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Our View: Week in review: the best, worst

CHEERS to this interesting email, delivered to The Daily Republic's newsroom. According to futurist McKinley Conway, "the world's biggest boom" is looming on the horizon. Conway, of Georgia, said that "pessimists cite our many problems and foreca...

CHEERS to this interesting email, delivered to The Daily Republic's newsroom. According to futurist McKinley Conway, "the world's biggest boom" is looming on the horizon. Conway, of Georgia, said that "pessimists cite our many problems and forecast gloom and doom for the world. They are wrong. Dead wrong. A systematic scrutiny of the factors at play tells us that the future will bring a host of positive experiences and exciting times. A period of unprecedented global development lies just ahead. It will energize world economies and provide new hopes and opportunities for people of many nations. The great new era will start in the 2010-20 decade and build to a peak by 2050." Conway, the email notes, has been prognosticating about the future for more than 50 years. What the email did not tell us is his success rate.

HISSES to the terrible news that came over The Associated Press wire from Montana. Tuesday, it was reported by the AP that a 2-year-old somehow got outside of his home in the eastern Montana town of Wibaux on Christmas Eve and died of exposure as family members slept. The little boy was from Illinois, but was visiting relatives in Montana for Christmas.

CHEERS to the sledding hill near Lake Mitchell. Known simply as the "amphitheater," the place was buzzing with activity over the weekend as kids took advantage of the fresh snow, which came to approximately 19 inches and which provided a great surface for holiday sledding. Yes, we know the hill has been tabbed as a possible location for future development, and we can't say we're against such plans if they ever do become reality. But for now, it's best to just enjoy the hill, not for what it someday can be, but for what it is today: A great place for kids to spend an afternoon on a winter day.

CHEERS to the many H1N1 influenza clinics that have been held in the Mitchell region in recent weeks. In the past two weeks especially, there have been numerous clinics in Mitchell and surrounding towns, offering residents a place to get vaccinated against that dangerous and pesky H1N1 strain of influenza. We suggest residents take advantage when these clinics are held in their town.

CHEERS to news that state sales taxes were down 2.46 percent in the third quarter of 2009. Say what? Cheers? Yes, you heard right. South Dakota's sales tax revenue was indeed down during that time span, but the state was much better off than many other states. Consider this: Alaska's third-quarter revenue was down 65 percent. So while we may have some disappointment that the recession has its grips on South Dakota -- just like it does on the rest of the nation -- we're happy it's not as bad here as it is elsewhere. As for this nasty recession, we hope for true good news in 2010.

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