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My Final Post • July 7, 2020

Trust me, it is NOT with heavy heart that I will stop posting here. The blog will remain as is but the comments will be shut off and there will be no more posts moving forward.

Over the past couple of months I have had many POSITIVE things happen to me, and the Blog is no longer a part of that and it time to cut the strings. While I enjoyed it, I did speculate shutting it down for at least 2 years, it just took me awhile. It’s just not fun anymore and really not part of my life anymore. I got stuff to do and it doesn’t involve city politics.

It also has nothing to do with Stehly leaving the council. I think we will see her come back into the political spotlight after a short break and I expect her to be an even stronger citizen advocate – one of the reasons I did not want her to run for re-election, she gets more done when her hands are NOT tied down by haters.

I guess the real reason I am quitting is because I don’t think I am making a dent in stopping or even slowing city government corruption. The elected officials over the past 6 years have become more corrupt, more unethical, hypocritical and quite honestly a lot dumber, unprepared, sophomoric and naïve. Just look at the response to Covid. It has virtually been ignore the problem and it may go away. Or 5G which has virtually done NOTHING to improve the lives of the citizenry. Dumb people lie and cheat because they have no problem solving skills, and they don’t want to solve social ills, they want to line their pockets. We need to stop electing these idiots. They represent one class of people, and it isn’t you and me.

There is also another glaring problem in our little town, a Fourth Estate that is non-existent. We have a daily paper where we can count the number of employees on one hand ran by a person who is more concerned about Fernson’s latest beer than what is going on in our community politically. And our local TV stations seem to be more concerned about food trucks, car dealerships and golf tournaments put on by the hospital industrial complex. The sad part is, the best news source in town comes from a two person operation that gets paid for content. How ironic is that? What makes it even more funny is this person was the target of one of my first posts on this blog. How the times have changed. Keep rocking it Jodi!

Trust me though, just because I won’t be commenting on city politics anymore does NOT mean I won’t be paying attention, I just encourage others to get more involved. The voters have chosen these fools, and now they can live with the results. It is just unfortunate that I also have to. But there is very little tying me down to this town. I could pack up my crap in a couple of days and be gone. The main reason I stay is because it is quiet, when I want it to be quiet.

No matter what I say or do it won’t make much of difference. The hatred and disgust towards towards openness, transparency and simple honesty is the cancer that is eating away at our local government. And it’s not just the council and mayor, it’s city directors, public employees (mostly management), school board members, county commissions (both of them) and yes the citizens who support these people. You are your own worst enemies. Stop making everything a partisan issue. Good government is good for all of us!

It’s just best I don’t say anything, anymore. It’s better for my mental health. I just want to sit in front of a canvas and listen to old time roots country and watch BBC art docs.

There will be something I will miss about it, all the colorful comments and hundreds of friends I have made over the 13 years. Some of these friendships have been life changing. One of my fondest memories is how I changed my relationship with Greg Jamison, who I once revered as an enemy but became a local government confidant, heck even his father warmed up to me a bit. Or my relationship with Dr. Kermit Staggers, a person who always put integrity above everything else and swatted away the detractors like gnats. Or the bond I formed with former city clerk Debra Owen who has always been forthright with me about her positions and has stood by those positions while listening to my side. Her kindness, depth of knowledge and understanding has often gotten me through some rough patches on the blog. Heck, I even got Sioux Falls School Board President Cynthia Mickelson to listen to some of my suggestions over the past few months after she reached out to me with an open hand and open mind. There are a few good people in local government, but there needs to be more of them.

I want to give one last thank you to two people. One I will name, one I will not. Cameraman Bruce has been vital to this fight. My links to his YouTube page transformed how I covered local politics and his fight has always been my fight. While he never had access to my blog, ownership or editorial control, his contributions have been insurmountable. While I have had several guest posts over the years, I have always been the soul writer and editor of the blog. There is also someone else, a person I would never mention by name, but they stood behind me the whole way and sacrificed a lot over the past 13 years (actually over 20). They know who they are, and I will be eternally grateful, because without them, there would have never been SouthDaCola. I will never be able to repay you for the countless hours you have put in consulting me along the way, you are good friend, remember that. Now go saw some logs!

Detroit Lewis – Signing off!

Let’s do it!

Okay, this is just in jest. But I pitched this idea to some of my friends. We have bacon, beer, BBQ and chislic festivals, why not CABBAGE?! I consider myself a cabbage lover, as someone of German, Irish, French, Russian, Swiss and Czech decent, cabbage runs through my blood. And it is delicious. I have even joked that SD Chamber President, David Owens should be the honorary chair (he hates cabbage).

Just think of all the different dishes you could serve! Coleslaw, and lots of it! Soups, pigs in a blanket, the list goes on and on! Let’s do it!

The ‘BLOB’ or is it the ‘BLOG’?

I guess when city employees refer to SouthDaCola they call it the ‘BLOG’. Maybe cameraman Bruce and I need to make a new intro video.

So how many city employee parties are scheduled for Tuesday Night?

If I were Mayoral Elect TenHaken, I would just make Wednesday a city holiday for city employees, because I have a feeling many of them will be nursing a much needed hangover.

I guess some city employees have several planned parties for Tuesday night to celebrate the end of the Huether administration . . . or is it to celebrate the new administration? Not sure. Either way, I wonder if Detroit will be invited?

No worries, I’m considering having a SouthDacola Fest Tuesday Night, more details to come.

Guest Posts

I haven’t made this appeal for several years.

If anyone wants to write a guest post on my site, I’m all for it. Here are the ground rules, kinda.

• You can write about any topic, but I would prefer it has to do with Sioux Falls. Any content is acceptable.

• All submissions should be emailed to me at fb.art@sio.midco.net. I will review them for basic typos and any libelous comments.

• You can use your real name or an online persona.

• You will have copyright rights to your submission.

• Any photos you submit would also be accepted, I may edit them for size.

• ANYBODY can submit. Don’t care if you are a citizen or a politician.

• I will not pay you for your submission, but I may buy you a cocktail for your efforts.

Let’s have fun!

UPGRADES

You may have noticed that South DaCola was up and down earlier today. No worries my host was upgrading servers so there was some interruption of service. Blog On!

Follow DaCola on Twitter

I feel a little alone, I only have 101 followers. Anytime a new post occurs, you are alerted on Twitter, so follow.

South DaCola has ONE editor and publisher . . . ME.

 

I’m in charge, just ask me.

While I have allowed guest posts over the years, I want to make something very clear to my readers and especially elected officials and public employees. While I take suggestions and tips from city employees and city councilors, it is ultimately MY decision to post something. Like I said, if an elected official, public employee or candidate for office wants to have a guest post on my site, I allow it if they use their name.

NO ONE, let me repeat, NO ONE, especially elected officials tell me what to write or edit my material.

I even turn down cameraman Bruce quite often on post ideas. Besides my web administrator, the two of us are the only ones who have access to my blog.

When shopping on Amazon, think DaCola!

As you can see to the right hand side, I have added Amazon to my list of advertisers. Anytime you click thru my site to go to Amazon, a small portion of your purchase benefits South DaCola.

As GW Bush would say “I encourage all to go shopping more!”

Nice Card

Every time I think I’m going to give up my blog, I get a great card like this in the mail. Thank You!