Grand Forks Herald
Funny thing about the First Amendment: It's a law. It's a law that the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters depend on, as they exercise their "right to peaceably assemble" and to express themselves, both of which the amendment guarantees. Funny thing about restrictions against trespass, riot and disorderly conduct: They're laws, too. And the protesters depend on these as well. Right now, the police are lined up facing the protesters, especially when the protesters trespass on construction sites.
No, the Dakota Access Pipeline is not going to cross sacred ground, as the presence of an existing pipeline in the previously dug-up corridor proves. Yes, the Standing Rock tribe had lots of chances to influence the pipeline's route during the two-year-long permitting process. No, the pipeline will not unduly threaten the Missouri River, any more than it will the James River, Big Sioux River, Des Moines River and Mississippi River, which it will also cross. As two federal courts have confirmed, pipeline supporters have the better of the original anti-pipeline arguments.
A key word is missing from the ads opposing Measure 4, the proposed increase in North Dakota's tobacco tax. The word is "tobacco." Opponents of the law should recast the ads to include the word. Because as soon as voters spot its absence, they resent the attempt to manipulate them. And then they look skeptically at the rest of the ad, too. After all, if an ad deliberately omits such a vital piece of information, what else is it omitting? The ads we're referring to are the ones that instruct, "Say no to North Dakota's 400 percent tax increase."
As Marsy's Law proponents note, two states—California and Illinois—have added Marsy's Law-like amendments to their constitutions. But the California and Illinois amendments are not the same. In particular, the Illinois amendment lacks a clause that some judges say opens Marsy's Law to constitutional challenge: the clause that gives victims a "right to refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request made by the defendant," as the amendment on North Dakota's Nov. 8 ballot would do.
Lots of claims about Measure 4, the proposed tobacco-tax increase, will be raised between now and November. Here's the conclusion of the fact-checking service PolitiFact about one. Claim: Tobacco taxes "disproportionately burden middle and lower-income consumers," a claim made in response to President Barack Obama's 2013 proposal to raise cigarette taxes. Politifact's verdict: Mostly True.
GRAND FORKS -- UND is investigating a photo posted online with a derogatory racial slur and what appears to be college students. A photo posted to Snapchat, a popular mobile...
Here's an idea drawn from two news stories. News Story 1, published Sunday in the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "In the wake of Saturday's attack at Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, in which nine people were stabbed by a man as he reportedly referred to Allah, members of the Muslim community expressed sorrow and fear of retaliation." News Story 2, published Sunday in the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The front-page story reports on efforts within Minnesota's Somali-American community to "root out homegrown terror from within," as the headline puts it.
There are two parts to what happened on Friday to the Dakota Access Pipeline. And the Obama administration's political decision to block the pipeline was only the second part. The first part was a federal judge's legal ruling in the pipeline's favor. Minutes after this ruling was issued, the administration disrespected and contravened it. Even so, the ruling is worth considering in full. That's because the ruling destroys much of the case that the anti-pipeline activists had been making, and it does so in comprehensive detail.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple made a smart two-part decision last week: First, he called out elements of the North Dakota National Guard. Second and just as important, he did not “send...
CUSTER, S.D. — One person died and another person was injured in a two motorcycle crash Wednesday afternoon in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota Names of the two riders are not being released pending notification of family members. Both motorcycles were traveling southbound together on South Dakota Highway 87. The two motorcycles failed to properly negotiate a left curve in the roadway. Both motorcycles left the roadway and entered the west ditch.