Over the next three years, we are going to do a lot of talking about problems on Indian reservations. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has introduced legislation to create an 11-member, three-year Commission on Native Children.
OK, so the payoff may not be a $1.5 million a year contract, which is the deal Craig Bohl reportedly will be getting for leaving North Dakota State University in favor of coaching Wyoming’s football team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In an act of amazing public service, I have not written a column in three months. In the course of that time, I’ve stepped back from politics, a bit, and thought about other things. That naturally raises the question: How much emotional and psychic space should politics take up in a normal healthy brain?
Home to only 1/5 of 1 percent of the American population, North Dakota isn’t often the subject of big national news stories. The Bakken shale oil boom, though, has brought widespread attention to the Peace Garden State.
William Ruger and Jason Sorens
, December 04, 2013
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?
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