To the Editor: I am curious why the governor vetoed HB 1191: "an act to legalize the growth, production and processing of industrial hemp and derivative products in the state." Could it be she thought it to be too easily confused with marijuana? Hemp is a sturdy, hardy tall crop with a thick stem reaching up to 20 feet in height and little to no branching ( https://ministryofhemp.com/hemp/not-marijuana/ ). It closely resembles bamboo.
To the Editor: The New American's April 23 headline cried, "Social Security Taxes Won't Meet Payouts Starting Next Year."
To the Editor: The governor and legislators of South Dakota vowed to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. The First Amendment to the Constitution reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
To the Editor: House Bill 1270 read, "No teacher may be prohibited from helping students understand, analyze, critique, or review in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information presented in courses being taught which are aligned with the content standards established pursuant to § 13-3-48." Certainly, teachers need support in helping students but that is not what this bill was about. Proponents did not speak about helping students. They spoke of their religious beliefs and attacked accepted science revealing their dark agenda.
To the Editor: How do you like your drinking water? Agropur is preparing to serve water up with an extra serving of nitrates from their Hamlin County cheese processing plant and, according to a June 1 post in the Dakota Free Press, the county commission is willing to violate state law to allow the Canadian company to dispose of two million gallons of wastewater per day through a public right of way and into the Big Sioux River.
To the Editor: The 93rd session of the South Dakota Legislature may best be characterized by the plethora of bills introduced, a great many of which dealt with initiated measures, amendments and referenda. The dominant political party has whined about the number of ballot initiatives in the last general election ever since. Yet they have contributed mightily to those for the upcoming election. I find two of their contributions particularly ironic.
To the Editor: Senate Bill 154 read, "The Department of Transportation shall utilize native plants as landscape on any new or remodeled state properties at rest areas if it is practical and prudent to do so." This is a simple bill asks the Department of Transportation to consider native plants first in its landscaping projects. I can see no reason why anyone would object to it and yet it died in the House. It should have passed.
To the Editor: The state motto may be "Under God the People Rule" but the people are losing faith. The success of the South Dakota Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act, (IM 22) at the polls is a clear statement of the people's desire to hold government accountable. Claims of "hoodwinking" by elected officials were an assault on the intelligence of voters. Repealing the law showed the legislator's disdain for the people's will. One State Senator went so far as to invite a constituent to "move to Hawaii" at a recent cracker barrell