I have been spending much of the past few weeks away from blogging in order to catch up on work and family time but with a new year and new legislative session on the horizon I thought it would be a good idea to throw out some priorities that we all should consider for the upcoming year. With the upcoming legislative session almost upon us and a possible scandal to deal with regarding Dan Sutton it is time again for everyone to wonder if our legislators will actually focus on the needs of our state.
Last year the prime targets included telling residents how they live with and what they should do with their bodies and pretty much ignored our education system. Voters decided that a higher tax on cigarettes would protect our young from smoking but ignored a bigger problem facing young people. Alcohol was directly involved in the deaths of 13 young South Dakotan's this year but no-one is calling for higher taxes on that vice. 10's of thousands in our state have either inadequate or lack any heath care coverage at all, our teachers are 51st in the nation in pay and our state has the highest percentage of families with both parents working outside the home in the country.
These are only some of the many issues that have been all but ignored in the past few years so here is hoping that our legislators make a New Year's resolution to focus on the real needs of our state this year and leave the moral issues to individuals and their respective beliefs and personal choices.
Finally I wanted to thank those of you that have been regulars here in my very small part of the blogosphere these past few months and I hope to see you all here again next year. Have a safe and happy new year!