I am amazed that the Argus Leader put this on their front page today:
Sioux Falls became entrenched in its own version of "A Tale of Two Cities" Wednesday night.
Compared to Charles Dickens' tale of crime, war and deception set in London and Paris, ABC's "20/20" program cast Sioux Falls in a generous light comparing charitable giving of the city and San Francisco.
ABC reporter John Stossel said religious participation is the biggest predictor of whether someone will be charitable.
Sioux Falls is rural and religious, with half of the population going to church, he said. San Francisco residents make more money, are more liberal and only 14 percent attend church.
"I would assume people here would give a lot," Stossel said of the California city.
Stossel said San Francisco collected half as much in Salvation Army buckets in front of Macy's, compared with Sioux Falls at Wal-Mart. Maj. Paul Duskin of the local Salvation Army said the two-day total reached about $1,000.
The ABC segment cites Arthur Brooks' book, "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassion and Conservatism," which identified South Dakota and the city by the bay as having the same giving per family - $1,300 and the same population, said Jay Powell, Sioux Empire United Way president.
Yet San Francisco's income per capita was 78 percent higher than South Dakota, he said.
"That struck the author as interesting," Powell said. "I've seen other studies that we are one of the most generous communities in the nation. We should feel proud of it.
"We still care about our neighbors."
Brooks told Stossel that conservatives give about 30 percent more than liberals, and conservative-headed families make slightly less money. The author said the rich and working poor are more likely to contribute.
Now is the time to tell the Argus Leader to stop pushing the agenda of the far-left. Now is the time that we look to ourselves as the source of solutions and not the corrupt in Washington DC.
And we also need to help John Thune get back to his conservative roots and be a leader that stands up to the lying left by promoting the truth. Right now his mission seems to be a contest on how he can bring home more pork than the Democrats.