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There are developments now and then at UND that ought to make North Dakotans sad, mad or ashamed. The fact that Fighting Sioux merchandise now is on sale in Engelstad Arena isn't one of them. Here's the bottom line where the Fighting Sioux nickname is concerned: UND did not bring about the nickname's demise. The NCAA did.
Back in 1967, if a person had proposed building Grand Forks' new Red River High School on farmland far to the south — say, on the site that now holds Discovery Elementary School — that person would have been laughed out of town. And he or she wouldn't have had to go far, given that 17th Avenue South (where Red River wound up) was the southern edge of much of Grand Forks back then. But while a far-south location for Red River would have been plenty inconvenient for a few generations of students, it sure would be coming in handy now.
Disposal. Radioactive waste. North Dakota. Maybe it's not surprising that the first time those five words were said in a sentence, they were the only words that North Dakotans heard. Even though the rest of the sentence went like this: "It is a scientific research project that will not involve radioactive waste at any time and is in no way a precursor for any radioactive waste disposal in North Dakota."
The "old" nuclear power industry is stalled in the United States. And the industry is likely to stay that way, as long as the price for natural gas — the fuel most electric utilities are using to power their new plants — stays low. But a "new" nuclear power industry is in the making, and North Dakota as well as Minnesota should take note. At the very least, the states' congressional delegations should update federal regs to encourage "new" nuclear research, because this technology could wind up generating lots of America's electric power for a very long time to come.
The next time you find yourself in Washington near the Capitol grounds, take a stroll a few blocks to the north. There -- away from the crowds on the National Mall, away from the heaviest traffic and the busiest office buildings -- you’ll find a tranquil, tree-lined, park-like space.
The University of California-Berkeley, one of the world's most respected public universities, is facing a huge deficit—$150 million, or a full 6 percent of the school's operating budget. So, amid talk of cutting workforce and restructuring programs, UC leaders also planning to use the university's $4 billion endowment. Specifically, they're planning to increase it. Among their other proposals, "officials are looking to boost revenue by building Berkeley's endowment," the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported Wednesday.
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.