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OUR OPINION: Pawlenty’s commission could help Dayton

January 15, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

If Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL’s legislative leaders want to burnish their bipartisan bona-fides, here’s how they could do it: Dust off the findings of the 21st Century Tax Reform Commission. Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s 21st Century Tax Reform Commission, that is. Continue Reading

Colleges routinely own or lease aircraft

January 14, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

Should the aircraft be used as economically as possible? Absolutely. Should North Dakota agencies share their aircraft to bring the cost-per-flight-hour down? Without a doubt. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Check United’s GFK service

January 10, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

For residents of the Grand Forks, of course, the key to United’s continuing to operate out of GFK is the phrase, “Use it or lose it.” Every day brings news of airlines starting or stopping service at airports around the country. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: UND must reaffirm free speech, other rights

January 5, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

The university should be embarrassed by its ‘Speech Code of the Month.’ Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Farm Bill may be Cramer’s first test

January 3, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

If a new Farm Bill passes out of the House Agriculture Committee in the next few months, Freshman U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer should make it his mission to ensure that the bill reaches the House floor for a vote. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’

December 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

True, it’s anybody’s guess where politics and the economy are headed. But there are other measures against which the prospects for 2013 look more upbeat. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Let Massachusetts be model for N.D. school reforms

December 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Bay State dominates national assessments of student performance. N.D. should set its eyes on that goal. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Rebuild America’s mental-health system

December 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Close to 100,000 public schools dot the American landscape. And on the question of how much it would cost to staff each one with an armed guard, estimates range from $3 billion to $10 billion a year. But would this be the best way to spend that sum? No because schools already are extremely safe. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Make sure teachers’ grades matter

December 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Congratulations to the Grand Forks School District for setting up a stronger evaluation system for teachers. Now, the challenge for the district will be to make sure the evaluations count. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Make sure teachers’ grades matter

December 26, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Congratulations to the Grand Forks School District for setting up a stronger evaluation system for teachers. Now, the challenge for the district will be to make sure the evaluations count. Continue Reading