Additional Articles

  • GOP, Dems both have bluebird moment

    It is Judy Garland versus Vera Lynn. It is the 1939 song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” versus the 1942 hit “The White Cliffs of Dover.” It is America in its prewar reverie versus Great Britain in its wartime trial.

  • The core of Trumpism

    Jodi Doering, an emergency room nurse in South Dakota, tweeted this description of COVID-19 patients she’s been treating: “The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine, and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath ... They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. Yes. This really happens.”

  • Keeping our economy and schools open

    Like most South Dakotans, I want to keep our schools open and our economy strong. If we don’t get COVID-19 under control, that’s going to be increasingly difficult.

  • For Trump cultists, COVID is the new Kool-Aid

    New rule: Once a political dispute reaches the Rudy Giuliani stage, there’s nothing left but punchlines.

  • Country might benefit from fewer tweets

    Here at what looks like a great divide – between election cycles for sure, and possibly in the very topography of the nation’s story – an inquiry: Might the United States benefit from becoming a “tweet less” society?

  • Be kind to others, wear a mask

    Governor Noem continues to insist that her personal responsibility strategy in corralling COVID-19 has been a success because South Dakota has not reached the number of hospitalizations and deaths forecast by the worst-case scenario she presented in early March.

  • Care about those around you – wear a mask

    I have watched with consternation and dismay – and, yes, sadness – at the happenings in my home state. I think back to March when so many of us willingly stayed home. We sewed masks for our essential workers, family and friends and checked if our neighbors had enough toilet paper.

  • Dealing with loss a difficult process

    As you get older, there’s a tendency to lose things: your hair; your athletic physique; your phone; your vocabulary; your memory. When you finish combing your hair, the comb always has strands of something gray.

  • Being thankful

    James Crews is the editor of a very timely anthology entitled “Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection,” published by Green Writers Press.

  • ‘Defund the Police’ and the damage done

    Remember the debate over the meaning of the phrase “defund the police”?

  • Giving South Dakotans a voice in Washington

    Recently, I was humbled to have been reelected by my colleagues to serve as the Republican whip, or assistant majority leader, the second-highest position in Senate Republican leadership.

  • Catholic beliefs and Catholic responsibility

    “Are you celebrating?” The Uber driver’s question took me a little off-guard. And then he may have gotten an earful from me. He was talking about the election. And my answer was “no.”

  • An American life: A life of purpose

    So endeth one of the great American lives.

  • Debate surrounding acting legal AG’s legal authority intensifies

    Washing-ton – If you are having a hard time keeping track of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, you are not alone.