RURAL REFLECTIONS Fit to Fight
I just got done watching an installment on a television morning show. The title of the piece was Unfit to Fight. It told how a high percentage of America's population does not fit into the mil... Posted on 3/11/12 at 6:59 AM
Scandals plague Washington. Critics attack the president from all sides. Partisans go at each other tooth and nail, and not just on talk radio but in Congress itself. To put it another way: Ain’t America grand? Because it’s obvious on this Memorial Day that there’s no finer country on Earth.
Grand Forks is a college town, and recent events here show an enlightened attitude toward higher ed and its many different roles. Those roles have pop-culture as well as high-culture elements — and successful college communities such as Grand Forks do a good job of handling both.
How do we build a good and prosperous society? That’s a question for the ages. But a fascinating, large-scale experiment now underway should provide a few answers. Best of all, the experiment is happening in real time — and right down the street.
The North Dakota House’s higher-education funding bill both authorizes too little money for infrastructure projects and mandates too many delays in spending it. Those are two good reasons why a conference committee should lean toward the Senate’s much stronger bill.
N.D. House members should turn back a subcommittee’s recommendations.
When it comes to voting wisely on major construction projects or dramatic reforms, two years of study and preparation for lawmakers is a lot better than two weeks. Let alone two days.
In recent weeks, the North Dakota Legislature has seen too much lawmaking for a cause and not enough lawmaking for the state. Case in point: The so-called “Grande amendment” to Senate Bill 2368, mercifully stripped out of the bill Tuesday by a conference committee.
Last year, the pendulum in Minnesota swung on teacher licensure. This year, it’s swinging back. Just once, let’s slow and stop the swing of the thing so that it rests at equilibrium, rather than correcting for overswings for many more years to come.
Someday, Austin Krause might be a parent. Someday, Austin Krause might have a high-school-age youngster who’s a varsity athlete. And someday, that son or daughter might complain to Austin Krause about not getting enough playing time. Now, that’s a conversation we’d like to hear.
What’s needed in the debate over the killing of American leaders of al-Qaida is a middle ground. Luckily, a middle ground is emerging, and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is its most respected champion. Congress should adopt policies that broadly reflect Gates’ views.
There’s more to the “Milk Bill” controversy than meets the eye, as the column on this page by state Rep Patrick Hatlestad, R-Williston, N.D., makes clear.
There’s even more to it than Hatlestad’s column suggests.
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