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The economics term is "diminishing returns." The popular term is "low-hanging fruit." Either way, the idea's the same: Achieving the first 70 or 80 or 90 percent of a goal generally is the easy part. But the stubborn percentage that remains — well, that's where it gets tough. And in public policy, putting up ladders and picking that high-in-the-tree "fruit" winds up costing lots of money and usually yielding many fewer bushels per dollar. So, here's the question for the North Dakota and Minnesota Legislatures, which set traffic policy:
Arts planning can help make Grand Forks a better city. Events planning can help make Grand Forks a more prosperous city. And if the community succeeds in both of those elements, it'll gain the best of both worlds. That's why the Grand Forks vibrancy committee's forum for event planners this week is great news. The committee already has focused on arts initiatives in smart and exciting ways. There are questions to answer and problems to be solved; but ultimately, the net result is likely to be a stronger and more vibrant arts community citywide.
For an individual, a household or a multimillion-dollar organization, putting a budget together is all about setting priorities. So is cutting a budget. And for UND, a high priority for the rest of 2016 has to be choosing a Fighting Hawks logo and getting it into campuswide use. That's why the logo-selection effort should not fall to the budget ax: UND needs to get the logo job done. And the sooner the university unveils a striking and high-quality design, the better.
"To establish post offices and post roads." There it is in black and white, right there in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the same clause that gives Congress the power to coin money, regulate commerce and declare war. Clearly, such a duty enshrined by the founders is not one Congress should take lightly. That's why we're pleased to see a reform bill that eases the Postal Service's financial woes while maintaining six-day-a-week delivery winning bipartisan support.
Q. What are you in town for? We did a weatherization event. We went over and watched what they did. That's such a great program. It's a huge return on...
North Dakota is sitting atop a gold mine. And sooner or later, the price of gold is sure to recover. Which might be why North Dakota seems unusually chipper for a place that's now embarked on its biggest budget cut in state government history. Of course, the "gold" we're referring to is not the mineral, but the liquid of equal volatility and fame: "black gold," or oil.
Parents and fans of Shanley High School in Fargo have access to an interesting and useful website: ShanleyTV.com. The site live streams and archives Shanley sports and academic events. Shanley students operate the cameras, as far as we can tell. Even more interestingly, Shanley students provide play-by-play and color commentary at games, gaining terrific sportscasting experience while adding to the fun and excitement for viewers. The internet TV operation is a nice asset for the school, a valuable recruiting tool and no doubt very popular with parents.
A year ago, the Devils Lake airport was on the receiving end of some bad publicity. And not just any bad publicity: This one aired nationally on CBS News. "When CBS News flew to Devils Lake, N.D., last week, a town with a population of 7,200, there were rows of empty seats and only four other passengers," a CBS News team reported in February 2015. "The Department of Transportation shells out over $6 million a year to fund that route, one of 113 in the lower 48 states servicing rural communities like Devils Lake."
For the past week in North Carolina, that state's new Voter ID law has been argued in federal court. Among those testifying against the law was Rosanell Eaton, a black woman who, at 94, still can remember having to recite the preamble to the U.S. Constitution before voting under the state's old Jim Crow laws, and who last year had to make 10 trips to various state offices to get an ID that complies with North Carolina's new law. But guess what?
The Legacy Fund. The Common Schools Trust Fund. The Budget Stabilization Fund. The Foundation Aid Stabilization Fund. The Water Resources Trust Fund. These and other state-managed funds set North Dakota apart and will greatly ease the pain of the state's budget shortfall, Gov. Jack Dalrymple says in his interview on this page. But one of those funds is not like the others.