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Al Franken is a liberal Democrat. So, perhaps it's not surprising that he claims in the Q&A on this page that the congressional ban on earmarks was a mistake. After all, until they were banned in 2010, earmarks were the traditional means by which congressmen delivered federal projects to their districts. But the Minnesota senator is not alone.
Q. You were in Roseau, Minn., to celebrate the completion of the $44.3 million Roseau Flood Risk Management system. What did you see? Franken: They're still building the diversion, but it's virtually all in place. The last piece of it is being completed. This project is one in which there were some tricky legislative barriers. That's because it went over budget, and when we tried to get additional money to complete it (which it would have been insane not to do), we ran into the earmarks ban. But (Minnesota Rep.) Collin Peterson and myself and others, we got it done. Q.
Thursday marked the start of UND’s wait-and-see attitude toward giving cost-of-attendance cash grants to all scholarship athletes. So, let’s wait and see just a little while longer: Waiting … waiting...
Across North Dakota, a big part of statewide student testing now is spelled ACT. These days, the exam is required for high-school juniors, which means the state can take pride in its strong ranking among the 13 states that require the ACT. But when North Dakotans start looking nationwide, they should know that testing still is spelled the same way it has been for a generation: NAEP. The National Assessment of Educational Progress remains the only test designed to yield a statistically valid comparison of students' reading and math skills in all 50 states.
When Robert Kelley was appointed to the UND presidency in 2008, he was told that the State Board of Higher Education would rule on the UND nickname. "The decision is not mine," Kelley told the Herald back then. "It rests with the State Board of Higher Education and the chancellor working with the state board.
When Chancellor Mark Hagerott embarked on his listening tour across North Dakota, he specifically asked for reasons why the North Dakota University System has had a rocky relationship with stakeholders. Here's one: University administrators too often conduct themselves as though they're above the rules.
What's the toughest job to do well in public service? The answer could be prison administration. Think of the "stakeholders" an administrator must satisfy: Taxpayers, who want offenders locked up. Lawmakers, whose re-election depends on public safety. Guards, with their own need for physical safety and security. Last but not least, inmates, who are the point of it all. They must be confined, but not brutalized; treated humanely, but not coddled.
"He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur. ..." So speaks Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
The phrase is "Garbage in, garbage out," and it describes a process that has been known since the earliest days of computing. It highlights the fact that because computers are programmed to be purely logical calculators, feeding bad data into one guarantees that the computer's output will be bad as well. Of course, humans have the capacity of judgment, which generally lets us recognize bad data and reject it. Generally. But there are exceptions. And one of them showed up this week at The Washington Post.