Suicide survivor: Social media, culture of loneliness have created a dangerous environment, especially for the young
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by Tom Lawrence
1h ago
Part 2 of 2 Suicide was the 11th-leading cause of death overall in the United States in 2021, claiming the lives of over 48,183 people, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than 20,000 more deaths that were attributed to homicide, with 26,031 deaths bearing that classification in 2021. Suicide was especially common for younger people, according to the CDC. “Suicide was the second-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34, the third-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15-24, and the fif ..read more
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Suicide survivor: Ignore voices of doom, because life is worth living no matter how tough times get
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by Tom Lawrence
1d ago
Part 1 of 2 Kevin Hines learned to ignore the voices who urged him on, encouraging him to kill himself. Hines (seen above, photo courtesy of Kevin Hines) heeded their call once, falling 223 feet from the Golden Gate Bridge into the icy San Francisco Bay on Monday, Sept. 25, 2000. He miraculously survived that suicide attempt, and soon realized he heard another voice. This one was telling him to share his story with people, to tell them not to give into the grim lure of death. Life, Hines told me recently, is worth living no matter what pain you are going through. That’s a sentiment a lot of pe ..read more
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District 26 Rep's open letter regarding reconciliation and respect between Gov. Noem and Rosebud Sioux Tribe
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by Eric E. Emery
2d ago
Editor’s note: District 26 state Rep. Eric E. Emery is a Democrat from Rosebud. This open letter to Gov. Noem was posted on X on April 12, 2024: Recent events concerning Gov. Noem’s ban from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) and her refusal to return the RST tribal flag have brought to light critical issues of reconciliation and respect between Indigenous communities and government officials. As members of a society striving for unity and understanding, we must address these matters with sensitivity and a commitment to justice. First, it is crucial to recognize and respect the decision by the Rose ..read more
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SDDP to celebrate the past, work on the future at annual McGovern Day celebration today in Sioux Falls
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by Tom Lawrence
3d ago
The South Dakota Democratic Party needs a reason to gather and celebrate. Lord knows they haven’t done much of that in recent Election Nights. But today is a day to remember a glorious past — and work toward a better future. The SDDP is holding its annual McGovern Day event at the Riverview Barn in Sioux Falls. Minnesota DFL Chair and DNC Vice Chair Ken Martin is the featured speaker. Our neighbor to the east has a long, proud history of political success, even if the most-famous and acclaimed Democrat in Minnesota history, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, was a South Dakota native. HHH moved to Minne ..read more
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Rapid City educator, author and psychology researcher Christy Heacock asks, why can’t we all just get along?
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by Christy Heacock
4d ago
I’ve taught a variety of math and psychology courses to high school and college students over the years. Some people have been impressed that I teach math but unimpressed that I teach what they consider the trivial, common-sense subject of psychology. However, we humans have figured out the math necessary for space travel, but still haven’t discovered how to live in peace. We’ve developed complex weapons of mass destruction (like the nuclear weapon pictured above in a public domain image posted on wikimedia commons) but remain baffled as to how to keep from using them. So I wonder, which is mo ..read more
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GOP got its way on abortion at SCOTUS, now the party has to contain an Arizona court decision that blew up in their faces
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by John Tsitrian
5d ago
From Donald Trump on down through the GOP, there’s a scramble to explain away the recent Arizona Supreme Court decision that makes it illegal to have any abortion at any time during gestation except when a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.   Most amazing to me is the way Trump blurted out that the governor of Arizona, a Democrat, will make things right. Said Trump yesterday, “it’ll be straightened out, and I’m sure that the governor and everybody else are going to bring it back into reason and that’ll be taken care of, I think, very quickly.”  This reaction is ess ..read more
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Understanding the true meaning of The Bible — and how some opportunistic politicians are using it for cover
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by Carl Kline
6d ago
I heard someone say the Bible is their favorite book. You would think as clergy, I would say the same. But my attention span is way too short. Normally, my favorite book is the one I’m reading at the moment, and that, in this moment, is “Tom Lake” by Ann Patchett. Since it is sitting here just waiting for me to finish the Patchett book, I expect “River Dragon” by Rivera Sun will be my next favorite. She has written several others in the Ari Ara series, and the ones I read earlier were my favorites at the time. I especially like her writing because she schools you in a way of nonviolence, not u ..read more
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Rapid City financial advisor Rick Kahler explains how the NAR settlement will change the way you buy a home
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by Rick Kahler
1w ago
A few weeks ago, an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors (NAR) was settled for $419 million. News reports announced this would slash commissions by 25% to 50%. How would that happen? First, a quick look at how selling and buying through an NAR Realtor has worked. A seller (perhaps like the one offering a South Dakota home in the picture above, provided by John Tsitrian) offered a commission (6% being standard) from which both their broker and the buyer’s broker were paid, with the typical offer to the buyer’s agent at 2.5% to 3.0%. That information was displayed on ..read more
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Party over country? Thune, Rounds and Johnson need to explain their support for Trump’s dangerous policies
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by Mike Levsen
1w ago
To our men in Washington — it’s time to show us who you are. It's been entertaining watching Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds (seen above in a 2015 public domain photo posted on wikimedia commons), along with Rep. Dusty Johnson, dance around Donald Trump questions in order to survive in what is now the Trump party. All three have actually tiptoed into light criticism at times. We weren’t fooled, though, by their phony courage as they pretended other candidates had any chance for the Republican nomination. They’ve never wavered from being Trump enablers, and now it’s time to face the music. As ..read more
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USPS plan to shift mail processing centers out of state will be detrimental for South Dakota. You can help stop it
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by Frank Kloucek
1w ago
The movement of USPS Regional Processing Centers from Sioux Falls to Omaha and Huron to Fargo, N.D., will not be good for South Dakota. Please contact The United States Postal Service (one of its ubiquitous trucks is seen above in a public domain photo posted on wikimedia commons) to give your input on the transfer of the Regional Processing Center from Sioux Falls to Omaha and from Huron to Fargo, N.D., and extend the comment period. It will definitely impact the service by their own admission. If what the USPS says is true, we must give them our opinions. Sioux Falls is one of the fastest-gr ..read more
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