Gov. Dennis Daugaard today released an After-Incident Report on last month’s escape attempt at the South Dakota State Penitentiary that resulted in the death of corrections officer Ronald Johnson. The report outlines policy and procedural modifications that have been adopted by the DOC since the incident, including the addition of more corrections officers, more cameras and personal body alarms for corrections staff.
Obamacare is like turnip greens: bitter and hard to swallow, but Mommy made you choke them down anyway. The difference is that turnip greens are constitutional (though perhaps they shouldn’t be). When one’s stated goal is to “fundamentally transform America,” the U.S. Constitution, as intended by our nation’s founding visionaries, becomes a significant encumbrance rather than an instrument of freedom. It’s little wonder that exceeding constitutional authority has become the defining hallmark of this, the most radical presidential administration in American history.
One man does not make a movement and one leader does not encompass the enemy in an irregular war. This is especially true in the case of Bin Laden and his brain child Al-Qaeda. This organization is post-modern or perhaps pre-modern in style. These international conspirators are not united by personal contacts or unified by strategic planning; instead they’re forged into an inter-active whole by solidarity of purpose and continuity of world-view. In such a structure the death of any one person no matter how highly placed or inspirational will not have more than a marginal impact.
A common temptation is to judge our well-being not by what we have but by how much we have compared to others. Families at today’s poverty level live as well as the upper middle class did a few decades ago. Nevertheless, they still feel deprived. Luxuries ultimately disappoint us as we become accustomed to a higher standard of living. An indulgent purchase loses its luster, and the satisfaction it brings is fleeting.
Last year, a senior citizen woman who was a client brought her grandson to our agency for health insurance. The young man was in his twenties and had served our country in Afghanistan. His TRICARE coverage ended in late 2010. Carol Quaglia was able to help the man get a short term health insurance policy that lasted six months. He had trouble getting health care because he was still under medication for post traumatic stress disorder from his service in Afghanistan.
Journalism 101 should note there are two kinds of news–good and bad. One definition of the news is the reporting what is the unusual. Good news isn’t always noteworthy in the minds of some people. Another definition of news is the reporting of current events. I’ll touch on that later in another column. Good news deserves to be read as well as all the murders, car crashes and obituaries that appear in most newspapers.