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Universities across the country have come up with a novel idea in the ongoing fight against campus crime. Social intervention – meaning not necessarily some sort of physical act –...
Years ago, a talk-radio host found a way to silence complaints about a slow housing market, then and forever. The caller was fretting about how long his home had been on the market. But the host interrupted: "Look," he said."Let's say you put your house on the market for $1. Would it sell?" Well, sure, the caller responded. "Then the issue is only partly the slow market," the host declared. "The other part is your refusal to lower your price.
Oil prices collapse. Gas prices fall. And all of this in utter defiance of theories of resource scarcity, including Peak Oil: How wonderful it is to see The Doomslayer, the late economist Julian Simon, proven right once again. And while Simon died in 1998, a kindred spirit now graces America's editorial pages.
This time, the alarmists are not crying "Wolf." They're crying "Too few wolves." But the effect will be the same: a cynical public not only ignoring the calls, but also resenting the groups that keep raising false alarms. Expect a backlash, in the form of Congress taking control of wolf populations out of the hands of activists and judges and giving it back to wildlife biologists, where it belongs. It has happened before. It should happen again.
Without question, North Dakota needs to spend more on effective mental health services, the Herald's series on mental health has documented. And luckily for the state, farsighted lawmakers agree. Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget boosts funding for the services by 13 percent, in part because of the recommendations of an interim legislative committee, a Herald story reported. But as North Dakota's legislative session approaches, California's experience should be both an example and a cautionary tale.
Here's a prediction: The North Dakota Department of Health's proposed rules on oilfield waste will go into effect with few changes. If that happens, then the result will be both a credit to the department's rulemakers and a road map for enacting environmentally sensitive regulations. Other state agencies — notably, the North Dakota Industrial Commission — should take note. As the health department enters a comment period on its proposals regarding TENORM (technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials), its efforts so far stand out for this reason: The depart
Our view: The fund must focus on projects of regional and statewide significance, including trails.
"A new Gallup survey of nationwide well-being ranks North Dakota at the top," Time magazine reported back in February. And the top of the rankings offers a pretty good vantage from which to evaluate the state of New York's new ban on fracking. The verdict: The ban is a sad overreaction to the available evidence. Last week, New York Gov.
When it comes to art, beginners "typically favor the most conservative and traditional," as Laurel Reuter, chairwoman of the Grand Forks Public Arts Commission, notes in her column nearby. Over time, "their attention gravitates to art perceived as more difficult, less easy to pin down, harder to name." Now, here's a thought, as the Grand Forks Public Arts Commission continues its exciting and important work: Perhaps communities undergo something of the same transition. If they do, then we'd urge the committee to think of Grand Forks as a "beginner" community -- not at all in a condescendin
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Now, give the lucky gent an endowment that supports aquaculture, and not only will he be able to dine on seafood for the rest of his days, his children and grandchildren and all of their descendants will be able to eat their fill as well. Such is the power of an endowment.