My children and I hiked up Harney Peak in the middle of the Black Hills today. I hadn’t been up there in 17 years, and my son and daughter have wanted to go up there for a long time. You can see the peak from most places around Rapid City and the Black Hills, so it’s been a source of curiosity for them for some time. What a view from 7,242 feet!
Randy Rasmussen at the Rapid City Journal had a great column today examining the recent controversy over Rapid City Pastor H. Wayne Williams’ endorsement of Republican candidate Gordon Howie for governor of South Dakota. Rasmussen expresses amazement that the 1954 tax code revision has remained unchallenged this long, and points out the hypocrisy of those who want to keep America’s voice of conscience out of the public debate.
HISTORY TELLS US that the American Revolutionary War started April 19, 1775, and Independence Day followed on July 4, 1776. But it wasn’t until 1789 when our nation’s Constitution was established that, in effect, put our Declaration of Independence to work. Yes, there is a Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15. On Sept. 25, 1789, Congress approved 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification, but it wasn’t until Dec. 15, 1791, when 10 of the 12 were ratified and Virginia ratified the Bill of rights.