Commentary

Thu
21
May
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LETTER

Kathy,

After reading this week’s Timber Lake Topic on your reporting of the seniors’ graduating and the eighth grade moving up into high school this coming school year, I wanted to share a situation that caught the high school completely off guard when the school year started in August 1960. Fifty-one students showed up to start the 9th grade. It overwhelmed the school staff and administration so much we did not have classes the first week of school. They had to figure out how to handle this unexpected increase in student population. I do not know for sure why the school leadership did not see this coming, but I would suspect they miscalculated the number of eighth grade students coming from the country schools and private schools.

Thu
21
May
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Let us never forget!

Memorial Day was born of compassion and empathy for those who courageously gave their lives to safeguard us and our way of life.

Let us all pause this Memorial Day to remember great and brave Americans – to recognize their valor and applaud the blessings their bravery has secured.

Throughout our nation’s history, the freedoms we enjoy have been won and protected by an elite group who understand the greatest and most selfless love.

Remembering those sacrifices and what they have meant to our nation is the duty of the living. Hundreds of thousands of young American lives were lost on the battlefields and the concept of Memorial Day became a tradition renewed by each generation’s sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu
14
May
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EDITOR’S COLUMN

This will be the last week of school at Timber Lake. The last meals will be delivered and picked up, the last lessons turned in (maybe), grades posted, awards given. I just can’t say enough about how dedicated the people at our school have been. Through the whole pandemic situation, they have been determined to do their best to see that no kid slips through the cracks. I wish all the school staff could now enjoy a well-deserved summer break. Some of them will, but we know the administrators and their teams will be (or already are) planning for what the 2020-2021 school year will look like. A calendar was adopted months ago that shows school beginning with teacher inservice on August 12 and 13 and the first day of classes on August 19 but as we know, everything is subject to change due to the virus. So thanks, teachers and other school staff, for all you continue to do.

Thu
14
May
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Native Americans need protection from COVID

Native Americans need protection from COVID

Native Americans have centuries of experience with pandemics. Before Columbus, native peoples were remarkably healthy. Native Americans shared food with all in the village and cared for each other.

Diseases were minimal in part because Native Americans lacked domestic animals that were vectors for smallpox, measles, bubonic plague, and influenza. Before Columbus, there were an estimated 18 million people in what is now the United States. With the arrival of Europeans, diseases were carried forward along trade routes (which later became the interstate highways) that wiped out 30 to 70 percent of the Native population even before settlers arrived. By 1890, the time of the Wounded Knee Massacre, our Native population had been devastated, falling to 250,000 people due to disease and warfare.

Thu
07
May
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Some of us owe our mother an apology

This Sunday is Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women who gave us life, nurtured us and served as our first teacher, greatest friend and most staunch defender.

But, honestly, there are probably a few mothers who aren't feeling so proud of their children these days.

For most of us, our mother provided the discipline and direction that put us on that straight and narrow path to good behavior.

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Thu
07
May
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Struggling with loss of brain function

Mrs. R was a character. Her natural red hair had changed to gray years earlier, but thanks to the magic of her hairdresser, her hair was again flashy red, and she had a personality to match. She was a feisty, fun and full-blooded woman full of zest and pizzazz. She made me smile whenever I made rounds at the nursing home.

Through the years, Alzheimer’s disease took its toll on her memory, but her spirit, brightness and spark didn’t seem to fade much. Even near the end, as the family stopped the hair coloring, she gave me a charge of energy and vitality whenever we met. However, the neurodegenerative (ND) Alzheimer’s condition didn’t let up and eventually she slipped off this earthly existence gently while family surrounded her with love.

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Thu
30
Apr
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Placing trust - and saying thanks

At a time like this, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, it is more important than ever that we place our trust and confidence in our medical experts. We can’t all be knowledgeable enough to sort out the scientific facts from the wishful thinking from the outright crazy, but we can place our trust in the people who do know the difference.

While we are individually soaking up bits and pieces of information every day, our dedicated and well-trained scientists, researchers, doctors and other medical and scientific professionals are doing everything they can to help us work through this crisis. They make up a vast network of folks at every level who do the research that leads to effective testing and treatment, who take care of the people and families who make up the statistics, and who advocate and advise for solid public policy.

 

 

 

 

Thu
30
Apr
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Escape to the Countryside

Over the past two centuries, America has undergone extreme urbanization, transitioning from over 80% rural to over 80% urban. Even on the smaller scale of South Dakota, the city of Sioux Falls has exploded in growth while smaller regions have seen homesteads shutter, schools close and towns diminish. The Timber Lake area knows this all too well, as its neighbors of Isabel, Trail City, Firesteel and Glencross are remnants of their former selves.

Thu
16
Apr
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Health care access for all

John Mengenhausen is the chief executive officer of Horizon Health Care, a network of 32 Community Health Centers across South Dakota. The clinics at Isabel, McIntosh, Eagle Butte, Faith and LaPlant are part of the network.

With 800,000 people spread throughout the state, South Dakota’s biggest challenge with the coronavirus pandemic is not distancing high concentrations of people, but rather providing quality health care to populations in rural and remote communities. Residents in remote locations rely on Community Health Centers for medical care, dental care, and mental health services because these health centers are often the only option available. Fortunately, all Community Health Centers provide care to everyone regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.

Thu
09
Apr
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Timber Lake’s next blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. MT at the Timber Lake Community Center.

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