Is this some kind of metaphor for West River, where Democrats who dare to criticize Republican pronouncements that "everything is great in Rapid City" are pooh-poohed as Negative Nellies?
Instead of what we are, the reality-based community?
"I think we're very prosperous in West River" -- Elli Schwiesow, Oct 2008
"We're doing very well in South Dakota, thank you very much." -- Brian Gosch, Oct 2008 (paraphrase)
So, because the controlling majorities in the State House, State Senate, and Governor's office are preparing to cut things that will hurt kids and the non-rich. They didn't think ahead, but of course others will pay the cost for their short-sightedness.
The Governor as proposed, among other things, ending state support for the School for the Deaf, cutting out the South Dakota Arts Council, and of course ending any efforts to improve our last-in-the-nation funding of schools.
Yup, everything's just fine here. As a matter of fact, in the Rapid Reply in the Journal, the big concern is not the closing of these critical government services to people that need them. And, the main public concern (if you give any weight to the Journal's "Rapid Reply" [which I don't]) is about gambling.
It's a pretty cold day in our State.