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Count the Herald's editorial board among the proud supporters of the Grand Forks Public Library. Consider this, then, as friendly advice from interested parties who hope very much to see the library's construction/renovation plan succeed: Putting stock in the findings of unscientific surveys is very often a mistake.
Over the past year, news stories about unmanned aircraft systems have highlighted privacy concerns as often as technological improvements. For example, six states now have laws that force police agencies to get warrants before using drones to gather evidence. The North Dakota Legislature rejected such a law.
As Dexter Perkins notes above, "coal is the No. 1 cause of global warming and associated climate change." But as Jason Bohrer also notes, a crackdown on coal means developing countries "will buy the newest technology elsewhere -- or worse yet, build plants with outdated technology that would hurt the environment." What to do? The answer is obvious: Compromise. Coal-energy emissions and their impact on the environment aren't issues for the month or year. They're issues for the decade and century. So, while there may not be time to waste, there's certainly time to deal.
A development that could have brought lasting disappointment and loss has been averted. And the credit goes to UND and University of Minnesota officials, who agreed to renew the schools' longtime hockey rivalry. Congratulations to the officials, for finding ways to get to "yes"; to the schools, whose players and students will be re-energized by this terrific rivalry; and the Red River Valley, where the UND-Gophers men's hockey game for generations has been a marquee event. "North Dakota and Minnesota have verbally agreed to renew the rivalry series in 2016-17, a source confirmed to the Hera
Somewhere in each book by the late Tom Clancy, one spy honors another by noticing his or her tradecraft. A deft "dead drop," a surveillance operation that seamlessly blends in -- Most people don't see such things. But Clancy's characters do, and they mentally tip their fedoras to each other. Now, generating support for an ice arena isn't quite the same as sneaking a double-agent out the Soviet Union.
On Tuesday, a Grand Forks Herald editorial suggested that Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen's focus should be less on students than on the state ("Not the students, but the state," Page A6 in The Dickinson Press). Also on Monday, news from the West Coast suggests that the regents of the University of California are thinking along the same lines. The University of California is a university system with 10 campuses, the most famous being UC Berkeley.
On Monday, a Herald editorial suggested that Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen's focus should be less on students than on the state ("Not the students, but the state," Page A4). Also on Monday, news from the West Coast suggests that the regents of the University of California are thinking along the same lines. The University of California is a university system with 10 campuses, the most famous being UC Berkeley.
As U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer mulls how to respond to the government shutdown and debt-ceiling crises, he should remember something: He's not like other Republicans in the House. Other Republicans in the House -- a great many of them, anyway, especially the most conservative members -- represent gerrymandered, heavily conservative districts. And in most of those cases, the members share a common re-election fear, which is being challenged in a Republican primary from the right. But that's not Cramer's situation. Cramer, R-N.D., represents an entire state -- North Dakota.
In his recent presentation to the Board of Higher Education, Larry Skogen said that as interim chancellor, he'd put the emphasis on students. "So often, we sometimes lose track of the fact that we have the students and we are doing this for the students," Skogen told the board. "They are the most important stakeholder, and we have to keep that in focus." Now, Skogen has won the job he was applying for.