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Many aspects of life in rural America are subsidized by the government. And rural Americans needn't apologize for that. For one thing, support for rural states is baked into the U.S. Constitution. Every state gets two senators, and those senators serve for six-year, not two-year, terms. Clearly, the founders intended for rural states to exercise unusual influence in Washington. And the Farm Bill, Rural Electrification Act, Tennessee Valley Authority and countless other rural-state supports are among the results. For another thing, federal and state governments subsidize city life, too.
Better late than never. Grand Forks and university police faced a choice Tuesday, and we're pleased to note they chose -- belatedly -- to honor the public's interest. They did this by volunteering much more information about the Saturday morning incident that had ended when an officer shot a suspect in the Altru Hospital parking lot in Grand Forks. As Tuesday's editorial noted, the police had been stubbornly tight-lipped about the incident through the weekend and beyond. The department should have been more open about the shooting from the start.
"If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America," President Lyndon Johnson reportedly mourned after watching veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite criticize America's war effort in Vietnam. This week, a North Dakota news item should have made State Board of Higher Education members sit bolt upright in similar alarm. For among those who spoke most forcefully in favor of chiseling into law legislators' distrust of the board was Rep.
One reason above all others should convince the Minnesota Legislature to allow Sunday liquor sales: The public wants it. Make that, the public really wants it. When Public Policy Polling asked Minnesotans in 2013 whether Sunday liquor sales should be allowed, fully 62 percent said "Yes" and only 31 percent answered "No." (Seven percent were undecided.) In short, the "ayes" had it, and by a 2-1 margin, too. Against that kind of sentiment, the reasons for keeping the ban on Sunday liquor sales had better be very strong.
In his column on today's editorial page, Jerry Waletzko suggests that a strong and well-managed visitors' program can help keep prison inmates on the "straight and narrow" after release.
The good news is that the state high-school hockey tournament is scheduled to be back in Grand Forks next year and for a bunch of years after that. "State tournament host sites are subject to change; however, the current rotation calendar has Grand Forks hosting the combined boys and girls state hockey tournament from 2016-2022," Forum News Service reported this week. The bad news is that this status is "subject to change," as the quote makes clear.
Members of an organization's board of directors have one all-important task: hiring and supervising the right CEO. After all, the success of the whole enterprise can depend on whether that job gets done well or poorly. So, it's disappointing that when the time came for the Grand Forks School Board to tackle this core duty -- a vital assignment that no one else can perform -- most of the board members shirked. The board's job, assigned to them by state law, is to evaluate Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nybladh.
The more things change, they more they ... Actually change and stay changed, sometimes. And that just might be the case with a proposal to reform Minnesota's "last in, first out" system for laying off teachers, for the reform faces an altered and much more favorable landscape than it did the last time it was considered in St. Paul. Let's hope so, because the bipartisan reform is worth enacting.
It's easy to dismiss the Dakota Resource Council when it claims North Dakota isn't doing enough to prevent oil trains from exploding. After all, the council is an environmental group, and its hostility to fossil fuels in general and extensive drilling in North Dakota in particular hurts its credibility on this issue. It's also easy to wave off other activist critics, who have no patience with the give-and-take of politics and are quick to attribute decisions they disagree with to greed. But criticisms of North Dakota's policies also are being offered by sources that are harder to ignore.
"Then also Cassandra opens her mouth with fates to come, by the order of the gods not ever believed by the Trojans. "Miserable we, for whom that day would be the last, covered the shrine of the gods with festal garlands through the city." Thus spake Aeneas, mourning the fact that the Trojans did not believe Cassandra when she warned them not to bring "the shrine of the gods" — actually, a certain wooden horse — into their city. So, too, should Democrats and Republicans — but especially Democrats — lament the folly of approving groundbreaking social legislation by 100