Grand Forks Herald
It isn’t the position. It’s the timing — and the president’s response. That’s our takeaway from the fracas over the replacement of a retiring event coordinator in University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy’s office.
Donald Trump doesn't have the slightest interest in farm policy. But it's farm policy that offers the clearest guide to Trump's presidency. Why? Two reasons: First, because farm policy elevates jobs and subordinates prices, in direct violation of free-market principles. And second, because farm policy works. On balance, it has shielded American farmers from many of the ravages of international competition, even — to some extent — at American consumers' expense.
The knotted impasse over the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines was primed for a Trumpian sword. But the immigration and refugee situation was not, as events have made clear since President Donald Trump temporarily blocked the entry of all refugees. The president should understand the difference. And the lesson is important enough that those North Dakota and Minnesota members of Congress who have the president's ear, should instruct him.
Should North Dakota be able to keep confidential all applications for stategovernment jobs, some applications or only one class of application - namely, those from aspiring chancellors and college presidents?
It’s a rather depressing time for business in North Dakota. The oil, agriculture and Canadian tourism industries all tanked at once. Now, consider a governmentmandated plan to add 27 percent labor costs to small businesses throughout the state. That’s essentially what would happen if a plan to raise minimum wage is passed by the North Dakota Legislature.
We’re not sure what President Barack Obama’s legacy will be. But we are sure about what it should be: Presidents should not pass major, once-in-a-generation legislation without bipartisan support. When Massachusetts voters elected Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Obama faced a choice. A few weeks earlier, Senate Democrats had passed their version of Obamacare. They’d taken advantage of their 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority to pass the massive bill on a party-line vote.
To North Dakota lawmakers: Are you interested in helping President-elect Trump fulfill his promise to make America great again? And are you interested in making North Dakota a national leader in that effort? Then take up the cause that's sure not only to be smart policy, but also to put North Dakota in a flattering national spotlight: voter ID. No, not that voter ID, the one that has prompted judges to intervene from coast to coast, including in North Dakota. This voter ID: Bipartisan voter ID. Is such a thing even possible?
Wednesday was North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's last full day in office. Thursday, Doug Burgum started his term in Bismarck as Dalrymple's successor. And for North Dakotans, that transition is both exhilarating and unsettling. Because while Burgum has a terrific reputation as a business leader, he's an unknown quantity in a public-service leadership role. Dalrymple, in contrast, has been neither exhilarating nor unsettling. And we mean that as high praise. Because what Jack Dalrymple is, is steadying.
When Donald Trump takes office, he and Congress are likely to keep those aspects of Obamacare that work and revamp those that don't. That's Tim Huckle's message in the Herald's interview today. And we suspect the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is right. But there's a big problem, which few in Congress seem ready to confront. It's sure to throw a monkey wrench into any effort to repeal or reform. And that's the fact that the popular, smooth-running parts of Obamacare depend on the unpopular, creaking parts for survival.
It's best not to know how laws or sausages are made. Or how firings are conducted, as the famous saying should also declare. The recent dismissals of the Alerus Center's top two executives have made this clear. But however unpleasant, the process is important for Grand Forks residents to understand. That's because the center belongs to the city, meaning the residents. So, the former executive director and former assistant director worked for the residents.