January 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
Operations were suspended Friday at a North Dakota State University forensic DNA lab due to a loss of federal funding. Continue Reading
Tags: DNA, Education, Higher Education, NDSU, north dakota state, Politics 15 Comments »
well, here’s a chance for senator hoeven and representative berg to show what they are made of!
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Not sure why you put the blame on Hoeven and Berg when according to the article the funding was in a budget bill that wasn’t passed last year. Why is that? Why didn’t Conrad, Dorgan, and Pomeroy exert some of that so called seniority we kept hearing about to get the budget passed or to keep the funding intact. Drop your partisian rants and put the blame where the blame lies and that is with Team ND.
And if this lab is so important why then did the Fargo police use the Target lab to process their evidence in the Nakvinda trial?? Maybe this is just a waste of taxpayer dollars.
And if you are concerned about the deficit, closures like this are inetivable and needed. 2 full time and 3 part-time people and funding of around $2 million, seems like a waste of money to me!!
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If that lab could not make it on it’s own with out pork from the tax payers, then it wasn’t a very good lab to start with.
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liberty-i did not ‘put the blame’ on hoeven and berg. i simply say that it will be a chance to see if they can prove everything they promised. don c- as to the lab not making it on its (not it’s) own, it is/was a pretty new venture. also, it is state of the art in nature, and will get ‘business’ from more than north dakota. too hard to grasp? one might consider that it is good for the state of north dakota to have ventures like this be developed.
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Now if I want to start a lab does that mean I don’t need to use my own money? I think I will just go get a big government grant/hand out and if I fail to make a profit just ask for more tax dollars, then when the Pork/well runs dry I won’t be out any of MY MONEY. Looks pretty easy to grasp.
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“It was internationally accredited and had special capabilities, particularly with cold case files”, Boudjouk said. And it still could not stand on its own with out government support/ tax dollars.
Liberty said “And if you are concerned about the deficit, closures like this are inevitable and needed. 2 full time and 3 part-time people and funding of around $2 million, seems like a waste of money to me”!!
I agree, and it would have been an even bigger waste of tax payer money to continue supporting something that could not support it’s self.
also- liberty, in case you haven’t noticed, dorgan and pomeroy are NOT representing the state of north dakota any longer.
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I haven’t forgotten that but your post is purely partisian which is what I allued to – as you expect Hoeven and Berg to prove everything they promised but nowhere do you post that you had the same expectations of Dorgan, Conrad, and Pomeroy. I expect your post is about what we can expect from partisians like yourself in the future.
Why didn’t you include Conrad in your rant? He is still supposed to be representing ND and is he living up to what he has promised us?? No because he lied in 1992 when he said he would resign if the budget wasn’t balanced and didn’t – so where is your outrage over him not delivering on what he promised? No matter how you spin it we can see through your partisian view of this and every issue.
And if you want to get on representation, well Hoeven and Berg weren’t our representatives last year when the funding for this didn’t pass because Congress for the first time in its history failed to pass a budget and if that budget would have passed this place wouldn’t have had to shut down but partisians like to take pot shots at other rather than look at everything objectively.
No when the funding failed Dorgan and Pomeroy were representing us – where is your outrage for their failure????
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Liberty, please stop partisanly arguing about partisan arguments.
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Thank you to the voters for getting that done
This isn’t the only thing that needs to be shut down on NDSU! Higher Edu needs to be restructured for the betterment of society and students.
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i will be surprised if hoeven and berg come anywhere close to doing what they promised during the campaign. berg has already made a name for himself on the health insurance issue. i hardly think that my post was ‘purely partisan’ as i simply made a statement. as to being partisan, do you EVER read anything you post? scott hennen your advisor? anyway, the neo-cons bad mouthed dorgan and conrad, and pomeroy without any sense or mercy. conrad has announced that he will not run again. that will be the last third of the major loss to the state of north dakota. hoeven will have an opportunity to work with the other side of the aisle, and he has shown that he can do that while governor. berg, however, is a different story, and i look for him to fall into the ranks with the g.o.p. side, and continue opposing anything proposed by the democratic side. as to conrad, the campaign for his senate seat will be vicious and malicious per the tea-party principles and tactics. it won’t be fun to see. as to hansen’s post-i haven’t a clue as to what he would ‘shut down’ on ndsu. personally, i think the lab affected is something people ought to work to continue.
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What part of the Lab is a money pit is it that you don’t understand? As for the 3 lock step liberal/ democrats I wish I could have got some of the money they received Tax free under the table. the special interest groups like to do business that way. Conman, Dorgman and lord Plumroy were smart and did not get caught with their stash of cash in an office freezer Ha Ha Ha.
So in the NDSU magazine it said the following. and take note of the last sentence, Stand on it’s own after 3 years. This lab appears to have come to life and was operated with government grants/tax money/pork call it what you like it is still other peoples money.
“But the heart of the facility is the ability to analyze DNA for identification purposes in criminal and civil court cases. Henry and Wahl came to NDSU in July 2006 – both leaving jobs with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department – to build a state-of-the-art lab using a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice. It often takes three to five years to create an operational forensic lab. Henry and Wahl built theirs in two.”
“With active support from Dorgan and NDSU administration, they landed the $3.5 million start-up grant. After three years the facility would need to support itself through casework, consulting revenue and new grants”.
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