Letter: Ashamed of council’s vote

Emma is an “organizer/agitator” and a member of the DFL. Roll Eyes

Letter: Ashamed of council’s vote
By Emma Connell from Moorhead on Jul 18, 2014 at 11:30 p.m.
I was incredibly disappointed to see the Moorhead City Council’s decision to oppose Churches United’s proposed apartment complex for the homeless. This decision was one made by convenience rather than the decision to use the authority of the council to make the community a better place. When our local politicians do what is politically comfortable rather than what is right, they turn their backs on the community.

Moorhead is not just comprised of middle-class families in comfortable housing. We have a very real need for assistance housing, as our homeless population has only increased in recent years. According to the Wilder Report on Fargo-Moorhead homelessness, almost 900 members of our community were homeless in 2012, of which 17 percent were children.

By choosing to oppose this housing initiative, our city council has determined that the comfort of the voting middle class is far more important than providing basic amenities for our most underrepresented population. Our community should be one of compassion and concern, not one in which we turn our backs on our fellow citizens.

Unfortunately, this most recent vote is a step backward for our community, and I am ashamed of it.

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Letter: Hold oil industry, government accountable for common good

Liz Fordahl pretends to be just a “concerned citizen.”  Roll Eyes

Letter: Hold oil industry, government accountable for common good
By: Liz Fordahl, Grand Forks
Why should the Red River Valley care about the rampant oil development in western North Dakota? The negative impact of oil development hasn’t reached Grand Forks or Fargo.

The Red River Valley hasn’t experienced price-gauging, housing scarcity, the vanishing stars due to flaring, oil spills, illegal dumping of radioactive waste, overcrowded schools, rape, murder, leasing schemes unfavorable to landowners, severe population growth, destroyed roads, polluted water, or man camps. Williston, Watford City and Tioga have. People who live there no longer feel safe. They feel that their North Dakota has been lost.

In contrast, the Red River Valley has experienced abundant tax revenue, construction booms, funding for schools and a general insulation from the economic recession that began in 2008 and has devastated most of the United States.

In 1997, when Grand Forks was in dire straits, the rest of the state and country, even Bill Clinton, showed up to help and show support. School districts across the state welcomed displaced students. Why aren’t we reciprocating that support? North Dakota is experiencing crisis.

The Red River Valley holds the weight of the state population and therefore the weight of the Legislature. The way I see it, it is our moral obligation and political responsibility to vote in favor of those without a strong voice – the residents of western North Dakota.

McKenzie County has two state representatives and one senator. They also carry the most oil impact and oil tax revenue. By contrast, Grand Forks and Fargo combined have 32 representatives and 16 senators.

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Sobriety checkpoints fading

What’s the matter; did the federal funds for this cat and mouse game dry up? Huh

FARGO – Sobriety checkpoints appear to be one of the casualties of Police Department staffing shortages here.

Since the department started running checkpoints in the fall of 2004, it has conducted 60 of them, leading to 174 total drunken-driving arrests.

The number of checkpoints has steadily fallen since 2005, though. From the high point that year of 11, they’ve held steady or decreased each year. Fargo police operated four each year in 2012 and 2013.

Sgt. Jim Kringlie said no sobriety checkpoints have been conducted in Fargo so far this year.

Kringlie said the department likes to have at least 10 officers working at each checkpoint in order to run it safely. A sobriety checkpoint under consideration for June had to be scrapped for lack of staff, he said.

The department is down seven officers, Lt. Joel Vettel said last week.

When police set up a DUI checkpoint, officers check for signs of intoxication for drivers of all vehicles that come through a stretch of road. Those who show some signs are pulled over for further testing.

Between 2007 and 2013, checkpoints produced an average of more than two arrests a night in just two years.

Checkpoint plans are publicized by police in the days beforehand, though specific locations and times aren’t announced in advance.

Publicity is one reason there aren’t many arrests made at checkpoints, Kringlie said.

The department is also required to post signs alerting drivers that a checkpoint is coming up, and there has to be a route they can take that gives drivers an out to avoid it, he said.

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Taylor Brorby Makes Demands

Mr. Rainbow tie talks tough! Shocked

David Scott Crew ·  Top Commenter · SAU Tech
Someone needs to poke this guy’s bloated ego with a very sharp pin.
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Taylor Brorby
Writer, environmentalist

Dear Baby Boomers, Step Aside
Millennials like pretty much the same thing: A job. Over the course of our existence we’ve been told we’re special, have been enrolled in numerous activities from piano lessons and soccer to football and debate team. We’ve logged numerous volunteer hours, studied for the ACT and SAT, praying to get into a good college. After our four years of learning and growing intellectually, we were promised a good job — and those jobs were ripped away from us.

So we adapted. We worked at Starbucks, who could offer us insurance; worked as interns (which has now become the standard for employers to test us out to see if we’re “hirable”) with no pay for 20 or more hours a week; refocused our dreams; and we have hoped to be able to pay off our exorbitant college debt, which the Institute for College Access & Success estimates is an average of $29,400, up 63 percent in less than a decade. We have done all of this while living in our parents’ basements.

