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Many insist that we can better determine the direction and quality of governance at the local level of government by our citizen participation than we can determine the same at the state and national …

Letters to the Editor

My name is Lyle Bowes, a longtime business owner and 50-plus year resident of Brookings, and I’m writing to express my strong support for Al Austreim for City Council. After many years of …

Columnist Slim Randles

You have to hand it to Windy. When Alphonse “Windy” Wilson chooses to speak, it is a bombastic sampling of creativity. Windy has yet to find a word he can’t make better through his …

Columnist Byron York

Donald Trump was first indicted nearly a year ago, on April 4, 2023, when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced charges against the former president over a nondisclosure agreement Trump …

Columnist Terry Mattingly

Catholic cyberspace had a meltdown during Lent in 2022 as cardinals circulated a letter from “Demos” — Greek for “people” — an anonymous scribe claiming that …

Other Views

Democrats are lapping Republicans in this year’s election fund-raising, and could that be because GOP donors are wondering what they get for their money? Donors, both small-dollar and large, …

Letters to the Editor

Wayne Avery is running for re-election to the Brookings City Council. He is currently completing his third year of service to the people of Brookings. If you ask him what he has accomplished during …

Columnist David Shribman

Donald Trump is raising money like crazy. Joe Biden just got a pledge of more than $1 billion from progressive groups. Almost every day, news outlets report more money flowing to the two candidates. …

Columnist Gene Lyons

Editor’s note: For the time being, as Gene Lyons recovers from illness, his weekly columns will be “classics” from his archive. This column originally ran on March 17, 2021. To …

Columnist Carl Kline

I’m thinking about presidential elections this morning. We’ve had some difficult times as a country and some difficult election cycles. But there has also been a spirit of working …

Letters to the Editor

I am very pleased to write this letter in support of the candidacy of Al Austreim for Brookings City Council representative. Al is a graduate of South Dakota State University. He and his wife of …

Commentary

The end of the legislative session is usually a time for congratulations, much of it well-deserved. The 2024 Legislature balanced a $7.3 billion budget. That budget included 4% raises for state …

Letters to the Editor

I hope many people have read Bob Burns’ Speakout in the March 18 edition: “Trump’s turning away from democracy troubling.” Burns’ sums up, in his usual articulate …

Letters to the Editor

Members of Brookings Osher Lifelong Learning Institute received a generous gift from First Bank and Trust for the spring semester. This financial support will allow OLLI members to take advantage of …

Columnist Slim Randles

Life in a small town means everybody knows what’s going on, good or bad. Just take what happened to Dud the other day. It was trash day, and the trash barrels were on the street waiting to …

Columnist Byron York

Why do so many Democrats and their allies in the media desperately want former President Donald Trump to stand trial before Election Day? The answer is simple: Because they think it will help …

SpeakOut

Agriculture is the lifeblood of South Dakota, and it is a heritage deeply rooted in our state. You can’t go far in South Dakota without encountering some sign of our bustling agriculture …

Other Views

The SAT and ACT are making a small but important comeback after the tests were widely dropped as a requirement for college applications during the pandemic. Most schools went test-optional, …

Columnist Terry Mattingly

The 18-foot granite Titanic Memorial in Washington, D.C., shows a robed man rising from the waves, his arms extended like a cross. Once a year, at the precise time on April 15, 1912, when the …

Letters to the Editor

In your March 14 publication was listed the many dollars that are being spent for equipment (furniture bid) for the newly updated buildings at Hillcrest and Medary schools. What is being done …

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