This editorial represents the views of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead management and the Editorial Board. Let’s dispense with ridiculous scare claims that mail-in voting is not secure or reliable and poses any risk whatsoever to an accurate count in the November election. That’s especially true in North Dakota and Minnesota. Both states require those who want to vote by mail to submit ballot applications, an important safeguard to ensure that ballots go to actual voters.
This editorial represents the views of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead management and the Editorial Board. FARGO -- This back-to-school season is like no other we’ve ever experienced. Educators face unprecedented challenges in preparing a safe return to school in the midst of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. When the pandemic struck, in March, schools quickly switched to online instruction, a method that has its limitations but was prudent to help contain the highly contagious virus and keep hospitals from being overrun.
North Dakota prides itself on its representative government. It’s often said that North Dakota has more elected officials per capita than any other state. But when important budgetary matters arise in years when the Legislature isn’t in session, all that talk of representative government goes flying out the window. Then the interests of taxpayers are decided by two small groups, the six-member Emergency Commission and the 43-member Budget Section Committee of the Legislature, a sort of mini legislative assembly.
FARGO -- North Dakota’s Democratic “firehouse” nominating caucus in the contested presidential race wasn’t really a caucus. It was more of a primary. Voters simply showed up and cast their ballots, instead of haggling in a cumbersome and tedious caucus. Even so, the voting bogged down as the party’s 14 polling places scattered around the state were clogged by voters eager to vote their preference in a presidential race that has winnowed to a contest between former Vice President Joe Biden, now the clear front runner, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
We know from tragic experience that it’s critical to respond to a school shooting within minutes. Law enforcement officers are trained to intervene as quickly as possible. Lives can be saved or lost within minutes. Ideally, all schools would be staffed with trained and armed school resource officers. But that’s not always possible, especially at schools in remote rural areas, where the sheriff’s office can be 40 minutes or even an hour away. Most mass shootings are spasms of violence that last only a few minutes.
North Dakota was forced to defend itself at great cost against a discrimination lawsuit arguing that corrections services for women inmates were less than those provided for men. It took almost seven years of legal wrangling to get the lawsuit dismissed. Unfortunately, the obvious inequities between services provided for incarcerated men and women remain. It’s unacceptable that men have much greater access than women to medical and rehabilitative services. It’s unacceptable that women in prison have no access to medication-assisted treatment to help them overcome addiction.
Kevin Cramer should follow the advice of wise carpenters, who say you should measure twice and cut once. In the case of a politician, the corollary would be to think twice before opening your mouth. Cramer, as even his supporters will admit, has the unfortunate habit of opening his mouth before giving adequate thought to the impulsive idea he spouts off. But his conservative views are in sync with North Dakota voters, who appreciate his candor, and we support him in his bid to move from the U.S. House to the U.S. Senate.
North Dakota voters face a slate of wrongheaded ballot measures in the Nov. 6 election. Voters should reject measures 1, 2 and 3, but Measure 4 is worthy of support.
Minnesota voters finds themselves in the extraordinary position of selecting two U.S. senators in the Nov. 6 election. We heartily endorse two candidates, one very familiar to Minnesota voters and another who is a fresh face to statewide politics: Amy Klobuchar, the DFL candidate seeking her third term, and Karin Housley, a Republican who is running for the seat formerly held by Sen. Al Franken, who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations. Both candidates will bring unique backgrounds and experiences with them to the U.S. Capitol to ably represent Minnesotans.
Minnesota voters finds themselves in the extraordinary position of selecting two U.S. senators in the Nov. 6 election. We heartily endorse two candidates, one very familiar to Minnesota voters and another who is a fresh face to statewide politics: Amy Klobuchar, the DFL candidate seeking her third term, and Karin Housley, a Republican who is running for the seat formerly held by Sen. Al Franken, who resigned last year amid sexual harassment allegations.