Some of us were told to go to graduate school, taking on more debt, being advised that this would set us ahead of the competition. And after graduation we found — and continue to find — that the economy is still lagging.

You, dear baby boomers, as CNN reports, love to work past retirement. Only eleven percent of you plan to stop working entirely and, as AARP reports, boomers plan to work “until they drop.” As Brian Sozzi, the chief equity strategist of Belus Capital Advisor reports, 76 million baby boomers control 70 percent of household wealth.

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Board Illegal Aliens For Fun And Profit!


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The oldest living person smokes cigarettes?

What kind of joke is this? Shocked

A Brazilian man whose parents were African slaves could be the oldest living person ever documented after receiving a birth cerficate showing he turned 126 last week, it was reported on Tuesday.
Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was born on July 7 1888, just two months after slavery was abolished in Brazil – the last country in the world to outlaw the trade.
Yet the batchelor, who never married or had children, still walks without a stick, eats four meals a day and has no health problems – despite smoking a packet of cigarettes a day for the last 50 years.
Jose – known simply as Ze – was apparently 26 when the First World War broke out, and already a pensioner at 65 when Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne.
If the birth certificate is genuine, he would have been 52 when Brazil football legend Pele was born – and 62 when Brazil last hosted the World Cup, in 1950.
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Letter: Republicans are a bit contradictory

George is a Psychologist, so he knows he has “issues.” Roll Eyes

Letter: Republicans are a bit contradictory
By George W. O’Neill from Fargo on Jul 12, 2014 at 7:53 p.m.

Let me see if I get this straight. Republicans refuse to compromise, thus Congress cannot get things done. The president uses his executive powers to get at least a few things done.

The Republicans then sue the president for doing something.

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Former NDSU provosts still among top earners

They don’t even need guns to pull this off. How will Bruce Rafert feed his family after Sept. 1? Cry

FARGO – At North Dakota State University, the position of provost is a demanding one. As the school’s second-in-command, the provost oversees other top administrators and carries out the president’s vision for the university.

“That is a freaking hard job,” observed Dennis Cooley,  Roll Eyes a professor of philosophy and ethics.

With the tough job of provost comes one of the highest salaries on most campuses. But at NDSU, both former provosts still on faculty continue to draw some of the school’s top salaries.

NDSU’s new provost, Beth Ingram, started Monday with an annual wage of $286,809, second only to President Dean Bresciani. Ingram, formerly an economics professor and associate provost at the University of Iowa, will be earning almost the same as her predecessor, Bruce Rafert, whose salary was a dollar less at $286,808.

Now that Rafert’s left the provost’s office, he will focus on his work as a physics professor and researcher for NDSU. He won’t have the responsibility of provost, yet he’ll continue to be among the top 10 earners at NDSU. Similarly, the provost who served before Rafert, Craig Schnell, now works as a professor of pharmaceutical science and receives a salary comparable to what he earned as provost.

The university maintains that the past two provosts, Rafert and Schnell, are worth what they’re paid, but their current salaries as professors have been hard for some to stomach.

“The university system and universities individually do not do a good job showing what kind of value they’re getting for these salaries,” said Dustin Gawrylow, managing director of the North Dakota Watchdog Network. “This is a policy issue. It’s not about one person or another who fills that position because it’s not their fault the policy of the school is to do these sorts of things.”

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These planes must be Petri dishes full of infectious diseases. Shocked

MCALLEN, Texas—Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza. “This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.”
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Forum editorial: Go to work at Welk homestead

It’s in the middle of nowhere. Roll Eyes

Despite expected challenges and assorted bumps in the road, progress toward establishing the Lawrence Welk homestead in Emmons County as a North Dakota historic site is moving along at a good pace. The homestead, near Strasburg, was purchased with conditions by the state Historical Society, which will take over the site about a year from now, pending final approval of the purchase from the Welk family.

Meanwhile, a volunteer effort to repair and restore the buildings is underway. Led by the local

Tri-County Tourism Alliance, volunteers will converge on the site in early August to fix the barn and make other cosmetic and structural repairs to several buildings. The alliance invited volunteers, and is engaged in a fundraiser to offset the cost of materials.

Thus far, the plan to restore the homestead is going mostly as planned. The local alliance and the Historical Society recognize the importance of the homestead, not only as bandleader Lawrence Welk’s boyhood home but also as a touchstone for the history and heritage of the Germans from Russia who settled in the towns and farms of the area. That’s the foundational importance of the site in North Dakota history.

While a few shortsighted members of the Historical Society voted against the purchase, a majority understood the enduring importance of the homestead as a place to showcase and celebrate the region’s rich history. In that regard, the Welk home is not unlike Icelandic State Park, which preserves and honors Icelandic settlement in northeast North Dakota; or Minot’s Norsk Hostfest, which celebrates Scandinavian heritage every fall on the grounds of the State Fair; or the many American Indian sites managed by the Historical Society.

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