GRAND FORKS—In response to recent diatribes predicting the demise of the Democratic Party in North Dakota, I've been thinking the matter over, and I believe there are no grounds to conclude that a one-party system in any democracy can be in the best interest of the people. To balance power, the Republican Party cannot exist in a vacuum. The element of competence in governing needs to be accounted for. Let's not forget that absolute power corrupts absolutely—a proposition that dates back to the 1800s and writer Lord Acton.
GRAND FORKS—With respect to what's going on with UND's budget, I agree with the Herald editorial's analysis ("Schafer's biggest foes: Not critics, but mistrust and time", editorial, Page F1, April 24). But I would say the matter is not without critics. What's puzzling about the huge budget cuts being considered by President Ed Schafer is that he's an interim president, but he's focused on a five-year plan.