Why we must stop the dismemberment of living children

Posted February 17th, 2014 in Weekly Article by isaac

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 9.40.13 AMLast week, SB 46 passed unanimously through the South Dakota Senate. It is a bill that would make it a felony to “intentionally, willfully, and maliciously inflict gross physical abuse on an animal that causes prolonged pain, that causes serious physical injury, or that results in the death of the animal.”

Imagine discovering that it was actually a veterinarian who regularly ripped the heads off of puppies and crushed their skulls. It would be hard to decide whether to call the police or to deal with the veterinarian yourself.

Now suppose you discovered that doctors regularly ripped the heads off of babies and tore apart their limbs while they were still alive. What would you do? Now is the time to decide, because here is evidence of this happening. Continue Reading »

The Lure of Common Core

Posted February 10th, 2014 in Common Core, Weekly Article by isaac

Temptatation There has been a lot of misinformation about common core education standards, and understandably parents are becoming more interested and concerned about the direction we are moving with education in South Dakota. I think the increased awareness and parental involvement is fantastic. Some are believe that this is an effort by state educators to give up local control of education or to adopt curriculum that is contrary to the values of South Dakotans.

But what I have learned as I have spoken to superintendents and the state department of education is that they have their own reasons for adopting the common core standards which have little to do with the decades-long march to nationalize education standards, textbooks, tests, and methods for all 50 states. The proponents of nationalized education system are very vocal about this agenda, but local educators do not believe adopting these standards equates to endorsing this goal or losing local control. Personally, I disagree. These standards were adopted without parental involvement, which was a huge mistake. We are naive if we do not wake up and realize the common core “carrot” is simply leading us down a path of nationalization that ends with a big, ugly stick.

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An Extra Dose of Love

Posted January 27th, 2014 in Weekly Article by isaac

Eva

My youngest sister, Eva, just turned 12 this past December 31st. Each year, my parents invite friends and family over to celebrate the new year and the birth of our favorite family member at our New Years “Eva” party. Now I know, we aren’t supposed to have favorites, and our large family would seem to make unanimous consent impossible.

Maybe it’s because she’s the baby of the family. But there is something special about Eva, qualities she possesses that I believe truly make her a superior human being. First, she has an extra dose of Continue Reading »

The State of the State

Posted January 20th, 2014 in Weekly Article by isaac

When Governor Daugaard gave the annual State of the State address last week, he highlighted several benchmarks which demonstrate the advantage of having economic policies based on reality. What do I mean by reality? I’ll tell you in a bit, followed by some ways we are in danger of ignoring reality. But first, some highlights.

South Dakota’s unemployment rate is the second lowest in the nation at 3.6%, and we have added enough jobs in the past years to exceed our recession losses by 2.5%. We’ve been named the #1 State for business by CNBC, and we have the highest personal income growth in the nation. One study of photos posted on the internet even found that South Dakotans smiled more than any other state!

South Dakotans recognize economic reality. Our state has a balanced budget, meaning we don’t put any of our regular expenses on the credit card, and we haven’t increased the tax rates on the economy in order to do so. If we would have increased the sales tax by “1 penny” as the last election’s ballot measure proposed, that would have been a significant drain on economic growth, and a state tax increase of 25%.

But there is another constraint that reality places on South Dakota, and rightly so: Continue Reading »