The person in the mirror

Hello, is this thing on?

Been out of the swing of things for a bit, but I wanted to take a moment and expound on what my colleague Benjamin Chase touched on last week.

The old adage of “How can you tell a politician is lying,”... “because his/her lips are moving,” continues to be pertinent.

With so much dependence upon our five-minute attention span, politicians must say whatever will get them elected, then re-elected and so on.

And they are able to do this for a single reason...our five-minute attention span.

We know that John Thune said one thing and voted the opposite when it came to Supreme Court nominees. We know that Mike Rounds left the state budget in shambles when he departed the governor’s mansion. Ben touched on Kristi Noem’s passing unfamiliarity with the truth...after stating on many occasions that she would govern with full transparency.

Not to pick solely on our Republican representatives - I would expect that those places who entrust governance to Democrats may experience a similar feeling of Deja Vu.

Deja Vu because we know these things and yet continue to vote for those who say one thing, then distract us (and our five-minute attention spans) with something else, long enough to get re-elected.

It’s in our court. We don’t need term limits; we have them. It’s called voting for someone different, or voting, period.

Which is something that more than 40 percent of registered South Dakota voters didn’t do on Nov. 8.


I was given an inside look at a portion of the healthcare industry this fall. What I found was heartening.

I saw professional, caring staff members in every venue - starting with the folks at HRMC, who did everything within their power to both treat and ease a patient’s pain and anxiety.

During my time away, kudos to everyone at the Plainsman, especially newroom staff - Crystal, Mike, Ben and Roxy - who stepped up and stretched their over-burdened schedule even more to get things done.

Thank you all!


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