Daily Republic Editorial Board
Monday's edition of The Daily Republic was chock-full of news about the positive weekend exploits of this area's young people. The Mitchell High School girls' basketball team placed second in the Class AA tournament, and team leader Macy Miller ended a historic season in which she broke numerous records. The teams from Winner and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket also placed second in their respective classes, A and B, and several other Mitchell-area teams participated in the tournaments.
Week in review: the best, worst CHEERS to outgoing publisher Korrie Wenzel for his outstanding service to this newspaper since, as he described in his fi nal column Friday, he wrote seeking a job here as a sportswriter 23 years ago. His tenure as publisher included a redesign of the newspaper, the implementation of a color Sports page for the fi rst time in the newspaper’s history, and the doubling of the print plant’s commercial work, among numerous other accomplishments.
A good idea comes our way from Pierre, where lottery officials are proposing a comprehensive study on gambling addiction in South Dakota. If it happens, it would be the first such study in 15 years in our state, which relies heavily on proceeds from gambling. But some members of the state Legislature see a problem: letting the South Dakota Lottery conduct the study seems akin to "the fox guarding the henhouse," in the words of Rep. Scott Craig, R-Rapid City.
It's state basketball tournament time, and with it comes the annual thrill of championships, great sportsmanship and lasting memories. Oh, and the headaches associated with finding hotel rooms.
HISSES to a recent statistic that showed that many South Dakotans are vulnerable to Internet fraud. The American Association of Retired Persons has noted that one in four Internet users across our state be at an increased risk of being victimized. The study found that a combination of online behaviors and life experiences puts a person at the greatest risk of being scammed.
This is South Dakota, where snowstorms howl and rage and generally make things miserable for residents from border to border. That's just how it is here. It's also why we don't agree with Joe Lowe, a Democrat who wants to run for governor, when he criticizes Gov. Dennis Daugaard's response to an offseason blizzard that blitzed the state in October.
The Daily Republic has won a prestigious national award for its recent efforts in the name of government openness. We've documented it quite well, but here's a quick recap: A reader from Huron called and asked us to look into a secret agreement between the Huron school board and a former superintendent of that district.
CHEERS to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital's upcoming fundraiser, "Roses ... Just Because." Through this project, people are able to purchase a dozen long-stemmed roses for $25 to help support diabetes.
A proposed new football stadium on the campus of South Dakota State University passed another test this week, and we hope it continues its push through the Legislature. The plan is to build a stadium at a cost of approximately $60 million to $65 million that would have enough seating for more than 19,000 fans. The school has raised approximately $20 million and expects to come up with another $7 million.
The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded, and we're sad to see them go. Once again, we enjoyed the respite from the Big 4 of sports (basketball, football, baseball and hockey) to explore new and fascinating events like the biathalon, curling and half-pipe snowboarding. But where were the South Dakotans? All but 12 U.S. states had at least one Olympian in this year's Winter Games, and South Dakota and Delaware stand alone as the only northern states without representation.