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The 2022 South Dakota Legislative Session began Tuesday, Jan. 11. I will use this week’s column to review my legislative responsibilities between sessions, before jumping into the current session.

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I’m writing about why there should be a principal assistant for elementary schools. In my opinion, I don’t think adults nowadays know what kids want now because when they were younger, they didn’t have as much as we do now.

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I think most people should have a pet.

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Yankton County citizens will have the opportunity to hear from and submit questions to their District 18 legislators at three legislative cracker barrels sponsored by Yankton Thrive.

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What’s it like voting Democratic in South Dakota? Good, actually. There’re many of us plus there’re plenty of independent swing voters. We’re like everyone else: thoughtful and careful in making voting decisions. To me, Democrats are concerned for everyone having rights guaranteed under the …

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The latest COVID-19 surge has turned into a major stress test for every community, every hospital, every school and everything else in its path.

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The past two weeks, the Joint Appropriations Committee has been hearing agency budget requests. This will continue through the end of January.

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My opinion about cancer is that people need to care about people that have cancer. Don’t just care about yourself. Cancer means a lot to me, and whenever I watch a commercial, my heart is broken because people don’t care about people who have cancer or anything else.

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Medicaid expansion is coming before South Dakota voters in 11 months, but one high-profile state organization is not wasting any time to promote the effort, and probably for good reason.

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The 97th South Dakota legislative session officially began this past Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. This year will be a 38-day session. The last legislative day is scheduled for March 10, reserving March 28 for consideration of gubernatorial vetoes.

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The reporting of the deployment of over 100 South Dakota National Guard members to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was recognized as “a challenging day for military families.” Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said, “We’re torn, I think, as a community … but to send them away for a year is a big bite. I…

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Depression is a serious illness that many people suffer from. It’s hard when you have depression. It’s not fun to have. A lot of people give up on life because of it.

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There’s coincidence and there’s irony. The two are often confused but aren’t the same thing. Sometimes, however, they can both apply to the same situations.

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As businesses and organizations continue to struggle with staffing shortages, the Stuttering Foundation unveiled some good news for employers — according to speech experts, people who stutter tend to show significantly better than average care and perseverance in completing their workplace r…

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In my opinion social workers work as hard as they can.

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Such a pleasant surprise on Christmas Day: I had dinner at JoDean’s and the waitress took my sales slip. I thought she had to change something. Well, she never brought it back. I went to pay, and the lady said it was paid for. I was in shock. She said it was a Secret Santa. He did not want m…

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The Legislative Rules Review Committee met on Jan. 6 to continue the review of the rules brought by the Department of Health outlining changes in the procedure of chemically ending a pregnancy.

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I think reading is a huge part of society, and if we couldn’t read, the world would collapse. Without reading, we couldn’t learn, which would destroy mostly everything and we would be living uneducated lives.

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South Dakota lawmakers have officially convened in Pierre for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which figures to be intriguing as the state contemplates what to do with more than $200 million in federal aid for one-time projects.

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2020 was the start of some tough times in the venues and entertainment industries. Our venue at 6th Meridian Hop Farm west of Yankton closed and canceled all future events. Many would implicate COVID, but there was another major contributor to the closing.

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It has taken post-World War II America a long time to figure out that police, firefighters and the military are not the only heroes in our society.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Once again, the students in Mrs. Opsahl’s fifth grade class at Stewart Elementary School have written letters to the editor as part of a class project. These letters will appear in upcoming editions of the Press & Dakotan during the next several days. Thanks to the student…

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One year after the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, we now see a clear, partisan divergence in the perception of this reality — and, in the process, perhaps a clearer view of what this is all about.

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After a three month break, the Legislature convened on Wednesday, Jan. 5, to begin the 107th Legislative Session, Second Session. Senators were called into special session in September to complete the redistricting process, based on new census data.

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Ask yourself: If the Jan. 6, 2021, “protest,” “riot,” “insurrection” (or whatever you want to call it) had been carried out by some group of foreigners (e.g. Chinese, Russians, Mexicans, Iraqis, etc.) what would the American reaction be? That it was carried out by Trump supporters, then what…

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“Celebrate endings — for they precede new beginnings.” — Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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It was an end-of-year gift to read the lawyers’ report: “Coming Down From The Court: Ten Remarkable Decisions By The South Dakota Supreme Court In 2021.” (Press & Dakotan, Dec. 31) The report, written by Roger Baron and Lori K. Goad, USD School of Law, is a model for clarity and readabil…

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When we want to improve our daily lives, we may not look to Occupational Therapy (OT) as a source for solutions. OT is often thought of as relating only to employment.  However, the term “occupation” actually includes any tasks that we do during the day or in other words “skills for the job …

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The Yankton Community Feast Committee would like to extend a big “thank you” to Calvary Baptist Church for the use of their facility which allows us to serve a large number of individuals a free Thanksgiving meal.

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The arrival of 2022 finds governing bodies such as the Yankton City Commission and Yankton County Commission facing numerous challenges and opportunities.

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The universal metaphor for the arrival of a New Year is invariably the same: an image portraying the outgoing year as a bearded, battered, beaten-up, beaten-down old man handing off the reins to a baby New Year, who’ll no doubt look like its predecessor in 365 days, for whatever unforeseen reasons.

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In regard to Paul Struck’s letter of Dec. 23, 2021 (Press & Dakotan):

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The Legislative Rules Review Committee met on Dec. 27 to hear proposals from the Department of Health and from the Attorney General’s office.

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The headline story in the Dec. 21 Press and Dakotan was about Nebraska Gov. Pete Rickets issuing a “Holiday Warning” regarding the rapid spread of COVID-19 and appealing to Nebraskans to “help out by getting vaccinated.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) picked a curious moment to ease up on its recommendations for the isolation of people infected with COVID-19.  

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For many Americans — perhaps most — this week looks to a “Happy New Year” for our country, children and grandchildren.

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America has opened her arms to many legalization movements over the past 70 years. We embraced the legalization of adultery in the 1950s. We legalized divorce through no-fault laws in the 1970s. In the 1980s, we blessed the practice of loansharking, making high interest rates easy and legal.…

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The 97th session of the South Dakota Legislature will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.  This year, the legislative session will consist of 38 legislative days with the final day (the 37th day) on March 10 and Veto day (the 38th day) on March 28. During the first week, the Legislature will he…

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“Don’t be afraid.” “Peace be with you.” Angels and Jesus spoke to Zechariah and Mary and the disciples about births and the resurrection of Jesus. The angels to the shepherds — “Glory to God in the highest and on earth ‘peace.’”

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I must commend Christopher Patton for his letter in the Dec. 17, 2021, issue of the Yankton Press & Dakotan. It was one of the most well-written examples of brainwashing propaganda I have ever seen. And the “icing on the cake” was after his comments on technology destroying our country, …

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Every holiday season, I dig into Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol,” and with each yearly reading, a question nags me.

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There is so much lore tied to the Christmas season — it swirls about us like snowflakes in a snow globe — and some of these items fly in from the unlikeliest places.

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On behalf of Boys & Girls Club of Yankton, we would like to extend our best wishes to our community and donors during this holiday season. The Club couldn’t be more grateful for the outpouring of support, love and kindness we have received in 2021.

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Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, recently spoke before his colleagues. His speech coincided with the anniversary of the murder of innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He announced to his Republican colleagues that he was tired of their party stating they were the…