What’s Christmas without controversy?

It’s Christmas, and that always means two things—people spending way too much money on presents people don’t need, and professional malcontents going out of their way to be offended by something generally regarded as innocuous by sane people. This year’s offense de jour? The song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Everyone has heard the song a […]

Ignorance behind anti-Semitism in U.S., the world

Having just returned from a trip to Israel, which included a tour of the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, we have been dismayed to hear...

Great chapter in my book of life

With pen in hand I struggle to write this, my last column as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. Perhaps Winnie the Pooh said it best when he said “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” I’m very thankful that Gov. Daugaard invited me to be […]

The left’s fossil fuel obstruction tactics

The U.S. economy is growing, in part because of a booming energy industry. Yet not everyone is pleased and some are looking for ways...

Nagging questions still remain

I recently received an email from an online grocery store about which products were on sale or new. I noted with interest  “recycled toilet paper.” That brought to mind some images that ought not to be brought up. And that reminded me of an incident from long ago. E. E. “Hans” Hansen was the publisher […]

Making progress on teacher pay

As I enter my final weeks as governor, many people are asking me to reflect on my time in office. I’m not a person...

Behave or get the royal boot

I have been observing the antics of CNN’s showboating White House correspondent Jim Acosta for a while now and must say he is a poor example of our journalistic trade. Acosta recently got the boot from the White House grounds after repeatedly interrupting the president at his press conference and press secretary Sarah Sanders at […]

Time for all to give thanks

Thursday we mark another Thanksgiving holiday in America. We certainly have enough to be thankful for. Let’s start with the fact that the Nov....

Cultivating the gratitude attitude

Several months ago I wrote in this column about Flag Day as being one of two “forgotten holidays” on the calendar. This week is the other one.  Between the totally overblown celebration of Halloween and the colossally commercialized Christmas season (which seems to start right after Labor Day nowadays!) Thanksgiving seems to get lost in […]

We should have caught those political words

We received two letters to the editor last week from people who took issue with the content of District 30 Rep. Tim Goodwin’s column...

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