Congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:56
Members of South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation say ideas presented by Democratic President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech will increase government bureaucracy and hurt the middle class.
Obama called for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and new initiatives to boost the middle class, but Sen. Mike Rounds says he thinks the taxes would impact small business owners, entrepreneurs, and farmers and ranchers.
Sen. John Thune says it's time for new ideas "after six years of the same stale policies," and he says the Republican-controlled Congress is focused on reform.
Rep. Kristi Noem says she thinks most of Obama's speech "was about politics." She says South Dakotans deserve to hear about opportunities instead.
Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement regarding the President’s State of the Union address:
“Nebraskans tell me they want Congress and the President to work together to find solutions to our national challenges. Unfortunately, the President’s State of the Union address focused on the same partisan policies which divide us rather than bring us together.
“Rather than seeking common ground with the new Republican Congress, the President suggested more taxes, more spending, more regulations, and more executive power. The American people flatly rejected this agenda in the last election. I hope the President will choose to work with us on serious proposals to empower individuals and families, encourage economic growth, and put our country on a better, more sustainable path.”
Report on Valentine Police Dept.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:38
Valentine Police Chief Dana Miller released the annual report from the city police department noting several changes during 2014. Long time Chief Ben McBride resigned to pursue private business and Miller was hired as his replacement. Two new officers were hired this past fall to bring the department to full strength. Officers include Chief Miller, Lt. Jamon Slama, Jim McCormich, Brandon Ormesher and Jasmine Hoefs. Chief Miller will be on the KVSH Comment program this Thursday to discuss the report and details of the activities of the department. In 2014 the officers responded to 5,646 calls which was 200 more than in 2013.