Herald editorial board
When a Philadelphia Starbucks manager saw two black men lingering in a booth earlier this spring, she called 911. It possibly was racially motivated and definitely was an overreaction. Saturday, Starbucks responded with another overreaction, at the far opposite end of the spectrum.
Herald editorial board Will Gardner made a bad decision 12 years ago. Sunday, he made a good one. Gardner, the Republican Party's endorsed candidate for North Dakota secretary of state, chose to withdraw from the race after the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported he was involved in a window-peeping incident in 2006. The story broke Friday. Sunday, Gardner withdrew via his campaign's Facebook page. "In light of recent events, I have decided to withdraw from the election of secretary of state," he wrote. "This is the best decision for my family and me."
Herald editorial board Corporate farming, Medicaid expansion, tax policy and Obamacare—according to the candidates themselves, those are issues that separate North Dakota's two major-party candidates for U.S. House of Representatives. Democrat Mac Schneider and Republican Kelly Armstrong met in the first debate of the campaign season earlier this month at an event in Bismarck sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association. The debate was polite and reserved as the candidates debated for an hour. At one point, they were asked how their opinions differ.
Herald editorial board Thank you, Federal Communications Commission, for the recent effort to thwart the illegal telemarketers who repeatedly call with offers and scams. Last week, the FCC gave its largest fine ever to a Florida man who evidently is responsible for more than 96 million — yes, 96 million — unwanted telephone calls in the United States. His name is Adrian Abramovich and the FCC ordered him to pay $120 million in fines.
Anyone wishing to understand the feud between the Engelstad Foundation and UND President Mark Kennedy faces a real barrier: Not enough information. Obviously, the foundation's director, Kris Engelstad McGarry, is upset with the relationship between her organization and Kennedy. Last week, she told the Herald editorial board her communications with Kennedy have deteriorated, possibly resulting in fewer dollars donated to the university.
Herald editorial board A year ago (May 3, 2017) the Herald opined — nay, wished — for a downtown grocery store that would become a focal point of future renovation in urban Grand Forks. The editorial appeared in the days around the closing of Amazing Grains, the small co-op store that provided about the only easy-access grocery option downtown.
Herald editorial board The idea behind an event Thursday at UND's Gorecki Center was to generate a conversation that could help businesses better understand challenges and change. It didn't take long for that outcome to materialize. The first session of the Corporate Forum — sponsored by UND and the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. — featured CEOs from ag-related industries and covered various topics, ranging from dealing with change to facing the challenges of the immediate future.
Herald editorial board In the world of public speaking, it's good to know your audience. Saturday at the North Dakota Newspaper Association convention, an example of not knowing the audience created an awkward moment for candidates for North Dakota's seat in the U.S. House. During their debate, Republican Kelly Armstrong and Democrat Mac Schneider were asked about postal reform. Specifically: "Do you support the 2018 Postal Service Reform Act?" Schneider answered first.
When the Grand Forks Varmints played their first game in 1996, the crowd stretched Kraft Field to its capacity. Temporary bleachers were filled, while others sat along the fences to watch. The stadium ran out of hot dogs by the second inning. That scene probably is in the heads of anyone who hopes baseball — other than American Legion ball — will return to Grand Forks. But the reality of these leagues is often far from the misty, romantic memories and optimistic hopes of boosters.
Herald editorial board Remember North Dakota's milk-and-honey years of yore? Namely, 2015? That's when the state again lowered its income tax rate for individuals and corporations, providing more than $100 million in relief for state residents. It was the fourth consecutive legislative session that saw a state income tax reduction. At the time, it seemed wise. The oil boom was in full swing and providing a sizeable windfall for the state. Everybody knows what happened since, and now the state continues to make cuts to public programs because of shortfalls.