Sunday, July 29, 2018

Rapid City Journal lays spike in suicides at SDGOP's door


What do fat, white Republicans like Pat Powers have in common besides being far greater burdens on American health care than those who exercise regularly?

They all say cannabis is dangerous to young adults while also saying efforts to reduce childhood obesity, like a sugar or soda tax, is over-regulation, government overreach or nanny-statism. A study recently published in the Journal of Rural Health found the suicide rate for farmers is not only the highest of any occupation in America, it's spiking because of a lack of ready access to mental health care services. South Dakota writer, Tom Lawrence calls it part of "the insanity of the Farm Bill." Still another study just concluded cannabis is an effective antidepressant therapy for some patients while keeping it illegal creates paranoia, anxiety and stigmatization.
While most everyone — including state Health Secretary Kim Malsom-Rysdon — acknowledges the gravity of the problem, it seems the state lacks a pro-active approach to address it. In general, the state of South Dakota has paid scant attention to a growing mental-health crisis. Now, the burden of mental-health care largely falls on local governments that must deal with its costly consequences with little state assistance. A true solution starts with the governor's office and the Legislature. It is time for elected leaders to get off the sidelines on this critical issue and lead or the death toll will likely keep rising. [OURS: Surging suicide rate needs to be addressed]
Which parts of six month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights and an extremist legislature escape you people? Cannabis is an effective therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The annual criminal costs of video lootery in South Dakota have reached $42 million and the social costs an estimated $62 million. Video lootery and South Dakota's plunge into despair are inextricably linked. When video lootery began in 1986 104 charges were filed for robbery, grand theft and aggravated theft. There were 1,037 cases in 1990 and last year they went past 4000.

No higher being will ever be anything but predatory. After painting Barack Obama as the antichrist we're watching evangelicals fawn over career criminal Donald Trump as their Righter of Wrongs. It's horrifying in its duplicity. The End Times fulfill a prophesy and welcome a supernatural extraterrestrial to create a one-world government.

It's a dystopian fantasy run amok.

Translation: the South Dakota Republican Party is a reactionary group of earth haters who believes greed is good at any expense.

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