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Last week's good news about the North Dakota Spirit Campaign was very good at UND. But the bad news about freshman enrollment -- well, it may not be very bad just yet. But it has that potential; and if university officials are not doing so already, they should be working overtime at studying the numbers, assessing their implications and figuring out what can be done. The North Dakota Spirit Campaign went a long way toward securing a successful long-term future for UND.
The columns on today's page do a great job of describing the Keystone XL pipeline's effects on North Dakota, the Midwest and the nation. Meanwhile, the outcome in Washington is likely to depend on the pipeline's effects on the world -- in other words, on climate change. That's because in the absence of concerns over climate change, the Keystone XL basically is just another oil pipeline.
Make no mistake, pipelines remain the safest way to transport oil and natural gas. "A review of safety and accident statistics ... clearly shows that, in addition to enjoying a substantial cost advantage, pipelines result in fewer spillage incidents and personal injuries than road and rail," as one recent study notes. But even so, spills are going to happen.
"O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" -- Robert Burns In North Dakota, residents fret over how their state has responded to the Oil Boom. Has the state government's response been too much, too little or just about right?
Maybe it's too late.
Count the Herald's editorial board among the proud supporters of the Grand Forks Public Library. Consider this, then, as friendly advice from interested parties who hope very much to see the library's construction/renovation plan succeed: Putting stock in the findings of unscientific surveys is very often a mistake.
Over the past year, news stories about unmanned aircraft systems have highlighted privacy concerns as often as technological improvements. For example, six states now have laws that force police agencies to get warrants before using drones to gather evidence. The North Dakota Legislature rejected such a law.
As Dexter Perkins notes above, "coal is the No. 1 cause of global warming and associated climate change." But as Jason Bohrer also notes, a crackdown on coal means developing countries "will buy the newest technology elsewhere -- or worse yet, build plants with outdated technology that would hurt the environment." What to do? The answer is obvious: Compromise. Coal-energy emissions and their impact on the environment aren't issues for the month or year. They're issues for the decade and century. So, while there may not be time to waste, there's certainly time to deal.
A development that could have brought lasting disappointment and loss has been averted. And the credit goes to UND and University of Minnesota officials, who agreed to renew the schools' longtime hockey rivalry. Congratulations to the officials, for finding ways to get to "yes"; to the schools, whose players and students will be re-energized by this terrific rivalry; and the Red River Valley, where the UND-Gophers men's hockey game for generations has been a marquee event. "North Dakota and Minnesota have verbally agreed to renew the rivalry series in 2016-17, a source confirmed to the Hera
Somewhere in each book by the late Tom Clancy, one spy honors another by noticing his or her tradecraft. A deft "dead drop," a surveillance operation that seamlessly blends in -- Most people don't see such things. But Clancy's characters do, and they mentally tip their fedoras to each other. Now, generating support for an ice arena isn't quite the same as sneaking a double-agent out the Soviet Union.