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With its trees, signs and sculptures, Arbor Park in downtown Grand Forks is full of stuff. And that does make it nice for motorists and pedestrians to look at. It sure is a lot prettier than the vacant lot at the corner of DeMers Avenue and South Fourth Street, a few doors away. But if you stand across South Fourth Street and watch both spaces, you'll notice that the ugly lot and the pretty park have one thing in common. They lack people. Yes, Arbor Park is full of stuff. But it often looks like a lonely place, because it so seldom has many visitors.
A line in a recent letter-to-the-editor should be central in deciding North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani's fate. Importantly, Bresciani didn't write the line. Nevertheless, when the State Board of Higher Education meets today, members should resolve to question Bresciani about it and find out his views. Then, if Bresciani's opinion corresponds with the members' and with board policy, Bresciani's contract should be renewed. The NDSU president has taken the board's earlier criticisms to heart and seems to be working hard to comply.
Why do colleges make such a big deal of sports? This is why: UND's teams excelling in Saturday's Big Sky Conference games, in which the women's volleyball team won its regular-season championship outright, and the football team gained at least a share of the title. Tremendous achievements. And they happened with such drama, from the football team's astounding comeback late in the game to the volleyball team's successful fight for the right to host the post-season championship. More about both developments in a minute.
It's March of this year, and you're North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer's political director. The campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is coming down to three. Well, two, because Ohio Gov. John Kasich has won only one primary, and that was in his home state. So the two remaining candidates are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz—and Donald Trump. And the North Dakota Republican Party's convention is fast approaching. That's the scene. Now, finish this statement: "Congressman, here's what you should do ..."
Why an Electoral College? Just look around. If you live in North Dakota or Minnesota, the reason is clear. For North Dakota and Minnesota are not just regions on the American map, like Appalachia or the Southwest. They command respect, because they have power. They have power because they are states. And our country is, of course, the United States. The Electoral College is a vital component of our "united states" system. In fact, it's an element of which the Founders said they were especially proud.
North Dakota Democrats took a statewide beating Tuesday, very much including in Grand Forks. Voters turned out thoughtful, respected incumbents such as Mac Schneider, Kylie Oversen and Connie Triplett, with Schneider and Oversen among those who serve in leadership posts. Two thoughts: First, sincere thanks to the candidates for their service—and congratulations, too, for their good fortune in serving as lawmakers in America.
A comment heard on National Public Radio early Tuesday evening stuck with us. "No matter who wins," the analyst said glumly, "the country will be worse off on Wednesday that it was on Monday." The reason, of course, is that the national divides are so deep and so stark. And they're showing up not only in the split between Red and Blue, but also in how Americans talk with each other and think about each other. Most important, neither presidential candidate has shown much inclination to bridge those gaps. Above all else, that's what must change.
A long tradition in newspaper editorials is to use Election Day to celebrate America's system of voting. But 2016 is a troubling year, because the widespread unhappiness with both major presidential candidates makes the system seem creakier and less reliable than in previous years. How about fixing it? Maybe it's time for reforms that could boost Americans' satisfaction with the system. And maybe Election Day is the perfect time to start thinking about them.
North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer doesn't need hearings to learn why Donald Trump has fared poorly in media accounts. A glance at the Herald's Sunday editorial page will tell him all he needs to know. On that day, the Herald recapped the endorsements of Forum Communications, the Herald's parent company. And in the category of "U.S. president," readers found the words, "No endorsement." There's your answer, Congressman. Donald Trump lost Forum Communications. And that's not something he or anyone else can blame on CNN.
Endorsements in state and national races represent the views of Forum Communications, the Herald's parent company. The Herald endorses in select local elections—including, this year, Grand Forks' vote on whether to increase the local sales tax by ¾ cent. Here are Forum Communications' endorsements for the 2016 election: National races U.S. president: No endorsement U.S. Senate, North Dakota: John Hoeven U.S. House—North Dakota: Kevin Cramer U.S. House—Minnesota, District 7: Collin Peterson