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City of Sioux Falls ‘Code Enforcement’ attorney wants to be the next Minnehaha County State’s Attorney

To say I laughed a little when I heard this would be an understatement;

Paul is currently an Attorney for the City of Sioux Falls, primarily representing the Public Works Department though he’s held various roles in the City Attorney’s Office working with Code Enforcement, Economic Development, Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Planning and Zoning, the Health Department and Human Resources.

Paul was the lead attorney trying to convict Cameraman Bruce for a public nuisance charge over his garlic and raspberries in his backyard (they called them weeds). I attended the trial. To say Bengford ‘lost’ the case is an understatement. Judge Cutler ruled in Danielson’s favor. She said something like, “Mr. Danielson enjoys working in his yard, there is no legal barriers on that.” But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Before the trial, Bruce was jailed for several hours on a ‘penny bond’ right before he was to testify at public input at the city council meeting about the whacked events center siding. We don’t need this person as our state’s attorney, we need him out of public service all together.

Next time take an UBER when looking at Holiday Lights

When I saw this story it reminded of this song by the UK punk band, The Business. I got to toss back some beers with Micky and the crew when they played at the Pomp Room. I don’t think he was driving though.

Hump Day Funnies

We are thinking about you, My friend

As you have probably heard on Facebook and other blogs, former City Councilor Dr. Kermit Staggers has entered hospice care in preparation for his next journey through the universe.

Theresa Stehly offered a beautiful prayer this afternoon for Kermit at the city council informational meeting.

There is a lot I could say about my relationship with Kermit, but I only want to use one word that describes it best, HONESTY. I have always been honest with him, and he has done the same with me and hundreds if not thousands of other people in this community. It is truly a RARE attribute in a politician these days.

There is much more I could say about Kermit, but I think if you just click on the link below, you can read about all the things he has done for this community. It really is overwhelming.

KERMIT LINKS

You will always be in our hearts sir.

I actually laughed

I have felt that SNL has not been funny for a very long time. But this bit had me dying. Larry David (who is a comedy genius) as Sanders and Woody as Biden and Will as Stoyer. I was on the floor.

South Dakota Farm Bureau delegates believe Noem’s lies

I have to tell you I was shocked that the organization in SD that is supposed to support agri-business in our state voted this way;

The South Dakota Farm Bureau is having their annual convention this weekend, and an industrial hemp resolution came up during the delegate session of the convention.

“Our delegates had a resolution sent in by a county to support and promote the production of industrial hemp, and our delegates voted that down,” South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal said. “So we’re not going to be supporting it, but we also at this time won’t oppose it outright.”

“Our delegates are not taking a stance right now,” South Dakota Farm Bureau Vice President Jeffery Gatzke said. “We have currently no policy in our policy book on industrial hemp, period. So we don’t have a stance on for raising and manufacturing industrial hemp or against it.”

He says delegates aren’t eager to move quickly.

“Can we have the financial backing to regulate it, is our state ready for it? I think that’s a lot of it,” Gatzke said. “Is this something that we want to jump into. I think our delegates are pretty cautious on this issue, and so I think that’s why they voted it down.”

It is up to the state to regulate this. Farmers, just like any other business person in the state takes on the responsibility of FOLLOWING federal and state regulations. If they think the risk of growing this product out weighs the costs, they have a simple choice. We are not giving them the choice. So what is the harm? All the Bureau had to say is they support a new cash crop in this state, and the farmers assume the responsibility of taking that on. Instead, they took the position of what comes out of the rear end of a chicken. You would think by now that guns in South Dakota would be banned due to all of the foot injuries.

Why do we continue to tolerate Smithfield Foods?

Because they have lots of money. But are we benefitting?

They continue to pollute our water (and our air daily);

Smithfield Foods’ Sioux Falls plant is facing more than $45,000 in fines after state officials discovered the facility discharged wastewater into the Big Sioux River.

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has fined Smithfield Foods $46,260 for surface water discharge permit violations.

According to the DENR, between February 1, 2019, and July 31, 2019, Smithfield reported violations of its permit limits for total suspended solids, biochemical oxygen demand, ammonia, fecal coliform, and toxicity test.

Recently Smithfield expanded their hog kill operation. The city gladly and quietly gave them the building permits.

Before I get to deep into this, I don’t want Smithfield to completely go away, but I would like them to do two important things, 1) Move out of Sioux Falls in a rural area 2) Stop polluting our river and air.

