With the elections just days away, we are seeing a lot of passion and a lot of disagreement.
What we can all agree upon is that it takes special citizens to put themselves forward for public office.
No matter whom you vote for Tuesday — or have already voted for — you can take some comfort in the fact that they are Americans who believe that public service can make a difference and are willing to work for the betterment of their township, city, county, state or country.
There is an easy way to show our appreciation to the hardworking men and women of the South Dakota Legislature: Say "yes" to Constitutional Amendment N.
Amendment N "fixed the mileage reimbursement rate for legislators at 5 cents per mile for their travel to and from a legislative session," according to the ballot statement.
That doesn't sound like the most exciting decision to make on Tuesday's ballot.
The state constitution sets 5 cents as the amount legislators are compensated for their first trip to the Capitol and their return trip home during the Legislative session. The nickel reimbursement has been law for a century in South Dakota.
According to a story by correspondent Bob Mercer, "The original rate in the constitution in 1889 was 10 cents per mile. Financial difficulties in the early years of statehood led to a reduction to 5 cents."
State legislators, unlike their national counterparts, are paid a small salary, with the vast majority continuing to hold full-time jobs. They aren't given a salary for life. They don't receive state insurance coverage.
Instead, they travel to Pierre during the coldest months of the year, many from three hours away, to help set the agenda for South Dakota.
Voting "yes" on Amendment N will repeal the restriction so that one rate applies for all of their trips. All told, it would cost about $12,000 to offer a little gas money to our friends, family and neighbors who serve in the South Dakota Legislature.
While voters have been against repealing this law in the past, it deserves another look.