College degrees and their debt

There’s no doubt students who decide to pursue higher education at one of the many universities and colleges throughout the United States are making a significant investment in their future, but a vast majority of them end up trading their cap and gown for a mountain of debt and uncertainty. In fact, 70 percent of […]

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 […]

The art of documenting wildfire

The best stories are formed from many voices into one narrative. Often the story pivots on the willingness of many people to say yes when it would be easier to say no. There is risk involved in saying yes.  There is loss involved in saying no. Thankfully for many of us in the wildland fire […]

A new system to serve all students

Nearly 50 cents of every state tax dollar goes to education. That includes funding for our public universities, technical schools, and the state Department...

No place to send drug addicts in SD

It’s no secret in South Dakota that the drug court system is badly broken. Just talk to any country sheriff, police chief, county prosecutor or judge. The state legislature has imposed sentencing laws that virtually make it impossible for drug offenders to get out of the system and find rehabilitation programs that work. That’s why […]

The world is not the same as in ‘my day’

My little 20-month-old grandson and I were swinging on the front porch recently when we heard someone in our road district target shooting. The unexpected sound sent him into my arms. “Up, up, muh, muh,” he said each time a shot was fired in the distance. When an airplane went over our house, that sound […]

The Red Hen shot the messenger

We are suffering an uncivil, civil war in this summer of our discontent. This war is characterized by various behaviors, like throwing people out of restaurants because they work for President Trump, or berating people publicly because they are government policy makers. The latest dust up happened in Lexington, Virginia (not Massachusetts) where that enlightened […]

City between a rock and a hard place

It’s times like these city council members probably wonder what they were thinking by running for office. The Custer City Council seemingly has the quandary of quandaries to deal with as it wrestles with what to do with the ever-increasing vacation rentals within city limits. There are passionate arguments to be made on both sides […]

A visit to the cemetery

As Memorial Day approaches, it is a great time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contributions they made […]

I think I’ll be younger

Charley is fond of asking people if they didn’t know how old they were, how old would they be. Are you really as old as you feel? There may be some truth to that. In fact, I’ve decided to be younger. Think it can’t be done? According to Lynne McTaggart and Bryan Hubbard, editors of […]

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