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Dustin Gawrylow, Mandan, N.D., column: Pension thundercloud looms on N.D.’s horizon

December 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In the past two years, North Dakota’s public pension funds have continued the downward slide that began in 2008. They now represent a $2 billion unfunded liability over the next 30-odd years. Continue Reading

LLOYD OMDAHL: Western N.D. pyramid dominates Homeland Security meeting

November 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“I’m headin’ west to work on the big pyramid they’re building out by Williston,” Garvey answered confidently.
Olga Danske jumped to her feet.
“That’s an evil thing,” she declared, shaking her index finger at Garvey. “It’s the Tower of Babel all over again.” Continue Reading

Hamid Shirvani, chancellor, North Dakota University System, Bismarck, column: ‘Educating for change’ is our universities’ challenge

November 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Simply put, we want to create free minds, not ideological ones. The free mind thrives on the world of experiences with all of its contradictions, ambiguities, ironies and paradoxes. Continue Reading

LLOYD OMDAHL: N.D. is more GOP than ever

November 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The 2012 election highlighted a growing Republicanism while also identifying an east-west partisan divide. Continue Reading

Shelton Gunaratne, Moorhead, column: Tea party routed as U.S. chooses ‘middle path’

November 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Considering the projected demographics of the country, Americans have no alternative but to opt for the Middle Path. The tea party is over. Continue Reading

Jack Shakely, Los Angeles, column: ‘Broken’ GI Bill needs fixing

November 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For-profit universities have every right to sell their educational wares, regardless of their relative merit and expense, in the marketplace. But the unintended consequences of these provisions of the Post-9/11 GI Bill breed academic failure, waste taxpayer dollars and do not accomplish the things our grateful nation intended. Continue Reading

Trudy Rubin, The Philadelphia Inquirer, column: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone

November 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Yes, I know David Petraeus showed bad judgment and may have considered it a matter of honor to step down. But I think his resignation should have been rejected. Can our system really afford to lose him and upend the CIA, yet again, over such a peccadillo? Do we really have such talent to spare? Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: Lone Dem survives 1962’s GOP landslide

November 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“Gov. William Guy ruled in lonely splendor as the only Democratic candidate to survive the Republican onslaught,” the Associated Press reported.
“Guy survived by a narrow margin over Andrews, the GOP candidate.” Continue Reading

LLOYD OMDAHL: 2012 marks new low in campaigning

November 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

According to the Gallup polling organization, a majority of Americans were satisfied with the way the 2012 election campaign was conducted. I didn’t realize so many people were out of the country during the last four months. Continue Reading

Duaine Espegard, Grand Forks, column: To reform higher ed, N.D.’s chancellor needs staff

November 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota is entering a new era, and it’s imperative that we make good decisions about where we invest the proceeds of our prosperity. What better investment than in the education of the generation who will lead our transformation from the state that has been the country’s best-kept secret to the state that quickly is becoming the envy of the world? Continue Reading