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Many Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have tried to compare their cause with the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. But as the protest has evolved, it's the differences, not the similarities, between the two movements that have become clear. In particular, the pipeline protest lacks: ▇ Villains as nefarious as George Wallace and Bull Connor; and, ▇ A cause as obviously just as fighting Jim Crow.
The good driver is not necessarily the one who responds best in an emergency. The good driver is the one who avoids emergencies—by successfully making the 1,001 judgments any drive requires, including constant course corrections, keeping back from the car in front and carefully monitoring speed. Law enforcement in the Thief River Falls area made their own "course correction" recently. Maybe they were helped by a nudge from the press; maybe not.
There are a few things that can make a solid conservative at least toy with the idea of becoming a liberal. The emergence of a "professor watch list" is one. The new ProfessorWatchlist.org website is meant "to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom," the website reports. Nearly 200 college professors are listed, including Jack Russell Weinstein, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of philosophy at UND.
Energy Transfer Partners has a dispute with the U.S. government. A big dispute. A $3.8 billion dispute, to be exact. And that's a lot of money. If you had a billion dollars, and you spent a thousand dollars a day, do you know how long it would take you to go broke? Two thousand years.
When Donald Trump takes office, he and Congress are likely to keep those aspects of Obamacare that work and revamp those that don't. That's Tim Huckle's message in the Herald's interview today. And we suspect the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is right. But there's a big problem, which few in Congress seem ready to confront. It's sure to throw a monkey wrench into any effort to repeal or reform. And that's the fact that the popular, smooth-running parts of Obamacare depend on the unpopular, creaking parts for survival.
Q. How is Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota doing? Tim Huckle, CEO of BCBS-ND: I want to warn you, we've been told we're becoming a rather boring company. We haven't had a CEO leave, we haven't had a financial crisis, and we aren't taking trips to the Cayman Islands. Most of the conversation we've been having is just an update on where the company's at.
It's best not to know how laws or sausages are made. Or how firings are conducted, as the famous saying should also declare. The recent dismissals of the Alerus Center's top two executives have made this clear. But however unpleasant, the process is important for Grand Forks residents to understand. That's because the center belongs to the city, meaning the residents. So, the former executive director and former assistant director worked for the residents.
What more can North Dakota do? In Bismarck, the governor, lieutenant governor and other authorities surely are asking themselves that question, when they talk about the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here's one answer—and as protesters step up the violence and lawlessness of their actions, it's becoming more urgent by the day: Communication.
History has been kind to President Gerald Ford's pardon of President Richard Nixon, which happened only a month after Nixon resigned from the presidency. That was not true at the time—1974. Nor was it true two years later, when the the pardon played a big role in Ford's losing to Jimmy Carter in 1976. Ford's clemency was a "profoundly unwise, divisive, and unjust act" that shattered the new president's "credibility as a man of judgment, candor, and competence," the New York Times editorialized after the pardon.
Don't feel too bad, supporters of Grand Forks' failed sales-tax proposal. You weren't the only ones who woke up disappointed on Election Day. (And by "you," we mean "we," because the Herald editorial board also supported the tax.) But of course, election losses in America need not be permanent, if advocates take a breath, look at the numbers and figure out what went wrong. And in this case, sifting the rubble seems especially important. That's because it matters for the future of not only Grand Forks' tax revenue but also the public library. Here's our take.