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.
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.
Helping local law enforcement is all well and good.
But that’s not why the United States beefed up the Border Patrol along the Canadian border to 10 times its pre-Sept. 11 size, an expansion documented in a recent Herald story.
Something good is happening in Massachusetts’ schools. And America’s other 49 states should be lining up to learn about it. Herald editorials have made this point before. But it’s worth repeating today because of Tuesday’s headlines out of the Bay State: “Massachusetts students excel on global examinations,” the Boston Globe reported.
Crime in North Dakota is up, news media in the state have reported for years, and The New York Times confirmed in a Page 1 story Sunday. But the state’s population also is up. So, does the increase in population account for the increase in crime?
The controversy over the UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname in Grand Forks simmered for 30 years, boiled over only when superheated by the NCAA and remains noticeably warm today. At hockey games, many fans still close out the national anthem by shouting, “Sioux.”
North Dakota’s students did reasonably well on “the Nation’s’ Report Card,” as the National Assessment of Educational Progress is known. But the students trailed their counterparts in Minnesota on a few key indicators, notably the ones that measure reading performance.
“When the legend becomes fact,” says a newsman in a classic movie, “print the legend.” Not any more. These days, not only would the fact be televised upon exposure of the legend, so too would the speculation, the interviews with the legend’s ex-wives and the exclusive videotape from the night it all came down.
“Suppose now a traveler, who, towards evening, expects to reach the two stations at the end of his day’s journey, (which will be) four or five leagues, with post horses, on the high road — it is nothing,” Clausewitz writes.
In some 40 states, the highest paid state employee is a football or basketball coach. Why? This week in Grand Forks, North Dakotans and Minnesotans are learning the answer as a coaching drama plays out.
Battle lines haven’t yet formed for next year’s vote on whether to replace the North Dakota Board of Higher Education. But once the campaigns get underway, here’s a strategy tip for the pro-board side:
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