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Lots of online comments on Herald stories are rude and crude. Lots of others echo talking points of the left and right. But many comments offer useful insights, so much so that the comments almost always make for fun and interesting reading. Here's an example. Some quick background: "Homes needed in GF, but face roadblocks," the headline over Thursday's story read.
It's not your father's physical education program. At Rogers High School in Rogers, Ark., students can get both a PE credit and a science credit by taking Outdoor Education.
Rick Berg's problem is not his campaign. Rick Berg's problem is the Farm Bill. No, not the Farm Bill specifically, although that's playing a role. It's the Farm Bill as a symbol: a symbol of Republicans in the U.S. House and their refusal to compromise with Democrats, even when obvious bipartisan solutions await. That's what's holding Berg back. That's what's helping Heidi Heitkamp -- Berg's challenger in the race for the U.S. Senate -- win support at a level that's making the race competitive. And that's what Berg must counter if he's to put himself on track for a solid win. "When U.S.
On March 10, 1999, the St. Paul Pioneer Press broke the news of a cheating scandal. "At least 20 men's basketball players at the University of Minnesota had research papers, take-home exams or other course work done for them during a five-year period," the paper reported. On March 11, 1999 -- the very next day -- the Gophers were scheduled to open the NCAA basketball tournament.
One of the insights that comes with age is a sense of humanity's flaws. We are imperfect creatures. Our motivations are complicated and only dimly understood. We sometimes take risks without clear knowledge the odds. And biology makes things worse, especially in the presence of pleasure chemicals such as alcohol and drugs. That's why it's right for society to go after drug dealers with as much or more vigor than it goes after users.
The bad news first: When it comes saving the Badlands, North Dakota's signature landscape, only Theodore Roosevelt National Park and a handful of wildlife refuges currently enjoy permanent federal protection. Almost everything else -- including most of the Little Missouri National Grassland -- is leased or will be leased, and will be dotted with oil wells and crisscrossed with access roads within a few years. Now, the good news: The good news is in the word, "almost." For within the national grassland, there are five modestly-sized but spectacularly beautiful areas that enjoy a kind of i
Medicaid sets up a "moral hazard" by discouraging people from saving for their own nur sing home care, the Herald's Aug. 26 editorial noted. True, wrote Rob Port at sayanythingblog.com, his popular political blog. But don't all entitlements do the same? "The reason so few save adequately for college is because they expect to get government-subsidized, low-interest student loans," Port wrote. "The reason so many Americans live such irresponsible lives, living paycheck to paycheck among other risky behaviors, is that they expect the government's safety net to catch them if they fall.
At times in American history, political conventions can be inspiring. Not this time. As the Republican convention gets under way and the Democratic convention prepares to follow, the parties seem bitter, not excited; angry, not upbeat. Like warring spouses, the parties spend their time bad-mouthing each other, seldom or never acknowledging their own faults. The combative strategy might fire up each party's base. But it does nothing to attract independents, who scorn these quarrels and yearn for visions embracing the country as a whole.
Paul Ryan makes campaigning look easy. He's quick on his feet as well as relaxed and genial, a terrific combination in politics. That's already showing results: Mitt Romney's campaign enjoyed some of its biggest- and best-ever crowds over the weekend, as voters by thousands turned out to see the new tag team of Romney and Ryan in action. But ... On balance, GOP presidential candidate Romney's choice of Ryan for the vice president slot still looks like a net minus. Monday told the tale: In Iowa, both Ryan and President Barack Obama made appearances; but the day belonged to the president.
"Long road ahead," read the headline on the story in the July 10 Herald. "Green lights for interchanges, bridge plans a long way off." Well ... Maybe not. If it's at all possible for Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and other officials to agree on a south-end interchange and Red River bridge project, then now probably is the time to try. That's because the odds of the project getting enough money to be completed have suddenly gone up. North Dakota Gov.