhorn Bar. It was the right move to buy the building so the VFW could move out and start over, but we question why it's taking so long to complete the demolition. It'll soon be a year since the purchase of the damaged structure, and the eyesore continues to sit at downtown's doorstep.
One of the biggest struggles in today's fast-paced world is finding time to relax and recuperate. Work, school, sports and other obligations seem to take all of the day's time. Summer is especially busy. But summer is also the perfect opportunity to go to the lake and get away from the hecticness of everyday life.
We have a deep appreciation of bison, those symbols of the American West that have played such a prominent part in the history and culture of South Dakota. It's with great pride that we note South Dakota's leading role in the preservation of bison, which nearly went extinct. South Dakotans including Scotty Philip are credited with building the herds during the late 1800s and early 1900s that brought bison back from the brink, and in modern times South Dakota consistently ranks atop the list of bison-producing states.
HISSES to the decades-long, wrongheaded approach to crime that led South Dakota to have -- according to a report this week -- the 16th highest incarceration rate in the world, with no nations and only U.S. states above South Dakota on the list.
There seems little doubt that South Dakota's gas tax is about to increase. Mike Vehle, a Republican state senator from Mitchell, is chairman of a legislative summer study committee that is touring the state this month to talk about highway funding needs.
Congratulations, South Dakotans. You're wasting less money on gambling. That's bad news to some observers, since a big chunk of the money that South Dakotans lose while gambling goes to state government. Through June 14, the state's total take this year from video lottery, scratch tickets and lotto tickets was about $105.7 million.
CHEERS to Avera Queen of Peace for the progressive spirit exhibited in its long-term plan to relocate its campus to a location near Cabela's south of Interstate 90. Debates can be had about what location is best for the hospital and its affiliated facilities, and we are concerned about the effect that Mitchell's south-bound exodus continues to have on the downtown district. But we cannot fault, and really should praise, Avera for being forward-thinking and proactive.
Employees can wear jeans every Friday at The Daily Republic in exchange for $1, which goes into our Jeans for Charity Fund. Over the years, that fund has paid out thousands of dollars to local and area organizations and causes. Today, we'll conduct a special Jeans for Charity day, with larger donations encouraged for the Wessington Springs Tornado Relief Fund.