E Pluribus Unum.... This latin phrase translates to “Out of One, Many”. It was adopted by Congress in 1782 as our nation’s motto and has been featured on our Great Seal and currency. In 1956 it was replaced with “In God We Trust”. I believe it is time to restore it.

The majority populations of the American continents are immigrants but the United States has an ironic history of hostility toward new immigrants, particularly under our current administration that continues today. How can we justify separating families seeking asylum? What family value do we honor when ICE agents capture parents on the first day of school, leaving no one at home to care for the children?

Serious students of American History know well the many significant contributions immigrants have made. Under the motto “Make America Great Again” Donald Trump has set us back decades and deepened class, racial, and religious strife.

We have been complacent for far too long. It is time we lived up to our national ideals and recognized the legal rights of those who seek justice and a better life here as so many of our ancestors did.

Mark Winegar, Vermillion


Wind powers opportunity in South Dakota.

It’s American Wind Week and from farm to factory there’s a lot to celebrate—there are so many ways wind powers opportunity.

Although agriculture is South Dakota’s top industry, the state’s growing wind development has made it the newest member of the “Gigawatt Club” with 1,019 megawatts (1 gigawatt) of installed wind power. Last year, wind provided 24.4 percent of all of South Dakota’s electricity production, putting us 5th in the nation for our share of electricity coming from wind.

The wind industry also provides more than 2,000 jobs here. With a capital investment of $2.2 billion and more than 600 turbines up and running, wind generates not only power but some $6 million in state and local tax payments and another $1 — $5 million in annual land lease payments.

Wind power will continue to grow because it is renewable, emission-free and cost-competitive.

Tom Paulson, Watertown

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