Daily Republic Editorial Board
The aroma of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing will fill houses. Laughs will be shared and memories made. As Thanksgiving approaches this week, we ask everyone to take a moment to remember the joys of life and appreciate family and friends. Our lives are full of stresses and hard times. But on a day specifically set aside for giving thanks, do just that. Thanksgiving is much more than turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing.
There were some pretty strong statements from Mitchell pastors in our Saturday edition, and understandably so. Our newspaper printed a story about the decisions that many Mitchell churches are considering on whether to allow a same-sex couple to marry in their sanctuaries.
CHEERS to the pool forum last week. Our editorial board has not yet taken a stance on whether we support the indoor pool project, and we won't until the Dec. 8 vote gets closer. But we're pleased that both opinions on building the pool—the opponents and proponents—were able to voice their thoughts on the project.
Much has been said about the Blue Ribbon Task Force and its recommendations regarding teacher pay in South Dakota. Last summer, the Blue Ribbon Task Force, appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, held meetings, gathered public input, analyzed data and discussed ideas for reform. A report released Nov.
There are far too many poachers, and more needs to be done to prevent these people from intentionally committing these heinous acts. That's why we're proud of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department's law enforcement agency for its recent work in our area. For 24 hours from Sunday afternoon into Monday, cars and pickups were routed from the interstate into a rest area near White Lake for state officials to inspect whether outdoor enthusiasts were lawfully harvesting game and fish. The numbers showed this: • About 20 percent of the 3,342 vehicles that rolled through the checkpoint had
CHEERS to a Sturgis family for helping the Delmont Fire Department become fully equipped again for the first time since the May tornado that ripped through town and destroyed the fire hall. Autumn Lyons and her son, Cyrus, 9, of Sturgis, and some members of the Sturgis Fire Department delivered a wildland engine to the department last week. In return, the Delmont Fire Delmont Fire Department gave the Lyons family and the Sturgis Fire Department a plaque with a drawing from Mitchell-based artist David Finnell in honor of the heroism of firefighters.
South Dakota will soon look at its mascots and ceremonies, and we say: it's about time. A story in Thursday's edition reported on the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors' intentions to review our state's mascots. The resolution came from one of the directors, Roger Bordeaux, who is the board's at-large American Indian representative.
CHEERS to the community of Springfield for its recently completed Springfield Veterans Memorial. The project, which was five years in the making, includes the names of nearly 2,000 servicemen and women with ties to the Springfield area. We're proud of our veterans and the tremendous sacrifices they make, and we applaud the Springfield community for its effort to salute its own small-town heroes. CHEERS to the strong showing area teams and individuals had in cross country.
In case you haven't heard, it's almost Halloween. We're guessing that isn't news, since we've seen signs, streamers and scary displays scattered across town for over a month. As everything comes to a head this weekend, we hope you take some time to enjoy the signs of the season—and there's plenty to choose from. Mitchell is chock-full of Halloween and harvest-themed events this weekend, which promise fun for all ages. The one we're most excited about is, naturally, our own. (Prepare for a shameless plug). From 2 to 6 p.m.
We chuckled a little when we saw the story in today's edition that lists Rapid City as one of USA Today's 50 most picturesque towns. Not because we dispute the town's beauty—Rapid City is absolutely picturesque, and we love to visit when we can. No, what made us chuckle was the USA Today experts' assertion that they chose "small towns," one from every state. Rapid City, population roughly 70,000, is South Dakota's second-largest city.