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OUR VIEW: Hisses and cheers

By The Daily Republic Editorial Board CHEERS to Achievement Days, which have begun in counties throughout South Dakota. We like Achievement Days for the same reason we like the State Fair -- it's great to see South Dakota kids engaging in activit...

By The Daily Republic Editorial Board

CHEERS to Achievement Days, which have begun in counties throughout South Dakota. We like Achievement Days for the same reason we like the State Fair -- it's great to see South Dakota kids engaging in activities that give a nod toward our state's agricultural heritage. Achievement Days definitely is one of those activities.

CHEERS to the beautiful, moderate temperatures that have been around for the past few weeks. As we all know, this time of year generally is stifling around these parts, but we've been blessed to have conditions more suited for mid-September. Long-range forecasts show that this weather could be around for a while, too, so be sure to enjoy it while it lasts.

CHEERS to the excellent state tournament held over the weekend at Cadwell Park. The state Class AA teener tournament didn't end the way we hoped -- Mitchell was eliminated -- but the tournament still lived up to the city's high standards. Even as rain fell and delayed games, the tournament went on.

CHEERS to the Area Community Theatre, which this month is presenting the musical "Grease." We admit we have not attended this production, but we have heard it's a gem. When people are talking on the streets about local talent, that means something. ACT always does a great job with its productions.

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HISSES to the confusion regarding the Keystone pipeline and the reports of how many jobs it could potentially create. President Obama says approximately 2,000 jobs will be created if the pipeline is approved, while the Keystone company says it's going to be more like 13,000. Considering this project has been a political hot potato, it's difficult to know who to believe. Meanwhile, the project is stalled.

CHEERS to Armour High School, which recently was declared the top high school in South Dakota, according to scores from the state Department of Education. The ratings are based upon the state's new accountability system.

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