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Here's hoping today's columnist Roger Chamberlain reads what today's other columnist, John Johnson, has to say. Because by pointing to North Dakota's anti-bullying law, Johnson may have shown Minnesota's Republicans and Democrats alike the way forward. Chamberlain, a Republican, is assistant minority leader of the Minnesota Senate. As such, he should be especially interested in two of the numbers Johnson cites: 76-18 and 36-10. Those are the margins by which North Dakota's anti-bullying law passed the North Dakota House and Senate, respectively, in 2011.
Few political feuds seem as deep or as intense as the one between Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Minnesota.
Helping local law enforcement is all well and good. But that's not why the United States beefed up the Border Patrol along the Canadian border to 10 times its pre-Sept. 11 size, an expansion documented in a recent Herald story ("Beyond the border," Dec. 1, Page A1).
Something good is happening in Massachusetts' schools. And America's other 49 states should be lining up to learn about it. Herald editorials have made this point before.
The next time Grand Forks officials must decide whether to relax a building code, here's the key question they should ask: What is the level of risk? Risk assessment is part-and-parcel of medicine, engineering, aviation and many other fields.
Editor's note: Due to mistake in the calculation of percentages, the crime-increase numbers cited in the original version of this editorial contained significant math errors. Those numbers have now been corrected. A correction also will be published in Tuesday's Herald. Crime in North Dakota is up, news media in the state have reported for years, and The New York Times confirmed in a Page 1 story Sunday. But the state's population also is up. So, does the increase in population account for the increase in crime? In part. But only in part.
The controversy over the UND's Fighting Sioux nickname in Grand Forks simmered for 30 years, boiled over only when superheated by the NCAA and remains noticeably warm today.
In her op-ed on this page, Minnesota's education commissioner exaggerates a bit when she describes this year's test scores. More about that in a minute. But in general, Brenda Cassellius has reason to be proud of Minnesota students' overall results.
In the world of missiles and bombs, the "nuclear option" is meant to slash the risk of nuclear weapons ever being used. Each side brandishes its nukes, makes clear its willingness to launch them -- and then refrains from doing so, out of the shared belief that both sides lose in the event of a nuclear exchange. That's how the "nuclear option" regarding the U.S. Senate's filibuster rules should have been resolved, too. After all, weakening the filibuster by simple majority vote has been called the "nuclear option" for a reason.
For a reason to give thanks, look no further than the newspaper you're now reading online or holding in your hands. No, not the Herald itself (though employees here are plenty grateful for the newspaper's continuing health).