Rep. Kristi Noem
For potentially thousands of young women, the Super Bowl is anything but a game. It’s another opening for exploitation. In recent years, there has been a lot of conversation about...
From the time that I was a little girl, Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home For Christmas" has been one of my favorite Christmas songs. I remember singing along with it while it played on the radio, and I admit that I didn't grasp the song's true weight until I got a little older. The lyrics were originally written in 1942—just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Many of our young soldiers wouldn't make it home for the snow or mistletoe that year.
This year, nearly a quarter-million women will learn they have breast cancer. As a result of earlier detection through screenings and awareness as well as advances in treatment options, the vast majority of these women will earn the title of "survivor." In August, I had the opportunity to visit one of the medical centers working to combat this disease in South Dakota. While there, I spoke with the doctors and nurses about all the ways they are getting information to patients quickly and accurately and how it can help throughout the treatment journey.
Nearly one in three health insurance plans sold nationwide on HealthCare.gov next year will see double-digit rate increases. In South Dakota, those kinds of increases are expected for 100 percent of the plans, according to an analysis done by Agile Health Insurance in September. The president's health care law fundamentally failed to drive down the cost of health care in this country, and now hard-working families are left to foot an ever-increasing bill. Congressional Republicans have tried many different approaches to repeal the president's bill in full, and even in part.
We got together recently with some of the family for a quick lunch after church one Sunday. My brother-in-law, Wesley, had apparently had enough of seeing everyone on their phones during the meal, so he declared it a "No Cell Phone Event." We all pulled our phones out and stacked them one on top of the other in the middle of the table. If only for an hour, we were going to go without our devices. And you know what?
It's back to school, and for most South Dakota students, that means back to school lunches. Once again this year, schools are facing even more stringent restrictions regarding what they can put on our kids' plates. As a mom, I think it's gone too far. I want to do everything I can to make sure my kids are eating healthy and learning healthy habits. It's one of the most important things we can do for our children. But I also know that if the food doesn't taste good and half of it is pushed off the tray at the end of the meal, it's not doing them any favors.
Earlier this month, I met Maddie. Maddie is 14 years old and from Sioux Falls. She's an incredible singer and a dedicated dancer with dreams of appearing on Broadway someday. And she, like 42,000 other South Dakotans, lives with diabetes. Maddie has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for half of her life. She was only seven when she was diagnosed. Her parents had noticed a significant uptick in the amount of water Maddie was drinking, and even with the increased water intake, Maddie seemed dehydrated.
I have known Lynn Popham for a long time — more than two decades, I suppose. We've spent hours together at ball games, rodeos, and our kids' school events. She's an incredible mom to two young men, a hard worker, a trusted neighbor and a tremendous asset to our community. Last December, Lynn learned she had Stage 2 breast cancer. This year alone, approximately 230,000 women are expected to learn that they, too, must fight breast cancer, according to the latest data from the American Cancer Society. Just over 2,000 men will also have to battle the disease.
In his speech before Congress last March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled the Book of Esther, explaining how this ancient queen exposed a plot to destroy the Jewish people and, as a result, ensured good triumphed over evil. As Netanyahu went on to explain, the Jewish people once again face an adversary who seeks to destroy them—an adversary who is on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon.
America's protection of property rights has always set us apart from others around the globe, but it's an American value that is under attack today. On May 27, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule that could represent one of the largest federal land grabs in United States history. In the swoop of a regulatory pen, the EPA expanded the federal government's control to include small and seasonal bodies of water.