OUR VIEW: Week in review: the best, worst
HISSES are certainly in order after Thursday's shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. Every mass shooting is tragic but it hits particularly home for those in the journalism and newspaper business. By all accounts, the Capital Gazette values what so many local newspapers in this country are about, writing about important matters to its readers and keeping them informed. It is a critical part of the community in which they live and serve and their hard work and commitment has only been bolstered by this heartbreaking tragedy. The commitment of our fellow journalists in Annapolis and in communities across the country makes us proud.
CHEERS to the efforts in Redfield, where Spink County law enforcement did a great job of spearheading the apprehension of a man in a hostage situation at the local hospital. Considering a high speed car chase and hostage situation with a 10-year-old boy were involved, we're thankful there were no serious injuries. The incident sparked a large law enforcement response but the local law enforcement did a great job in a scenario they likely train for but don't often see in a small town. The response is likely easier said than done and they did a great job.
HISSES to the news of anthrax making an appearance in the state's cattle herds, including in Bon Homme County. Anthrax can survive in contaminated alkaline soils and all parts of South Dakota have the potential to experience an outbreak if the climate is right, which can include quick changes. Many livestock producers are already a number of precautions to limit the onset or spread of the disease, including vaccinations and moving animal carcasses, so let's hope this is as an isolated set of outbreaks.
CHEERS regarding the proposed format for the NAIA basketball national tournaments starting in 2020-21. We know that Dakota Wesleyan and the local conference's contingent of schools opposed making the changes to the two-division format, as NAIA moves to one division starting in the aforementioned season. But the same amount of teams will qualify in 2021 — 64 teams — as the 32 teams in each division now. And from a local standpoint, DWU could take advantage of a definite home-court advantage in the first two rounds of the national tournament by hosting games at the Corn Palace before the national finals. If the Tiger programs continue to play well, that's a real possibility.