Parks plan will only improve Custer

In just a few months, the Custer Parks and Recreation Board will have a guiding light in regards to the community parks and recreation spaces. The guiding light comes in the form of a master plan which is being created by KLJ, an engineering and planning firm from Rapid City. Once completed, the plan will […]

Get out the vote

I truly believe that voting is not just a right; it’s a sacred responsibility. There are no more influential civic activities than voting. It takes a few minutes but has impact for years to come. When I think of the many who struggled, suffered, fought and died for our right to vote, I’m motivated all […]

A humble, heartfelt ‘thank you’

It’s not often that I’m left speechless. In fact, I can probably count on one hand the times that has happened. And last Thursday was one of those moments. My day started out (somewhat) normal: me in a hurry for work; trying to find my left shoe with a Pop Tart in my mouth. However, […]

What can you say?

We don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said about the presidential candidates in the upcoming November election. Both supporting sides have dug their heels in and will probably vote for their party’s candidate no matter what. Some say they will sit it out because of the extremely flawed candidates both political parties […]

Let’s get this over with, already

Many times when I write my column I have people stop to talk to me about it, which I appreciate. Whether you loved it, hated it or didn’t feel strongly about it either way, I appreciate you taking the time to read the column. Oftentimes people don’t agree with my opinion. And that’s OK. This is a […]

Where are the real honest people?

When you look at the current state of national politics and this entire Obama administration fiasco in Washington, D.C., you have to ask yourself if there are any honest people left in the world. Even at the state level in South Dakota we have had fraud and abuse in things like the EB-5 Program involving […]

Thoughts on the Roundup and forum

The Buffalo Roundup weekend is a blast. The town is packed. The art fair, venues and auction are worthy events in their own right. It’s the perfect shoulder season event, a kick off to Thanksgiving and the 11 Fridays to go until Christmas. Yes, the year is almost gone. I attended the Roundup this year […]

Newspapers are not a dying idea

Imagine waking up in a world without newspapers. “Ha!” You say, “I haven’t gotten a newspaper in years.” But I’m not talking about just the paper delivered by carriers or the postal service. I’m talking about the news online, the links on social media, the email newsletter, the source cited in the television broadcast and […]

Take a ride on the wild side

Norma and I took advantage of a media invitation Saturday morning to a ribbon cutting and demonstration rides of the newest family attraction in the Southern Black Hills. The Rush Mountain Coaster Ride five miles east of Keystone on Highway 40 is now open after several months of delay due to a zoning issue that […]

A plea for supporting Marsy’s Law

In the coming weeks leading up to the election, we’re going to hear a lot of talking. Talking about emails, walls, borders and making America great again. Face it, with the magnitude of this year’s election, there’s just no way around the talk. But while all that talking is going on, let’s not forget about […]

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