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So blinding in its primary colors of yellow and blue. So brightly lit. So popular. And so representative of its time. That's the Blockbuster store on South Washington Street in Grand Forks -- now going out of business, but in its heyday one of city's most popular stores. How many families did not spend Friday nights in the 1990s browsing the aisles, then retiring to their living rooms to watch a Disney videocassette or two rented from Blockbuster? Very few, we'd guess. Back then, videocassettes routinely were named the "best value for the dollar" among all consumer products nationwide.
When then-Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., ran for re-election in 2010, he lost. Why? Two key reasons: First, Pomeroy had voted for the Affordable Care Act earlier that year. And second, Pomeroy didn't hold any face-to-face Town Hall meetings during his campaign. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and the man who now holds Pomeroy's old seat, is among those who think Pomeroy's refusal to answer questions from the public face-to-face was decisive. North Dakotans want that chance to talk with their elected officials, Cramer believes.
There are lots of great reasons to join the military. But if, on this Veterans Day, young Americans are considering raising their right hand and taking the oath, they should know one thing above all else: The Armed Forces are neither career fair, college campus nor Scout camp.
Many thanks to Grand Forks City Council members Bret Weber and Terry Bjerke for writing such terrific columns for today's page. In return, here's a tool that both leaders can use to sharpen their thoughts further: It's the idea that a trade-off exists between equality and efficiency. And it's as valuable a notion as economics has to offer. Most efforts to boost equality also erode efficiency by sapping people's incentives and work ethic. But some do it less than others. The G.I. Bill (which Weber mentions) and Social Security do it less than most, because the G.I.
Citizen cabinet ... citizen cabinet ... Citizens jury? Thought the idea sounded familiar. In a recent National Press Club event, former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan and former Delaware Gov. and U.S. Rep. Mike Castle proposed a national Citizen Cabinet -- "a large, standing panel of U.S. citizens, scientifically selected to represent the people," they wrote in a recent column. The members "would be briefed and asked to weigh in on issues facing Congress.
"People can debate how much help the poor should get and whether it's optimal to deliver aid in the form of food stamps," the Washington Post editorialized in June. "But it's beyond debate -- or should be -- that government has a role to play in helping them. By contrast, U.S. farmers are wealthy enough to take care of themselves and have been for many years. "There's no argument -- beyond the spurious specter of food shortages -- for propping them up with taxpayer money. The sooner Congress starts making policy with those truths in mind, the better." But there is an argument.
Tim Pawlenty had presidential ambitions. Chris Christie has presidential ambitions. This morning, Minnesota Republicans could be forgiven for looking at New Jersey and thinking about what might have been. For months, New Jersey Gov. Christie has been a front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. And this morning, his position is more commanding than ever, because Christie amassed something in blue-state New Jersey that Pawlenty never managed in Minnesota. That something is a huge margin -- and not just among Republicans.
America's newest commissioned submarine, the USS Minnesota, will submerge as a matter of routine. But as mentioned in Monday's editorial, the Twin Cities chapter of the Navy League will work to keep awareness of the ship in plain view. That way, USS Minnesota sailors always will know they're remembered by their namesake state, even when the vessel is far from home. Now, here's another place where the issue is sure to surface: the Minnesota Legislature. In a recent column, Rep.
Every Minnesotan and North Dakotan knows about the U.S. Navy. But in the wake of Saturdays' christening of the USS North Dakota and the commissioning in September of the USS Minnesota, there's another ocean-related group that residents should get to know: the Navy League. That's because Minnesota and North Dakota's responsibilities don't end once the senators make their speeches and the submarines enter active service.
There's a new private school in New York City. Boosters say it offers one of the finest K-12 educations in the world. Tuition is $43,000 a year. But as KSL.com in Salt Lake City points out, Avenues: The World School built its curriculum around the Dual Language Immersion program developed by Myriam Met. And it turns out there's another way to get the benefit of Met's work: Live in Utah, where the same Dual Language Immersion program now serves more than 20,000 students in 92 public schools.