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Health care reform is an issue. The Environmental Protection Agency is an issue. The federal deficit is an issue. But when it comes to North Dakota's campaigns for the U.S. Senate and House, one more big topic should be added to that list: The thickening of the Canadian border should be an issue, too. Candidates should be asked what they think about the current policies and what, if anything, they'd do to change them. Macleans magazine, a Canadian newsweekly, summed up the situation a few months ago.
Within 30 days of proposing to make Americans wait longer for less mail service, the Postal Service got thousands of comments. The vast majority of people didn't like the idea. So, how has the Postal Service responded? By moving forward with the plan anyway. "Facing bankruptcy, the U.S.
When President Barack Obama delayed his decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, his administration cited concerns about a single state: Nebraska. The State Department advised extending its pipeline review "to address Nebraskans' objections to building across the state's sensitive Sand Hills region," the Washington Post reported. Was Obama telling the truth? Or was the delay instead an attempt to put off a politically difficult decision until after next year's election? We're about to find out. Because Senate Republicans -- including Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
Seven hundred children injured a day. More than 250,000 children injured a year. And 2,000 children killed a year. That's the toll car accidents take on America's youth. And yet, we accept it. Why? Because the benefits outweigh the costs. Cars mean so much and are so vital to modern life that we accept the risks. Farm families should be allowed to do the same. Of course, the issue on farms is not driving.
Nothing wrong with a good franking scandal -- that is, a scandal about high officials abusing their free mailing or "franking" privilege. After all, there have been plenty of those scandals throughout American history. But there's one clear requirement for a good franking scandal, and that is an actual scandal at the heart of it. And U.S. Rep.
It's not much of a snowball at this point: bigger than a softball, but not as big as a basketball, maybe. Big enough to be noticed, in other words. But that's about it. Except ... Except that it's poised at the top of a snow-covered slope. And if it's given the right push, the revival of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction proposals could roll, picking up both momentum and size as it tumbles downhill. The Simpson-Bowles committee -- which counted Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., as a member, and which Conrad helped create -- announced its deficit reduction proposals late last year.
Watch Rhode Island, a Herald editorial suggested last month ("Learn from Little Rhody's big mistakes," Page A4, Oct. 3). If you're interested in public-sector pensions -- and these days, every taxpayer should be -- then Rhode Island deserves your attention. That's because, as the Chicago Tribune put it, "the nation's smallest state may have the largest problem in the land." Time for an update: The Herald editorial called attention to the Rhode Island Legislature's special session on pension reform, which was about to begin.
Some states don't have an income tax. Some states don't have a sales tax. But all 50 states have property taxes. So, any speculation about what would happen if North Dakota passes Measure 2 in June and becomes the first state to eliminate property taxes is just that: speculation. The bottom line on the initiated measure is deep uncertainty about what would happen after "Yes." And a new analysis by the North Dakota Legislative Council is not reassuring in that regard. The council staff analyzed issues raised by the Legislature's Property Tax Measure Review Committee.
Earthquakes are an uncommon problem throughout much of the U.S. And maybe that's why the Army Corps of Engineers had a tough time being flexible once the political ground shifted beneath its feet. But the Corps at last is starting to adapt. That's good news for North Dakota because while "political ground" is a metaphor, the Corps' actions should lower Bismarck's real-life flood risk. The Corps announced last week that it would be more flexible in 2012 about managing the Missouri River to prevent floods.
California has a constitutional requirement to balance its budget. California faces an unfunded pension liability of something north of $100 billion. California's ongoing budget problems have consumed Gov. Jerry Brown's term, just as they terminated former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity.