Herald editorial board
A report published this week on the website Big Think highlights the growing problem of school lunch debt, a subject that is proving socially awkward and difficult to fix. According to the report – which relies upon data from the School Nutrition Association – 76 percent of school districts in the nation have lunch debt. Some districts in the nation have multi-million-dollar debts that continue to pile up as many families are unable to – or just don’t – pay.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has been told she’s no longer welcome at one of her state’s American Indian reservations after she approved legislation to restrict violent and costly protests related to infrastructure projects.
A member of the Grand Forks City Council hopes to encourage the city to support more alcohol-free events. Katie Dacthler says it’s not about laws or ordinances, but about making Grand Forks a welcoming community for everyone while dissuading alcohol use. Public Health Director Debbie Swanson agrees. In a story published in the Herald over the weekend, Dachtler and Swanson said it’s difficult to think of many alcohol-free events that are held in the city.
How will the next full-time president at UND be accepted by the community? No doubt, all of the candidates will be professionally scrutinized. But the work that goes into the process early on will be essential in how well the successful candidate assimilates into the role and how quickly the future president is able to lead, both strategically and socially.
Herald editorial board Situated on the U.S.-Canada border, the International Peace Garden opened in 1932. Throughout its history, it has served a specific purpose — to signify and strengthen the bond between two nations with a long border and so much in common. Prominent at the 2,400-acre International Peace Garden is an 18-foot clock, comprised of 2,500 flowers, a cactus conservatory and a visitor center. A bell at the Peace Chapel chimes every 15 minutes.
The contracts of former UND basketball coaches Mark Pryor and Brian Jones, who both recently resigned, were 10 pages long. Two pages were dedicated to contract termination. At South Dakota State University, President Barry Dunn has a six-page contract, including five paragraphs related to contract termination. At Minnesota State University-Mankato, President Richard Davenport has a five-page contract, including segments on contract termination and severance payments.
Herald editorial board Ask Sen. Ray Holmberg to name Grand Forks' biggest win in the recent session of the state Legislature, and he doesn't hesitate. "I would say surprising folks by practically fully funding the request on (unmanned aerial systems)," said Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "I think that was huge for Grand Forks because the center of the industry is in Grand Forks."
Herald editorial board According to the latest American Society of Civil Engineers report card, North Dakota's infrastructure grade is a "C." Sure, it's a passing grade but it's nothing to cheer about, since without effort — in this case, a great influx of dollars dedicated to making massive renovations and upgrades — that grade only will slide downward.
Herald editorial board At a daylong summit sponsored last week by United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area, attendees heard all sorts of data about poverty in the community. For instance, 42 percent of single mothers here live in poverty — slightly higher than the national average of 39 percent. Also, 20 percent of everyone in the community qualifies as impoverished, according to data presented at the summit. That's higher than the rate in Fargo (13.9 percent), Bismarck (9.5 percent) and in the nation (14.6 percent).
Herald editorial board Should State Board of Education members be able to speak on their own about the happenings in higher education? Yes, and efforts by a board member could bring a needed change to the process. During a Thursday SBHE meeting, Dan Traynor suggested a policy in place since 2013 is counterproductive to discussions about public business. The policy states that only the board chairman or the chancellor should speak as the "spokesperson of and represent the SBHE."