The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead Editorial Board
The Women’s March has done a remarkable job of
By now many North Dakotans are familiar with at least the outlines of the impressive life of Herman Stern. Stern immigrated to the state at the age of 16 from Germany. He became successful in the men’s clothing business, ultimately owning a chain of Strauss Men’s Clothing stores from his base in Valley City. He helped found what has become the Greater North Dakota Chamber as well as the United Way and Boy Scouts in North Dakota, and started the Valley City Winter Show, an agricultural expo.
James and Tahnee Young sound like a couple who someday will make fine adoptive parents. It's commendable that they want to adopt a teenager who has been "overlooked by the system." But the Fargo couple is way off base in filing a lawsuit against Catholic Charities of North Dakota—seeking damages of $6.5 million, no less—because the agency refused to consider them for adoption because they weren't married at the time they submitted their application. The Roman Catholic Church's stance on marriage is longstanding and well known.
The Moorhead Human Rights Commission sputtered and ground to a quiet halt two years ago. Several problems contributed to the unfortunate decline. It became very difficult to recruit volunteers to serve on the commission, especially given a requirement to meet quotas for members representing protected classes. At the end, the commission was unable to achieve a quorum, and it skidded to an embarrassing hiatus.
The extremes of angst and anger among Americans are reflections of a partisan/social/economic divide that expressed itself in the 2016 presidential election, and could deepen in 2017. Angst and anger either drove Americans to the polls in November or kept them away.
Weather folklore includes the wildly unscientific notion that fog will be followed in about 90 days by storms. By that reckoning, fog in early April means nasty thunderstorms in late June or early July; and fog in early October is a warning to prepare for a blizzard in late December. And what’s the deal if a fog slides off the Red River in eastern Cass County, but no fog occurs in western Cass? Will that storm 90 days hence affect only that part of the county that was fogbound?
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is still serious about refusing his $132,964 salary, and getting the money back into state coffers. While the idea is more symbolism than substance, the symbolism is important to the new governor. He said last week there are legal hurdles to giving his paycheck back to taxpayers; he has his legal team looking into it. There’s has to be a way.
When North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ends his tenure this week, he will leave the Capitol with the satisfaction that the state is in better condition to weather a fickle economy than it was when he took office six years ago. Dalrymple's steady hand and unflappable public demeanor have been perfect leadership strengths to guide the state through unprecedented prosperity and a subsequent economic downturn and revenue shortfall no one saw coming. Governor-elect Doug Burgum inherits a solid foundation on which to build his visionary governance structures.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's executive budget for 2017-19 is certain to be tweaked, criticized, ignored, praised and cut up by lawmakers when they assemble in Bismarck next month. That's the process: The governor proposes, the Legislature disposes. If recent history is any guide, however, much of what the outgoing governor has proposed will be on the books when the Legislature adjourns next spring.
Like a holiday choir hitting a flat note, the response from North Dakota politicians to the federal decision to withhold a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline did little to...