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Reconsider repealing grocery sales taxRepresentative Tim Reisch of District 8 recently published his thoughts in the Kingsbury Journal on the reduction of the state sales tax from 4.5 percent to 4.2 … more
This may have been in before, but with spring training starting soon in Arizona, I had to dig this out. If you give a boy a baseball, he will want a bat to go with it. You’ll buy him the best bat … more
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time to share a traditional Irish recipe and talk more about this special soda bread. For anyone born and raised … more
With each passing minute, the crowd grew. Seats filled quickly, and even the highest rows morphed from dark blue to a colorful blur of faces and movement. The chatter of excited fans buzzed through … more
We are headed down the homestretch of the 98th legislative session. There are just four days remaining in the “main run” before we recess for two weeks prior to veto day on March 27. HB 1065 is … more
The second-to-last workweek in Pierre found lawmakers focusing on the issues I most often hear about from the people of District 8 — lower taxes, workforce development and public safety. Throughout … more
When in life does one come to confront the tough truth that each of us will eventually die? In my years as an internist caring for young and old alike, some people understand this early, and some … more
From my friend Chris Isaacs ... nothing much needs saying other than the introduction: COWBOY POET CHRIS ISAACS I never I never saw the Old WestIt was gone before my time, Just the stories told by … more
The celebration of Presidents’ Day always brings attention to South Dakota. When people think of our state, they think of Mount Rushmore – and rightly so. In a lot of ways, that mountain is a … more
Last week’s blizzard kept me inside, but I was able to spend some time in the kitchen. I enjoyed baking for everyone … even our dogs! The weather forecast told us a blizzard was coming, but I … more
Long before the term “teachable moments” was coined, parents determined to prepare their children for life. No university class included such valuable lessons. Looking back I believe our folks … more
There are only eight days left in what is known as the “main run” of the 2023 legislative session. After that we will recess for two weeks and return on March 27 for a final day to consider any … more
While most of District 8 was digging out from the latest blizzard, your state legislature dug in and worked hard to meet our Crossover Day deadline and we considered the largest tax cut in South … more
Oral tradition can carry significant events from generation to generation as family history is passed down through stories and legend. In my wife’s family there is the story of how their ancestors … more
Valentine’s Day is about caring and supporting others. Last Friday, De Smet School hosted the regional in-service for the area teachers. The keynote speaker, Mitch Reed, spoke on Little Things That … more
When I first came to winter in Arizona, I didn't own a pair of shorts nor even a short-sleeved shirt. I had been at rodeos each weekend during the summer and had gotten used to the heat. I eventually … more
Although I’m hoping the weather forecast is wrong, it sounds like we may have a perfect day or two for baking. It seems like this winter we’ve been warned about several big storms heading our way … more
Lovingly, she lifted a fragile glass piece from a shelf in the curio cabinet, moving it to the table we had set up. Our goal (I thought at the time) was to dust or wash the items and shelves then … more
We learned this week that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) lied to America and the rest of the international community about the route and purpose of their balloon. The House voted yesterday to … more
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