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Let's state the Herald editorial board's interest up front: We want UND to choose a new nickname, and we want that nickname to be both thrilling and unifying. For decades, Fighting Sioux qualified on both counts, and it could have kept doing so in the modern era if it had won the support of both Sioux tribes in North Dakota. Alas, it didn't; so now, the search is on for a new name. But while we're confident that UND's new nickname-selection committee can generate a number of exciting and maybe even thrilling names, we're a lot less certain about the "unifying" part.
Good questions have been raised about a few proposals by Grand Forks’ Community and Campus Committee to Reduce High-Risk Alcohol Use. Maybe the answers can be found by remembering the...
How to turn off independent voters and push them toward the other party: If you're a Democrat, blindly support public-sector unions, even when those unions clearly are working in their own — not the taxpayers' — interest. And if you're a Republican, keep on with the Voter ID charade, in which the GOP's conservative wing backs only those rules that happen to suppress Democratic-leaning votes. Case in point on the latter situation: the latest fracas in the North Dakota Legislature, this one involving student IDs. The Legislature's 2013 Voter ID law — which passed both House
The North Dakota Legislature doesn't act often to hobble law enforcement.
Minnesota has led the nation in so many areas and for so many years. Now, here's a chance for the state to do so again: to show the rest of the country, including Congress, how a divided government can work together to get big things done. The answer: compromise. And the urgent need to fix the state's bone-jarring highways is the perfect arena for the process to work. The roads need the help, as every Minnesotan knows.
Many aspects of life in rural America are subsidized by the government. And rural Americans needn't apologize for that. For one thing, support for rural states is baked into the U.S. Constitution. Every state gets two senators, and those senators serve for six-year, not two-year, terms. Clearly, the founders intended for rural states to exercise unusual influence in Washington. And the Farm Bill, Rural Electrification Act, Tennessee Valley Authority and countless other rural-state supports are among the results. For another thing, federal and state governments subsidize city life, too.
Better late than never. Grand Forks and university police faced a choice Tuesday, and we're pleased to note they chose -- belatedly -- to honor the public's interest. They did this by volunteering much more information about the Saturday morning incident that had ended when an officer shot a suspect in the Altru Hospital parking lot in Grand Forks. As Tuesday's editorial noted, the police had been stubbornly tight-lipped about the incident through the weekend and beyond. The department should have been more open about the shooting from the start.
"If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America," President Lyndon Johnson reportedly mourned after watching veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite criticize America's war effort in Vietnam. This week, a North Dakota news item should have made State Board of Higher Education members sit bolt upright in similar alarm. For among those who spoke most forcefully in favor of chiseling into law legislators' distrust of the board was Rep.
One reason above all others should convince the Minnesota Legislature to allow Sunday liquor sales: The public wants it. Make that, the public really wants it. When Public Policy Polling asked Minnesotans in 2013 whether Sunday liquor sales should be allowed, fully 62 percent said "Yes" and only 31 percent answered "No." (Seven percent were undecided.) In short, the "ayes" had it, and by a 2-1 margin, too. Against that kind of sentiment, the reasons for keeping the ban on Sunday liquor sales had better be very strong.
In his column on today's editorial page, Jerry Waletzko suggests that a strong and well-managed visitors' program can help keep prison inmates on the "straight and narrow" after release.