Herald editorial board
North Dakota has infrastructure needs, and a proposal with potentially great impact—both positive and negative—may be a method to help. The idea is to use dollars from the North Dakota Legacy Fund to create a loan fund to pay for public works projects for taxing entities at the state, county and city level. The plan would take up to 15 percent of the fund's principal balance and use it for the loans with an interest rate of 1.56 percent. So far, it's just a proposal and will need to be decided by the Legislature in 2019.
In early May, the major-party candidates for North Dakota's seat in the U.S. House were asked this question during a debate sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association: "Do you support the 2018 Postal Service Reform Act?" Neither Democrat Mac Schneider nor Republican Kelly Armstrong had yet read the act. A few weeks later, a Herald editorial gently chastised both, saying the candidates should have better researched their audience since a statewide newspaper association naturally would have concerns about the decay of postal service.
Herald Editorial Board Of all the elections on the ballot Tuesday, the results of a usually innocuous race may best show evidence of voter dissatisfaction.
Minnesota has good news to report about a decrease in highway fatalities, but for the sake of the next person to die on a Minnesota road, we wish it was even better. Last week, the Star Tribune reported on the success of the state's "Toward Zero Deaths" initiative, designed to decrease highway deaths. The newspaper reported that since the departments of Transportation, Public Safety and Health launched the initiative in 2003, Minnesota's traffic deaths have decreased by 45 percent.
Herald editorial board In 2017, an election to determine the future of a downtown Grand Forks park was decided by 182 votes. In that election, 2,451 people voted to raze Arbor Park to make room for a development project; 2,269 voted against it. If 92 people had changed their minds, it would have changed the outcome, and Arbor Park would be standing today. It would have altered the course of downtown development, possibly for generations.
It's been three weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibits betting in states that didn't already have it established in law. That means going forward, states will be able to decide for themselves whether gambling will be permitted on sports events. Already, Delaware has jumped into the game, legalizing betting in hopes of earning revenue from an industry that has been operating underground for years. West Virginia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania already are headed in the same direction.
Herald editorial board Mac Schneider calls himself a "North Dakota independent" and says his record in the state Legislature and his temperament prove it. Schneider, the Democratic candidate for North Dakota's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, visited for an hour last week with the Herald's editorial board. The board noted that it asked his opponent, Kelly Armstrong, if Armstrong is a "Trump Republican." Armstrong responded affirmatively. The Herald subsequently asked Schneider: "What are you?"
It's time for an update on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
When considering whether North Dakota should adopt a three-class system for its high school basketball and volleyball tournaments, focus on a quote by Mike McCall, athletic director at Wahpeton (N.D.) High School. "The bigger schools are getting bigger, the smaller schools are getting smaller and there are schools left out in the middle," he said.
Herald editorial board Three recent police videos provide three case studies of how police body cameras add clarity and truth to the stories of those involved.