April 22, 2011 in The Daily Republic
The reorganization of South Dakota’s Cooperative Extension Service won’t be easy.
Not only is Extension a valuable resource for farmers and ag professionals, but it’s also a tradition dating back generations.
The restructuring, announced recently by Barry Dunn, dean of the School of Agriculture at South Dakota State University in Brookings, will move Extension Services from county-by-county service to regional centers and offer more online service. Continue Reading
March 4, 2011 in The Daily Republic
New courtroom policy will mean no change in practice
The South Dakota Supreme Court has approved a new policy regarding cameras and electronic recording equipment in trial-level courtrooms, but the result will be no change from the present.
A bit of background: In 2001, the state Supreme Court decided to allow cameras and other recording devices into its courtrooms. Policies were established, including the use of “pool” equipment (one TV camera that all TV stations would share). The decision has been declared a broad success. Continue Reading
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
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
December 10, 2010 in The Daily Republic
Proposed cut to education funding is just too much
Funding for K-12 public education shouldn’t be seen as untouchable, but it does deserve special consideration when compared with other state-funded services.
So it’s disappointing to see the final budget proposal of Gov. Mike Rounds’ administration fail to acknowledge that distinction. Continue Reading
November 19, 2010 in The Daily Republic
Solutions getting tougher as state’s budget hole remains
On Dec. 7, Gov. Mike Rounds will make his recommendations for the 2012 state budget to the Legislature. Those recommendations will provide a starting point for the 2011 session of the South Dakota Legislature, which is staring at a budget shortfall of at least $39 million. When that shortfall is dealt with and it will be because state law requires a balanced budget lawmakers already know there is another $37 million projected deficit for the next (2013) budget. Continue Reading
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 17, 2010 in The Daily Republic
Rounds’ budget cuts are a good place to start
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds is completing his final months before leaving the governor’s chair to a new occupant. Rounds is near the end of his second term and, because of term limits, cannot seek a third consecutive term. … The governor is tackling the projected state budget deficit for the next fiscal year and is looking for ways to help the new governor and the next Legislature deal with it. 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