Views from the Secretary

Views from the Secretary
Saying Thanks!

Thanksgiving is a national holiday, but in South Dakota it is more like an everyday affair.�

Don't get me wrong. Most of us take the day off and have a turkey with all the fixings, just like the Norman Rockwell print on that subject. However, there is a difference.�


Thanksgiving is something many of us practice each day, and South Dakotans have much for which to give thanks.�

In every community, we can be thankful for some of the cleanest air and clearest skies in the nation.

In every community, we can be thankful for productive land in which or on which to grow products which feed the nation.

In every community, we can be thankful for our friends and neighbors who make us feel welcome and help us out in times of need.

In every community, we can be thankful for local leaders with hearts that really care and heads filled with visions for the future.

In every community, we can be thankful for modern public schools with their doors open to all.

In every community, we can be thankful for the dozens if not hundreds of civic and religious organizations that seek to improve the quality of our collective lives.

In every community, we can be thankful for the financiers who are willing to bank roll our dreams.

In every community, we can be thankful for the policemen, firemen and emergency workers there to protect and serve, often with little or no pay.

In every community, we can be thankful for the social events built around family which serve to unite us in a common bond.

In every community, we can be thankful for a wealth of ambitious and hard-working people on which to build our economy.�

It is more difficult to list what we don't have. Most of the things we lack are not positives anyway. We are lacking in smog, pollution, high crime rates, crowding and noise.

Daily thanks is part of our heritage.� An old Indian chief once said, "When you arise in the morning give thanks for the good and for the joy of living.� If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself."

We have cowboy version of these thanks. It goes something like this, "Thank you, God, for�South Dakota."

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