Rep. Kristi Noem
I still remember the first time Bryon and I heard our oldest daughter Kassidy's heartbeat. There was no baby bump — yet. No baby clothes in the closet. No name picked out. I'm not even sure how many people in our family knew we were expecting at that point, but with the rapid, muffled thuds of our baby's heartbeat in the background, we knew our lives were already changed.
As the temperature ticks upward and the last day of school inches closer, many are starting to think about their summer vacation plans. While schedules only seem to get busier, our family still tries to make it out to the Black Hills many times throughout the year, although we especially love those summer months and their longer days. There’s just nothing like the hiking, the serenity, and – of course – the faces that a person finds in the Hills. Over the years, however, we’ve seen the landscape change.
When a young woman wanted to turn a love of fashion into a gainful career, she didn’t have to leave South Dakota’s landscape for New York’s cityscapes. She could start her business here and sell nationwide with just the click of a mouse.
If you're a family making less than $50,000 annually in South Dakota, you likely spend double the national average on energy every year. It's one of the largest monthly expenses for many, so if we have the opportunity to drive those costs down, we ought to take it.
For many, preparing for Tax Day only highlights just how much of a person's paycheck is redirected straight into the federal government's bank account. The truth is our tax returns only tell part of the story. Federal regulations add thousands of dollars more in hidden costs every year for South Dakota families. I've heard from many that "enough is enough" — and I agree. So regardless of if it's tax or regulatory reform, I'm focused on giving you more financial independence.
I love what Bridger Gordon, a student from Whitewood, wrote about agriculture: "Agriculture encompasses — and enhances — the environment, harnessing soil, water, sunlight to produce food, habitat, employment." That observation helped Bridger win a national essay contest this year, which came with a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington, DC, to celebrate National Ag Day on March 21.
When we talk about health care, we're talking about something that is very personal to people. It's why I've so often looked for ways to put you, the patient, in control of your own health care. Since Obamacare came into play, however, rising costs, shrinking options and increased bureaucratic involvement has resulted in control being taken away from patients and their doctors.
There is no role more directly within the federal government's jurisdiction than ensuring our nation's security. Our Constitution was written to assure that "We the People ... in Order to ... insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence ... and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution ..."
My dad woke up at the crack of dawn almost every day in pursuit of his American Dream to build a farm large enough that his kids could grow up and farm together, if we wanted to. It's the same reason most parents get up and go to work every morning; they're trying to give their kids something they didn't have.
March 4, 1797, marked one of the most important days in American history: the inauguration of our second president and the first transition of power.