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There's little chance that Eliot Glassheim will get anywhere with his criticism of John Hoeven's coyness regarding Donald Trump. Glassheim, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party's candidate for Senate, "has been working hard to hammer Hoeven on Donald Trump, the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee and a man Hoeven has said he'll 'support' but not endorse," the Herald reported Sunday. But Glassheim's political weakness is exactly why Hoeven should take the complaint about Trump to heart. And act on it.
When two sides compromise, neither gets everything it wants. Which is why the U.S. Senate should pass the new bipartisan compromise on labeling food with genetically modified ingredients. The bill requires this labeling—a fact that upsets many scientists and others in the food industry, who say singling out GMO ingredients at all caters to anti-scientific paranoia.
In the mail last week was an edition of the Herald dated July 6, 1909. A reader sent us the relic, and among the front-page stories was one that listed nationwide deaths related to fireworks. The numbers are surprising. Citing statistics from the Chicago Tribune, the Herald that day reported there were at least 19 American deaths directly attributed to fireworks.
UND's new president, Mark Kennedy, brings a background in both business and politics to his new job. But when running a state university in North Dakota, it's not enough to be good at those things. You also must commit to the trait that's found in the place in the state's culture where those two skills intersect: openness. It's a vital commitment to make, surely one of the most important of Kennedy's tenure. To understand why, he should look to other presidents' experience, including that of North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani just down the road.
Dean Bresciani, president of North Dakota State University, has been put on probation by the state higher-ed board, which basically made the renewal of Bresciani's contract contingent on him fulfilling a few conditions. So, what should Bresciani do? Here's our suggestion in one word: Comply. Bresciani should accept the board's conditions with grace and vow to fulfill them. Then he should keep his promise. Problem solved.
Besides its wheat, sunflowers and new bounty of Bakken oil, North Dakota produces something else: notable moderates on the national scene. In the U.S. Senate, both John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp are among the senators most willing to work across the aisle. And this month, a former U.S. senator from North Dakota made the news for his efforts in a centrist cause. Kent Conrad, who served in the Senate from 1987 to 2012, co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings.
Diane Curtiss has a point, in her letter to the editor on this page. And if Grand Forks Public Library officials want to strengthen support for a downtown library, they should address it. The issue that Curtiss raises is one that, we suspect, is in the minds of many skeptics of a downtown location: the prospect of a downtown library becoming a day shelter for homeless and/or mentally ill patrons.
The letters on today's page argue strongly and persuasively for saving Grand Forks' Arbor Park. With that in mind, we make the case ... For developing it. Or at least, for recognizing that at this point, the top priority in downtown Grand Forks should be commerce, not preservation. Including the preservation of a fill-in pocket park.
Q. What's your sense of how Republicans approach the problems of North Dakota? A. I think Republicans think at the ALEC level—the American Legislative Exchange Committee. They're being told. Think of the Stenehjem campaign; they came out and said, "Doug Burgum is anti-coal." Well that's because Doug Burgum, when he worked for Microsoft, actually in a few of his speeches, acknowledged there's global warming.
For North Dakota Democrats., the good news is that Doug Burgum's victory in the Republican primary is a reminder that nothing in politics is written in stone. Times change, conditions alter, circumstances evolve. In North Dakota, the result was the upset of a popular establishment figure; and if Burgum can crack the code, the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party can, too.