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So, here's how Grand Forks and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation fared in the lineup of people who've been invited to join the UND presidential search committee, Mike Jacobs writes in his column on today's page: They got "skunked." That's a little strong; there are, of course, several Grand Forks residents who'll be on the committee, assuming the people who've been invited to join accept the invitations.
With its 25,000 job openings, should North Dakota give tuition breaks to out-of-state students to encourage them to study and work here? The answer is yes — if the proposals are targeted, fully evaluated and shown to be likely to succeed. Lawmakers shouldn't say yes to just any old idea that gets tossed around in Bismarck. But they also shouldn't reject ideas just because those ideas might involve creating or expanding a government program. For in fact, lots of government programs work.
Coal's prospects are affected by government penalties and subsidies, as documented by the columns on this page. These factors will hinder or speed up the industry's development, as time and politics change. And they also can have a big effect on the rates consumers pay for energy. Especially in North Dakota, as future columns and editorials will note. But make no mistake, the biggest driver of the coal industry's fate remains the same as it has always been: the market.
Good news: North Dakota lawmakers take the word "Legacy" in the state's Legacy Fund seriously. At a forum in Bismarck this week, legislative leaders agreed that the fund should be allowed to keep growing, thus letting North Dakotans pass it down as a very real legacy to residents in 2040 and beyond. But that's just the principal of the fund, into which oil-tax revenue now is flowing at a rate of $44 million a month.
Medical doctors aren't immune. In recent years, optometrists, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurse practitioners and others have gained high-level health care privileges, often over the physicians' objections. Dentists aren't immune. Minnesota, Maine and Alaska already let dental therapists fill cavities and pull teeth. Other states likely will follow. Military officers aren't immune. Years ago, only West Pointers and Naval Academy graduates could hope to reach the highest levels of their services.
Sure, Grand Forks is a hockey town. And it's got the indoor and outdoor hockey rinks to prove it. But Grand Forks now is big enough to support other sports in that way, too. High school teams in several sports compete and win at the state level. Youth-baseball teams have won not just state but Midwestern regional contests and played in the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken World Series.
Questions remain about how best to spend the money. Should the tax dollars go to school districts, or should each parent get a check? And is the unionization of teachers a good thing? Nevertheless, the basic debate on whether governments should support K-12 schools at all is settled.
Poor Alexander Hamilton. The founder of America's financial system, Hamilton died in 1804 never knowing that his image would grace our $10 bill for nearly a century, starting in 1929...
As captain of the USS Kauffman, a guided missile frigate, then-Cdr. Mark Hagerott would have been familiar with President Harry Truman's famous slogan: "The buck stops here." For as every Navy commanding officer knows, there are few harder walls for the buck to slap into than the one surrounding a warship captain at sea. Ship captains are inescapably responsible for everything that happens on board—period, end of sentence.
Nickname? No nickname? What's best for UND? Those thoughts have been swirling in UND President Robert Kelley's head, as they have in the heads of UND supporters around the country. And of course, that's because there are no guarantees.