As most people know, or do not know, Smithfield is owned by Chinese investors. They avoid tariffs because, well, they are here. They also avoid millions in corporate taxes because they are in South Dakota. As taxpayers we get ZERO benefits from a foreign company being here. It’s kind of like pipelines going through our state.

One of the main arguments of keeping ‘Stinkyfield’ around is that they provide jobs, which helps are economy. Okay, that’s true, to an extent.

But after the union was pretty much busted up at Smithfield, most of the people that work there are not from here, and if the place closed, they would leave. That isn’t an anti-immigrant statement, that’s just how it works. But it would also present us with an opportunity to retrain those workers into the tech or manufacturing industry. While the Governor and Mayor have been out promoting this industry, they also have the power to shut down Smithfield due to their environmental issues, and continually do nothing.

The people profiting from this venture are NOT your neighbors, they are communists. With all our anti-socialism rhetoric here, you would think we would be appalled.

I have an important question to ask of Noem and TenHaken. How do you make Sioux Falls, South Dakota appealing to tech companies when this place smells like hog sh*t? As my stepfather used to say, “That’s the smell of money.”

What are we doing to help the working class of Sioux Falls?

Not a day goes by in Sioux Falls that we don’t hear about how some charity is giving out FREE things to people. Mostly food, but we have giveaways for all types of things, like backpacks, cars, and bikes. I commend the charities for helping these people. Somebody has to. There will always be a sector of our society that needs that help.

But I often ask, what are we doing for the working class? The people that get up every morning and do their best to make their lives better and this city better? Often times, when you help this segment of society (which I would estimate is probably about 80% of our population) you will see great returns. Sometimes just a little incentive is enough to have a big impact.

I am also not saying we give a direct hand-out, but a hand-up. Most people who are hardworking can take small incentives from the government and turn them into gold.

An issue I have had for a long time in our community is that we are always screwing around with the fringes of our society while ignoring the folks who actually drive our economy and city. Whether that is the super poor with blatant handouts or the super rich with tax rebates and incentives.

I have outlined on this blog over the years that if our city government ever got their poop in a group, they could put together some simple programs for the working class that would have big paybacks;

• A better, more efficient and affordable public transportation system.

• Tax rebates and incentives for cleaning up core, working class neighborhoods.

• A city mandated minimum wage higher then the state’s minimum wage.

• More regulation on employment ads, such as listing the wage scale.

• A city wide group health insurance program for small business employees and the self-employed.

• City taking care of their property such as fixing their sidewalks and trimming their trees in the boulevard at NO cost to the abutting property owner.

There are many, many, many more things we could add to the list. And while there will always be a need to help the extremely poor, I really don’t think the trickle down method of incentivizing the super rich developers or business owner is working that well, except for them. We need to help the ‘bread and butter’ of our community who work hard already everyday and reward them for the fruits of their labor.

‘Caller of the Day’ wants government to stop doing things for us!

I would have to agree with this gentleman, let’s STOP having government do things for us (like keeping our streets safe for travel and cleaning up after natural disasters). I would expect to get a refund for all the taxes I pay for these services then. I mean why should I pay for all these ‘services’ and get nothing in return for it? Makes sense? Right? Just look at the money we would save if we didn’t have to pay for snow removal, fire department and educating our youth! Heck, let’s get rid of the military to! That would save us trillions in taxes each year.

I don’t get people who think when government provides us a service for something we can’t do individually they think it is a ‘handout’. We pay taxes for a reason. Clean the damn streets when they are covered with snow and ice, or stop taxing me for it! Make up your mind already.

Whether you want to believe it or not, we are already a socialist democracy, this isn’t something Bernie Sanders is making up, we are already there!

South Dakota’s First Man gives hunting safety tips from a drunk

So glad Cameraman Bruce converted this video to YouTube. When I first watched it, I thought it was funny (in a hypocritical way). Our Governor wanted to investigate the Minnehaha County State’s attorney for getting his drink on just a few weeks ago, then puts out this. A hunting guide who apparently drinks and drives, drinks while hunting, likes to get naked, calls Bryon ‘BYRON’ and hits on the Governor’s daughter. There also is probably some copyright infringement going on also with the Rocky theme song. The worst part about the video is seeing the the First Man’s hairy belly (still trying to get that image out of my head).

BTW, I guess Aaron McGowan will have a Democratic primary challenger next year for his position. And it’s juicy, and they will win (if they are running).