July 10, 2013 • The Faith Independent
Sen. John Thune’s Column
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Lifeguards aren’t the only oneswho’ll be saving lives this sum-mer. People like you and yourneighbor will be, too…by donat-ing blood. According to Lori Liebman,United Blood Services’ Donor Re-cruitment Director, participationdrops off slightly at summerblood drives. At the same time,donations throughout the regiondrop in the summer because highschools and colleges, which areenthusiastic blood drive sponsors,are not in session. In this area, awhopping 10% percent of thelocal blood supply comes fromhigh school and college students.When those students are on sum-mer vacation, it’s up to the com-munity to make up the difference.“It’s no secret,” Liebman says.“People simply are much busierthan they are at other times of the year. Although donors mighthave other things to do, patientscontinue to need blood. Nearly185 blood donations are requiredeach week to meet the needs of hospital patients.” Eligible blooddonors are encouraged to giveblood regularly to keep hospitalshelves stocked with lifesavingblood.Liebman urges residents toadopt United Blood Services’ slo-gan: “Find the Hero in You.Make time to save lives, or re-cruit others in your place if youare unable to give. We encouragedonors to donate at least threetimes a year- each donation cansave up to two people’s lives!” All donors will receive a freecholesterol test with every blooddonation. Anyone interested indonating at the Catholic Daugh-ters blood drive on Thursday,July 11th, can call Amy Ulrich.The drive will be held from 1:00to 5:30 at St. Joseph’s CatholicChurch fellowship hall. You mustbring your photo ID.
Save a life this summer; donateblood at drive on July 11th
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Wed., June 10:
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Employer mandate delay sig-nals larger problems for Oba-maCare
Recently, the Obama adminis-tration announced its plans todelay implementation of one of the key components of the presi-dent’s signature health care legis-lation, the employer mandate.This provision, which mandatesfinancial penalties to businesseswith more than 50 employeesthat fail to provide government-approved health insurance to itsemployees, will be delayed from2014 until 2015.For more than three years,President Obama has been assur-ing the American people that pro-visions in ObamaCare such as theemployer mandate will help lowerpremium costs and allow Ameri-cans to keep the insurance theypreferred. Yet, businesses acrossSouth Dakota and the rest of thecountry have lamented that thelegislation is stifling hiring deci-sions and taking away financialresources that would normally beinvested in their business. Ac-cording to a Wells Fargo/GallupSmall Business Index survey,nearly 4 in 10 small businessowners are holding back hiringbecause of costs associated withimplementing ObamaCare.Not only does the health carelaw mandate coverage for em-ployees, but the law also includesa provision that mandates em-ployers include certain govern-ment-determined “essential bene-fits” for any employer-sponsoredhealth plan, leaving almost noflexibility for an employer to de-termine what is best for his or heremployees. Many of these re-quired benefits increase the costof plans for employers and em-ployees alike. According to a recent Galluppoll from June of 2013, 52 percentof respondents said they disap-prove of ObamaCare, up from 48percent last fall. The same poll re-vealed that for every one personwho believes they will be betteroff under ObamaCare, two believethey will be worse off. Oppositionto the president’s health law isgrowing, and will continue togrow, as Americans realize thatthe law is built upon brokenpromises that will result inhigher health care costs and moretaxes.While I am pleased that busi-nesses will be shielded for an-other year from the onerous andcostly requirements associatedwith employer mandate, thedelay provides further evidencethat ObamaCare is not the solu-tion to our health care problemsand that this massive expansionof government is a step in thewrong direction. Rather than uni-laterally breaking a law that thepresident and his allies in Con-gress proposed, the administra-tion should have worked withCongress to devise a solution.It’s time to repeal this brokenlegislation and replace it withreal health care reforms that willgive Americans access to thehealth care they need, from thedoctor they choose, at a lowercost.Drought concerns eased lastmonth with widespread rainfalland near average temperaturesin South Dakota. At this point,the climate outlook for July re-mains uncertain."Copious amounts of rain fellin the northeastern counties inJune," said Laura Edwards,SDSU Extension Climate FieldSpecialist. "Some locations re-ported 3 to 5 inches above aver-age rainfall for the month. That isnearly double average for thoseareas between Marshall andDeuel counties."Edwards added that the south-western corner of South Dakotaremains in moderate to severedrought going in to the month of July."Unfortunately, the southernBlack Hills and areas betweenFall River and Todd counties con-tinued to be much drier than av-erage in June," said Edwards.Climatologically, the summeris traditionally a dry season forthose counties. This, Edwards ex-plains means that furtherdrought recovery will be unlikelyin the coming months."As temperatures increase, sodoes water demand by plants, an-imals and people," she said.Edwards said according to thelatest monthly and seasonaldrought outlooks from the Cli-mate Prediction Center a droughtis expected to persist in this areafor July and through September.June's temperatures have helpedcrop producers across the state,said Dennis Todey, SDSU StateClimatologist."Temperatures in June wereslightly below average for themonth, but nothing like what thestate experienced earlier thisyear," Todey said. "Statewide,June temperature was just a de-gree or two below the long-termaverage. This created a nice envi-ronment for crop growth andrangeland recovery over the lastfew weeks."By the end of June, corn fieldsappeared to be in good shape, andsoybean fields were improving.
A path of severe storms passedthrough eastern South Dakota onJune 21. Most reports indicatethat damaged fields were able tobe replanted after hail, highwinds and tornadoes affected theUS-212 corridor that afternoon.Looking ahead to the month of July, Todey said computer cli-mate models are scattered intheir predictions for the northernPlains."There are no clear signs of wetter or drier than average con-ditions for the month," hesaid. "Extended periods of exces-sive heat don't seem to be forth-coming."In the early part of the month,models predict that South Dakotawill be in the path of cooler anddrier air from Canada, as highpressure sits in the western U.S."This isn't to say we are en-tirely cut off from moisture,"Todey said. "We will likely getsmall amounts of rainfall hereand there from more sporadicthunderstorms."Edwards and Todey agree thatthe early part of July will bepleasant. The sunny skies andmoderately warm temperatureswill be a boon to gardens and rowcrops in the region, and will alsoprevent severe heat issues forlivestock.To learn more, visit iGrow.org.
Drought lingers in the southwest assummer heat returns
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