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We've heard the arguments about the proposal to license dental therapists as mid-level practitioners in North Dakota. Now, let's hear the evidence: ▇ "Though nearly two dozen studies from industrialized countries address this subject (of dental therapists' technical competence), this article systematically reviews all 23 of them. "Of these reports, all but two conclude that dental therapists perform at an acceptable level. "Every study that directly compared the work of dental therapists with that of dentists found that they performed at least as well. ...
Should North Dakota be able to keep confidential all applications for state-government jobs, some applications or only one class of application—namely, those from aspiring chancellors and college presidents? A Senate bill answers yes to the first part of that question, while a House bill affirms the second. But to date, there's no bill that offers the third possibility—that of allowing only applications for the state university system's various CEO positions to be kept confidential.
"What's needed," a Herald editorial asked back in 2015, "to energize the fan base and correspondingly spark ticket sales when UND takes the field in coming seasons? "Good question, but really it's a simple formula and one we feel coach Bubba Schweigert already understands. "A) Win. "B) Win with players who hail from North Dakota and places near here."
Presidents tend use their first week in office to act fast on their biggest issues—really, the issues that helped get them elected. And given that tendency, then the Obama administration's choosing to block both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines might just rank among the biggest political blunders of all time. Because the twin decisions almost certainly helped lose the election for Obama's chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, and win it for Donald Trump.
When protesters block traffic, they're treating motorists with contempt. "Sure, you have your interests, but ours our more important. And now we're going to make you sacrifice for our cause," the protesters effectively announce when they occupy a highway. Arrogance is almost never a good way to win friends and influence people, so it's no wonder that this tactic angers drivers. It's also no wonder that the issue has sparked legislative responses.
We're not sure what President Barack Obama's legacy will be. But we are sure about what it should be: Presidents should not pass major, once-in-a-generation legislation without bipartisan support. When Massachusetts voters elected Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Obama faced a choice. A few weeks earlier, Senate Democrats had passed their version of Obamacare. They'd taken advantage of their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority to pass the massive bill on a party-line vote.
Does "Make America Great Again" mean bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, which for decades required broadcasters to present both sides of hot issues? North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer says no. But his actions speak louder than his words, because Cramer's using his position in Congress to scold broadcast networks for their alleged bias and to pressure them into reporting in a more balanced way.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown seeks consensus. That's an endearing trait, and Grand Forks voters have welcomed it. In 2016, they re-elected Brown to his fifth term. But it's a new year, and we hope the mayor resolves to shape consensus in 2017—that is, to take a more assertive role. He has earned it. Brown has built up a tremendous amount of goodwill over the years. He's liked by everyone, and he's trusted as well.
Editor's note: Safer Tomorrows is a collaboration of 40 agencies in Grand Forks County to address children's exposure to all forms of violence. Starting in 2011, the effort was awarded more than $3 million in grants, the bulk of that from a competitive U.S. Department of Justice grant program.
Lloyd Omdahl's column on this page doesn't mention Fargo. But Grand Forks readers ought to see that word when they read between the lines. Omdahl's column is a terrific complement to Herald staff writer Sam Easter's story from last week, "Great debates: Grand Forks history shows division over big projects" (Page A1, Dec. 29).