OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst
CHEERS to the grand opening of the Mitchell Indoor Aquatic Center. Drive by the pool or take a swim inside and it's hard to not be impressed with the quality of the facility that is now available in Mitchell. It was an $8 million investment that was hotly contested for most of the last four years. But now that the project is finished, it's hard to argue that the facility isn't an asset for the community and the region. And given there are two pools, two slides, play equipment, a zipline and therapy pool, there's something for everyone who makes use of the center.
HISSES to the news that 600 defendants nationwide have been accused of more than $2 billion in false billings to federal health care programs or for their role in prescribing more than 13 million illegal doses of opioids and other narcotics. That includes a Wagner man who was indicted for two counts of obtaining hydrocodone by fraud. A year ago, a similar federal sweep for fraud resulted in 412 defendants. In the words of the U.S. Attorney General, "in many cases, doctors, nurses and pharmacists take advantage of people suffering from drug addiction in order to line their pockets." Here's hoping authorities make it clear that won't be tolerated.
CHEERS to the community of Ethan for its work to build a new veterans memorial in the city's park. It took three years and about $50,000 in fundraising, but it will be a permanent tribute for the small town of fewer than 400 people. These are the types of projects that are meaningful for so many residents of the community and help leave an impression upon visitors to the community.
CHEERS to the peaceful passing of power at the most recent Mitchell City Council meeting, moving Mayor Bob Everson and the new council into place to govern. We take it for granted but it is, of course, one of the tenets of democracy. There will be disagreement but as long as civility has a place in the city's government, Mitchell will be in a good place. Let's hope Mitchell leaders continue to carry Mitchell forward and do so in a respectful, civic manner.