THUMBS UP to another long-empty space in the heart of the city being developed. Earlier this week, the Yankton City Commission voted to approve the sale of 2.7 acres of land at the corner of Fourth St. and Burleigh St. Though the nature of the development has yet to be revealed, renderings show plans for at least four single-story buildings with a central parking lot. It’s good to see even more development in town potentially moving forward.
Unfortunately, we’re forced to do this one a lot, but THUMBS DOWN to tepid turnout for Tuesday’s Yankton School District opt-out vote. This comes with a qualifier, because the 26.6% turnout was actually pretty good compared to other local winter/spring elections. Still, almost one out of four people chose not to have a say in the direction of education and/or the direction of their taxes. Of course, we’re all accustomed to this by now, which is also unfortunate. As we always say, maybe next time …
THUMBS UP to all those involved with the Yankton High School one-act production “Macbeth,” which brought home numerous Superior honors at last week’s state One-Act Play Festival in Sioux Falls. The play, directed by Keith Goeden and Pam Kallis, was an ambitious retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, all told within the rigid rules of the one-act play format. These rules — which allow for only 45 minutes for the set-up, takedown and performance of the play — often compel directors to make intriguingly creative decisions on, say, the functionality of the set and the content of the play. (Goeden said he had to pare down and/or alter some elements from the original story to fit “Macbeth” into this format.) Congratulations to the YHS cast and crew.
Every year in probably every state Legislature, there are bills that pop up that defy sensibility. THUMBS DOWN to one such South Dakota bill, Senate Bill 103, which attempted to protect the Electoral College system of picking a president from efforts to do away with it and instead go with a popular vote. So far, that’s fair enough. But it wanted to do this by delaying the public release of vote totals in a presidential election until the Electoral College vote was held, usually in December. That means South Dakotans would have been left in the dark about their own presidential vote for weeks. The Senate tabled the bill 32-1 Wednesday. But the bill itself practically makes a case FOR doing away with the Electoral College by subordinating the people’s vote — and their right to know the result of the election in which they themselves participated. “Government of the people,” anyone? This was a dumb bill that deserves oblivion.