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When it comes to North Dakota's conservation interests, you might not think the VP of human resources for Honda of America Manufacturing has much to say. You should think again, at least if you're Gov.
Soaring It's always tempting to take good news for granted. Consider Friday's story, "Air Force to OK lease for tech park." It's easy to glance at a story like that, think, "Tech park by an Air Force base?
Suppose you own a business in Grand Forks or East Grand Forks. Suppose your health insurer hits your company with a big rate increase, one that prompts you to split the premium hike with your employees. Do you then turn around and give those employees a bigger-than-usual raise? No? Then you, Mr. or Ms.
On key votes, Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., usually throws in with House Speaker John Boehner. That puts him in a camp of about 40 Boehner "loyalists," members whom Boehner counts on for core support. Now, it's crunch time. And if Cramer's record has won for him the speaker's ear, then today might be a day for Cramer to speak up. Here's why. On Tuesday, not long after President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats dismissed Boehner's latest restart-the-government proposals as being too conservative, the House's tea party caucus dismissed them as not conservative enough.
It's the Nixon-in-China syndrome: In politics, people often make the most difference when they act "out of type" -- that is, outside of their own or their party's stereotype. Thus "Nixon in China," the fact that when the time came to visit Communist China, a conservative Republican president had credibility that a liberal Democrat would have lacked. Thus "the GOP turns on Nixon," the fact that when congressional Republicans scolded the president for his behavior during Watergate, the game was up. Thus "the GOP turns on itself," the fact that Democrats now are blaming Republicans for the sh
Last week's good news about the North Dakota Spirit Campaign was very good at UND. But the bad news about freshman enrollment -- well, it may not be very bad just yet. But it has that potential; and if university officials are not doing so already, they should be working overtime at studying the numbers, assessing their implications and figuring out what can be done. The North Dakota Spirit Campaign went a long way toward securing a successful long-term future for UND.
The columns on today's page do a great job of describing the Keystone XL pipeline's effects on North Dakota, the Midwest and the nation. Meanwhile, the outcome in Washington is likely to depend on the pipeline's effects on the world -- in other words, on climate change. That's because in the absence of concerns over climate change, the Keystone XL basically is just another oil pipeline.
Make no mistake, pipelines remain the safest way to transport oil and natural gas. "A review of safety and accident statistics ... clearly shows that, in addition to enjoying a substantial cost advantage, pipelines result in fewer spillage incidents and personal injuries than road and rail," as one recent study notes. But even so, spills are going to happen.
"O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" -- Robert Burns In North Dakota, residents fret over how their state has responded to the oil boom. Has the state government's response been too much, too little or just about right?
"O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!" -- Robert Burns In North Dakota, residents fret over how their state has responded to the Oil Boom. Has the state government's response been too much, too little or just about right?