BreatheND has been the source of a great deal of misinformation. A 2008 initiated measure resulted in establishment of BreatheND to use the additional money given to states who had participated in the lawsuit against tobacco companies. Those extra funds end in 2017. That does not, however, mean that the programs have been eliminated. North Dakota will continue to get the main payments from the Master Settlement Agreement because of a tax on cigarette sales.
Apparently it is time for gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum to have a refresher course on constitutional law, or at least an eighth-grade civics class, particularly on the separation of powers among the three equal branches of government, legislative, executive and judicial. The Legislature does not work for the governor, any more than the Supreme Court works for the governor. The governor does not pass laws; the Legislature does. The governor does not refer issues to the voters. Either the Legislature or the voters themselves put issues on the ballot.
"A public opinion is no substitute for thought," stated Warren Buffett. Never has that been truer than in Doug Burgum's most recent ads, in which he states that endorsed Republican candidate for governor Wayne Stenehjem favors the Affordable Care Act. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only did Stenehjem as our attorney general join with many other states early on to oppose Obamacare, he has long opposed its violations of states' rights.
WEST FARGO—A prominent North Dakota physician said recently, "A hundred years ago, we locked up people with mental illness in state hospitals; today, we put them in jail. This is not an improvement." Substance abuse is a continuing and growing problem.
WEST FARGO — Kudos to the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D.! The Veterans Affairs inspection was just completed, and zero deficiencies were found. Both the VA survey team...