Editorial: Biggest constant during COVID-19 crisis has been lack of leadership (Argus Leader)

Argus Leader: Editorial: Biggest constant during COVID-19 crisis has been lack of leadership. “Forgive us here at the Argus Leader Editorial Board if it feels like we’re going insane. Time and again, we have urged state and city leaders – most notably Gov. Kristi Noem and Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken – to take stronger action in response to a COVID-19 crisis that has led to 34,000 cases and 333 deaths in South Dakota, a state that leads the nation in current per capita hospitalizations. From the day when the first case was confirmed in March to our predicament seven months later, with stressed hospitals entering a critical fall and winter, calls for firm and consistent leadership have largely gone ignored in favor of the governor’s ‘positive pants’ rhetoric and anti-mask talking points. In the interest of accuracy, we’re not actually going insane. We’re just frustrated as hell.”

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