Newell Cracker Barrel sparks heated debate - KOTA Territory News

Newell Cracker Barrel sparks heated debate

Posted:

President Obama's health care plan and how to increase education funding were two hotly debated topics at Saturday's cracker barrel in Newell.

For the first hour citizens drilled state leaders with questions on the healthcare plan.

They wanted answers as to what their representatives were doing to make sure South Dakota takes no part in the President's plan.

While one man suggested a proposed bill, Senator Larry Rhoden said it's too late to introduce any more bills this session, but he believes they've done all they can to repeal the plan.

"Our Attorney General did join other states and fought that battle all the way to the Supreme Court and at the end of the day we lost that battle, but not completely." said Senator Larry Rhoden, (R) District 29.

"We're trying everything we can think of we're just kind of short of ideas that will work on the federal level.
There's just so little the state is allowed to do to counter the damage the federal government is doing to us," said Representative Betty Olson, (R) District 28B.

After an hour, the conversation turned to another hot topic; education funding.

An audience member brought up the issue of struggling rural schools such as the Newell School District.

Senator Rhoden says he's the prime sponsor on a bill that would lessen the burden on schools.

Senate Bill 191 would increase state aid to education and revise certain provisions related to education funding.

The next cracker barrel is scheduled for February 9th at the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce.

  • Local News - KOTA TerritoryLocal News KOTA TerritoryMore>>

  • New 24-hour recycling center replaces old Fairmont site

    New 24-hour recycling center replaces old Fairmont site

    You’ll have to go the extra mile if you want to be eco-friendly. The old Fairmont site where people use to drop off their recyclables and yard waste is now closed. It's been replaced with a new 24-hour facility on Highway 79 at the entrance to the landfill. Karl Merbach, superintendent of the Solid Waste Operations, said the city decided to take the money it would have used to repair the Fairmont site and build the new facility. "We think it's a great site. We have lights, we have security c...
    You’ll have to go the extra mile if you want to be eco-friendly. The old Fairmont site where people use to drop off their recyclables and yard waste is now closed. It's been replaced with a new 24-hour facility on Highway 79 at the entrance to the landfill. Karl Merbach, superintendent of the Solid Waste Operations, said the city decided to take the money it would have used to repair the Fairmont site and build the new facility. "We think it's a great site. We have lights, we have security c...
  • Sheriff, former deputy, and police chief run for Fall River County Sheriff

    Sheriff, former deputy, and police chief run for Fall River County Sheriff

    The deadline to register to vote in the 2014 primary election is May 19. Candidates in counties across the state are out gathering support for their campaign. Three candidates are running for Fall River
    Three candidates are running for Fall River County Sheriff.
  • Lemmon native saves soldiers in Afghanistan

    Lemmon native saves soldiers in Afghanistan

    Lemmon native saves soldiers in Afghanistan

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ A native of Lemmon, South Dakota, has been honored for saving the lives of four soldiers in Afghanistan. The Bismarck Tribune reports that military contractor Dave Jensen received the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor during a recent ceremony at the Pentagon. The Army says Jensen was serving as an operational adviser with the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group in September 2012 when a CH-47 helicopter he was aboard was hit by a rocket. Jensen described his actions a...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ A native of Lemmon, South Dakota, has been honored for saving the lives of four soldiers in Afghanistan. The Bismarck Tribune reports that military contractor Dave Jensen received the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor during a recent ceremony at the Pentagon. The Army says Jensen was serving as an operational adviser with the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group in September 2012 when a CH-47 helicopter he was aboard was hit by a rocket. Jensen described his actions a...
Powered by WorldNow

518 St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Telephone: 605.342.2000
Fax: 605.342.7305

Couldn't find what you were looking for?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - WorldNow and KOTA. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.