I was bullied when I was in grade school and middle school. I was tall and skinny, and I wore glasses. For these and other reasons, I was frequently harassed and intimidated. While my methods of dealing with those issues were different than what we recommend these days, I do understand what it is like to be bullied, and I am committed to eliminating bullying to whatever extent possible.
In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law prohibiting intimidation and bullying in schools. It provides for no accountability and no effective date by which schools must start to comply. No wonder Minnesota’s law is rated dead last — 49th in the nation — in effectiveness.
Here’s hoping today’s columnist Roger Chamberlain reads what today’s other columnist, John Johnson, has to say. Because by pointing to North Dakota’s anti-bullying law, Johnson may have shown Minnesota’s Republicans and Democrats alike the way forward.RELATED CONTENT
If the Iran nuclear program, now several decades old, had really been “halted” shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium.RELATED CONTENT
Slush has been on my mind in recent days, thanks to the storm that dumped upwards of a foot of snow across vast parts of the region. If you ice fish, you’ll understand my concern.RELATED CONTENT
A raccoon is not a bird, as all of us know, but that doesn’t keep raccoons from coming to a bird feeder. Two of them were near constant guests at our feeders during last week’s storm.RELATED CONTENT
Evelyn and Dr. Robert Warner left Grand Forks this year. They were long time residents who moved down to the Twin Cities to be near their grandkids. But they are coming back in Christmas cards.RELATED CONTENT
Western Michigan’s Lawson Arena and its student section, known as the Lawson Lunatics, provided the UND men’s hockey team one of the best road atmospheres of the season.RELATED CONTENT
I’m pretty certain my wife and kids tire of my stories from “back in the day” or “how things used to be.” More often than not, it’s a discussion about how technology and electronic advances keep people from getting outside, or the capability to visit with new “friends” while waiting in checkout lines.RELATED CONTENT
Most of us have been raised to recoil at cruelty to animals, at least if it is done within our sight. But cruelty to humans? Ha! That’s a different story. That’s how we get our laughs!RELATED CONTENT
The Social Security Administration has three basic sources of income: payroll-related taxes, federal income taxes paid on some SSA benefits, and interest to the SSA trust funds.RELATED CONTENT
We climbed into the patrol car on a dark Sunday morning at 6 with a light rain freezing on the windshield. I was getting a first-hand look at what it is like to be a sheriff’s deputy in the North Dakota Oil Patch by riding shotgun on the first day of December.
Few political feuds seem as deep or as intense as the one between Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Minnesota. The quarrel brought about the shutdown of state government twice in the past 10 years; and to this day, party leaders seem barely able to talk sometimes, stuck as they are in their competing worldviews.RELATED CONTENT
It was bitterly cold outside the other night at my lake cabin, my reluctance to close it up for the winter now edging into the second week of December. Outside, great pillows of snow adorned the cluster of needles on the pine trees.RELATED CONTENT
The UND men’s hockey team has been searching for ways to cure an offensive slump. Lines have been shuffled, a handful of forwards have attempted to play hurt and defensemen have been moved up front.RELATED CONTENT