October 17, 2011 in The Daily Republic
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January 14, 2011 in The Daily Republic
Do more to track victims before granting clemency
Former Gov. Mike Rounds did not receive all the necessary information when he granted clemency for a convicted killer in late December.
So he has done what he can to try and remedy that. Acting upon a recommendation from state corrections officials, Rounds granted clemency to Joaquin Jack Ramos, who had been sentenced to life in prison after shooting his fiancee, Debbie Martines, during a drunken fit of rage.
Ramos had been a model prisoner, according to the recommendation, prompting Rounds to reduce his life sentence and make Ramos eligible for parole in 2013. Continue Reading
January 7, 2011 in The Daily Republic
Increase in 911 services surcharge is warranted
Twenty years is a long time to offer growing 911 services without any revenue increases.
We hope a study requested by the South Dakota 911 Coordination Board will produce good suggestions of how to use the service’s revenue streams most efficiently. Continue Reading
December 17, 2010 in The Daily Republic
Inmate workers cut costs
State corrections officials have assigned some inmates to work on the construction of a new minimum-security prison in Rapid City.
It’s a simple concept that should be put to greater use.
Putting inmates to work supports rehabilitation of prisoners while saving taxpayers money. Continue Reading
November 5, 2010 in The Daily Republic
South Dakota’s new Republican congresswoman, Kristi Noem, won a hard-fought battle by a hair, defeating U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin by a mere 2 percent of the vote.
Conservative West River voters tipped the scales in Noem’s favor as election night wore on, prompting Noem to proclaim: “My heart is in West River.”
October 1, 2010 in The Daily Republic
Job of Herseth Sandlin’s husband no laughing matter
It’s less than reassuring that U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin finds questions about her husband’s job to be “laughable.”
Max Sandlin, a former Texas congressman who married the congresswoman in 2007, is a political lobbyist.
Kristi Noem, who is challenging Herseth Sandlin for South Dakota’s only House seat, says the situation generates improper influence. Continue Reading
September 24, 2010 in The Daily Republic
Booster seats should be required in South Dakota
South Dakota is one of only three states without a law mandating the use of child booster seats.
That embarrassing distinction borders on child neglect. Last week, it also, prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to call for a change. Continue Reading
September 3, 2010 in The Daily Republic
State Fair is becoming what S.D. residents want it to be
The 125th edition of the South Dakota State Fair recently opened, and we’re pleased to see it in better financial health.
For most of the last decade, the future of the State Fair has been vigorously debated in the state Legislature. Financial troubles, scheduling challenges and the changing demographics of South Dakota all played a role. Continue Reading