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Make informed decisions, be an informed voter

by John Suhr

In this and the last several issues of the Reporter & Farmer we have tried to bring you information on the issues and candidates you will be be voting on Nov. 4.

In this issue on the public notice pages are two sample ballots. One is on the the candidates and the other on the ballot initiatives and measures South Dakotans will be considering.

Don't take Nov. 4 lightly. Become an informed voter and know who and what you are voting for. This is not a political party agenda, nor should it be a straight party vote. It is a vote on what will be best for our state and nation and how this will affect us not only after you leave the voting booth, but for years to come.

I know that there are people still registered to vote who may no longer be with us and others who have moved away and never thought about changing their voting status. It is not only a privilege but your right to vote and help determine the future of our state and nation.

Hopefully we can make this a high turnout amongst the state.

Once you have cast your vote, you know you have done your part and let your voice be heard. If you do not vote, which is your choice as well, you have nothing to complain about on how our state and country is run, and that is sad.

We are a country that has fought and sacrificed so much not only to keep a democracy going strong here at home but also tried to bring that to countries and people who know only dictatorship. While it may seem futile to some, voting is something that has been fought for.

You know that every time you cast a vote you are expressing a voice – your voice.

Get informed. Check out the ballots and public polling places listed in this week's public notice pages and get out and vote Nov. 4.


A life is a life and that matters

by Amanda Fanger

 An article I read the other day is gnawing at me. On the internet, a pregnant mother wrote an open letter to her unborn baby, explaining why she had to terminate the pregnancy.

The woman writes that she is “both sorry and not sorry.”

“I am sorry that this is goodbye. I am sad that I’ll never get to meet you,” she writes. “I want the best things for the future. That’s why I can’t be your mother right now. I am still growing myself. It wouldn’t be fair to bring a new life into a world where I am still haunted by ghosts of the life I’ve lived.”

I don’t have the space here to share the whole letter but you can find it easily enough online (search “Woman pens open letter to unborn child she plans to abort”).

Towards the end of her letter, the writer says, “Love and spontaneity are beautiful, but they have little merit. And while I have plenty of dreams to go around, dreams are not an effective enough tool for you to build a better tomorrow.

“I can’t bring you here. Not like this.

“I love you Little Thing, and I wish the circumstances were different. I promise I will see you again, and next time, you can call me Mom.”

My heart broke when I read this correspondence with a life that will never be given the chance to read it.

You see, 25 years ago my mother could have made the same decision as this woman. She and my dad were not ready for a kid. Yet, they chose to keep me at their young ages, not so long out of childhood themselves.

Not only that, but they managed to make a life with each other and provide a great home for my four younger siblings and I along the way. As far as I can tell, they did most of it with love, dreams, stubbornness and hard work.

I am a life. The unborn child this letter was penned to is a life.

If the author ever does think she’s ready to have a baby, that life won’t be the same one as she terminated.

There will be some people who are probably going to get offended at me for making these statements. But I am not sorry. It bothers me when people get so easily upset over an animal being abused but then look the other way or even support abortion. I’m not saying animal abuse is right, but a human life is much more valuable than any animal.

If you want to get angry with me for my stance on this topic, then be my guest. But the next time you say anything in support of abortion because “it’s a woman’s right,” you need to look me in the eye first and tell me my life doesn’t matter.


Everyone deserves the World Series

by Emre K. Erku

It doesn’t matter if you love baseball or not, every single person in this wide world, U.S. passport or none, should be given the opportunity to attend at least one World Series game.

To experience the crowd, the ginormous athletes blowing bubble gum, the amazing food, the endless media, the happy kids, the diversity of attendees, winning, losing, glory and hardship.

For me, having only had the “pleasure” of screaming at a television screen for years on end, the World Series is all of the athletes’ beyond respectable hardwork being put on the line; the suspense of finding out if the fruits of their hard labor will be squashed or consumed like gods. And these moments are at their peak when the latter games travel into the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, when the relieving and closing pitchers’ eyes hide under the bills of their caps, staring down the hitters, waving their bats at them in a mix of mockery and focused severity. With a full count on the board and not just the teams’ ultimate success on the line, but an entire city’s emotions. A world of fandom memory can bow down to just one pitch. Either a cold strike punching into the catcher’s glove, or the batter making contact with the ball, sounding like a giant candy cane has just snapped in half.

During the writing of this column, the series between Kansas City and San Francisco was tied 1-1, and this writer prays that the Royals come out on top. I know what it’s like to be a fan of a team that doesn’t win the pennant much – last time the Twins won the World Series was 1991. Some of you may remember old Jack Buck saying, “And we’ll see you tomorrow night” after the late great Kirby Puckett belted a home run in the 11th inning. The Royals haven’t won the Series since 1985, and if my gut feeling tells me, the series will go to game seven and THEY WILL WIN by one run. But I hate to admit, I have been wrong before, just ask my ex-girlfriend.

Anyway, being in attendance at a World Series game, and witnessing such a massive group of 40,000 plus people sharing such an unforgettable moment is something EVERYONE shouldn’t be deprived of.

One day, I will go to the World Series, even if it means dressing up like an usher or a groundskeeper to gain entry. One day I will go; I will go before it’s time to kick that inevitable bucket.

You should too.


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