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There's a quote that's often attributed to Winston Churchill, but really belongs to another former British prime minister, Harold Macmillan. It goes like this: "Jaw, jaw is better than war, war." The Minneapolis City Council should take note—not because of the quote's origin, but because of its wisdom. For the council's looking at "war, war" when "jaw, jaw" would entirely do. What a mistake that would be, and on so many levels, including the fact that the whole premise for "war, war" is at least arguable and at most wrong.
We'll leave the talk of Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command and Space Warning Squadron to the experts at the Pentagon. But as Air Force Gen. and Chief of Staff David Goldfein visits local Air Force facilities, we'd like to both welcome him and call his attention to the core mission that Grand Forks residents are experts in: Quality of life. In the Air Force, those three words add up to a vital fourth: retention. Few other tasks are more essential for the service at this point. And no other community is as good at helping airmen achieve a great quality of life.
To North Dakota lawmakers: Are you interested in helping President-elect Trump fulfill his promise to Make America Great Again? And are you interested in making North Dakota a national leader in that effort? Then take up the cause that's sure not only to be smart policy, but also to put North Dakota in a flattering national spotlight: Voter ID. No, not that Voter ID, the one that has prompted judges to intervene from coast to coast, including in North Dakota. This Voter ID: Bipartisan Voter ID. Is such a thing even possible?
Duke lacrosse. Baylor football. Now, the University of Minnesota football scandal, which—importantly—fits neither of the above narratives. Instead, U of M authorities seem to be finding the elusive middle way. In the Duke lacrosse case, athletes' lives were upended by accusations of racism and rape—accusations that later were shown to be false.
The Herald's series, "Hooked in Heartland," looked at addiction through the eyes of therapists, physicians, police officers, family members and the addicts themselves. Now, here are the professionals with whom society should consult next: Linguists. Yes, we're serious. Because the more we learn about addiction, the more we realize our language—our vocabulary—is inadequate to the task.
Editor's note: On Dec. 5, Paul Eberth, project director for Enbridge Energy, stopped by the Herald to talk with the editorial board about the company's LIne 3 Pipeline replacement project. The following is a transcript of the conversation, edited for clarity and length. Q: The Canadian government recently approved Line 3. So, where are you at with it in the United States? It crosses North Dakota slightly, correct?
Enbridge Energy's Line 3 replacement project makes perfect sense. The project will swap out a prematurely aging and corroding crude-oil pipeline for a state-of-the-art replacement. We anticipate few objections from Minnesota agencies, smooth sailing at the state-board level and strong support from northern Minnesota. But that isn't enough. Enbridge officials may not want to quarrel with the anti-pipeline movement. But that movement very much wants to quarrel with them. More important, that movement can kill the project—but only if Enbridge loses the PR war.
A smart plan is one that offers proposals that make people think, "Hey. Interesting. Someone took a fresh look at the landscape, and came up with a good idea." The new Plan for Downtown Grand Forks sparks a number of those happy jolts. That means the Mayor's Downtown Vibrancy Group did a creative and professional job. Grand Forks should welcome the plan and use it as intended, which means as a blueprint for building an even more successful and attractive downtown.
Today is North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's last full day in office. Thursday, Doug Burgum will start his term in Bismarck as Dalrymple's successor. And for North Dakotans, that transition is both exhilarating and unsettling. Because while Burgum has a terrific reputation as a business leader, he's an unknown quantity in a public-service leadership role. Dalrymple, in contrast, has been neither exhilarating nor unsettling. And we mean that as high praise. Because what Jack Dalrymple is, is steadying.
North Dakotans should be proud that two of the state's members of Congress are being considered for Cabinet posts. Midwestern states like to be known for punching above their weight: Iowa, for its outsized influence in presidential campaigns; Minnesota, where innovative governance routinely draws national attention.