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Our view: Hisses and cheers

CHEERS to the Dakota Wesleyan University men's and women's basketball teams, which enter postseason play this week.

The DWU men won four of their last five games and the women's team was riding a nine-game win streak prior to Saturday's road loss against No. 2-ranked Concordia.

If last week's regular-season finale at the Corn Palace is any indication, we expect a massive crowd during this week's conference tournament doubleheader at the Corn Palace.

We want to see waves of blue and white cheering on the Tigers.

HISSES to the political debates, bickering and finger-pointing that have ensued following the tragic mass shooting last week in Florida.

We've seen and heard far too many arguments about gun control and mental health after this horrible event that killed 17 people and injured more.

The fact is the alleged shooter decided to bring a gun to a school with the intent to harm others. We need to mourn the loss of the victims of this massacre and continue to have fair, honest discussions on how to prevent these shootings from happening in the future.

CHEERS to the great turnout at the 2018 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic.

Nearly 29,000 people attended the three-day show, which was well beyond the 20,000-mark some officials were estimating prior to the event.

South Dakotans and people from all across the nation showed up to be a part of the big weekend, which had great turnout from regional towns and businesses.

We're also glad to see so many people are taking a strong approach to improving habitat in South Dakota in hopes of improving bird numbers for future generations.

HISSES to an uncertain future for Mitchell School District tutoring programs.

Last week, it was announced that funding for the Building 21st Century tutoring programs at many of Mitchell's elementary schools and middle school may be gone. That means portions of contracts for certain teachers were not renewed.

We applaud the school district for putting forth a strong effort to get the grant renewed, which could come through in July or August. Programs like this one help make Mitchell a great school district, and we hope to see it continue.