My BCBS premium increased 14.4%. Thanks, Obamacare!
This isn’t “amazing,” Heitkamps!
So says state media. What about about the people getting property tax exemptions?
Intangible factors cannot be blithely dismissed by selectively focusing on one measure of taxes. People who have ambitions for public office should understand that the quality-of-life element is vital to Fargo’s success as a vibrant regional city. As an extrapolation from the study would suggest, Fargo’s fair and balanced tax structure has helped pave the road to that success.
Why don’t they return to defend their homeland?
FARGO – Ukrainians here expressed concern and disgust Monday over Russia’s invasion of part of their homeland, but they’re hopeful peace will prevail despite the mounting tension over what’s seen as Moscow’s biggest showdown with the West since the Cold War.
Over the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to send forces into Ukraine, a former Soviet republic in political turmoil, to protect Russian interests and citizens there. Without firing any shots, Russian troops seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Russia has a naval base.
“This is just pure evil. There’s no conflict within the country that requires another country to come in and try to solve it,” said Dr. Nataliya Danylkova, a Ukrainian native who works as an ophthalmologist at Essentia Health in Fargo. Putin “is trying to show the world he needs to help ethnic Russians on Ukrainian soil.”
Danylkova, 40, said opposition to the invasion has, in some ways, created common ground for western Ukraine, which favors closer relations with the West, and eastern Ukraine, which leans toward the Russian camp.
“Ever since Russian military came to Crimea, we can say that by this move, Putin actually did more to unite Ukrainian people than to separate them,” said Danylkova, who’s from the city of Ternopil in western Ukraine.
If this happened on private land, Tim Purdon would have indicted the people responsible with federal charges!
Published March 02, 2014, 04:13 PM
Fargo fire crews clean up ‘benign’ fuel oil spill at middle school
FARGO – Fire crews here are working on cleaning a fuel oil spill at a north Fargo middle school.
The spill occurred this afternoon likely because of a malfunctioning part in a tank at Ben Franklin Middle School, 1420 8th St. N., which caused the tank to overflow, said Assistant Fire Chief Leroy Skarloken.
Skarloken called the spill “pretty benign.” He estimated about 75 to 100 gallons have spilled out, and crews are working to clean it up and keep it from entering the storm sewers.
The call was made around 3:20 p.m., according to Fargo Fire Department’s PulsePoint app.
“It’s more of a nuisance than anything,” Skarloken said. “It’s flammable, but in these conditions it’s not really ignitable or anything like that. Especially when it’s this cold, it doesn’t (give) off gas or anything like that.”
Skarloken said most of the spill should be cleaned by the end of the day.
I’m surprised state media printed this cartoon. The education cabal will be outraged!
Did these nerds watch too many episodes of “Breaking Bad?”
If only college wasn’t so expensive, students wouldn’t have to resort to this!
Campus Police arrested three students after a routine traffic stop turned up drugs on the North Dakota State University campus. Lieutenant Greg Stone says on Thursday, February 20 an officer pulled over a vehicle with three people inside when marijuana and heroin were discovered.Lt. Stone says three NDSU students were arrested and charged with drug-related crimes. Hunter Schleske, 19, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Austin Clem and Cody B. Johnson, who are also both 19-years-old, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lt. Stone believes the teens live on campus, and says finding heroin on campus is unusual. The traffic stop was made in the 1700 block of 16th Street North just before 3:00 p.m.
What other law enforcement does Joe consider “hatred?”
Vice President Joe Biden used remarks at a reception he hosted in honor of African-American History Month to swing hard at the “malarkey” of voting right restrictions around the country — specifically, citing voter ID laws in North Carolina, Alabama and Texas as offenders.
As he’s done before, Biden linked the voting rights fight now to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, calling the people trying to restrict voting now the intellectual descendants of those who beat the movement’s leaders in Selma 50 years ago.
“These guys never go away. Hatred never, never goes away,” Biden said.
He called the dismantling of Jim Crow laws and other expansions of voting some of the most important legacy of the civil rights movement.
“Without the right to vote, nothing else much mattered,” he said.
But things have only changed so much, he said, expressing his disappointment.
“The zealotry of those who wish to limit the franchise cannot be smothered by reason,” he said.
Biden expressed optimism that Congress would pass legislation to address the parts of the Voting Rights Act overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last June.
“This fight has been too long, this fight has been too hard, to do anything other than win — not on the margins, but flat-out win.”
Biden left room for some lighter moments, though. Acknowledging the presence of Sacramento Mayor — and former NBA star — Kevin Johnson in the room, the vice president said, “I told the president, next game, I’ve got him.”
And he promised he was ready for his own moment on the court.
“I may be a white boy,” Biden said, “but I can jump.
Is state media in favor of the Keystone pipeline? I bet not!
I hope Warren Buffet doesn’t see this.
LEAFY SPURGE: To BNSF Railway for responding to every report about safety on the rails with the same recitation of its safety record, which for the most part is good. No one disputes statistics that say the railroad delivers more than 99 percent of its freight to destination without incident. But that no longer is the issue. After a fatal oil train explosion in Quebec (not a BNSF train) and derailment and explosion of an oil train near Casselton, N.D. (a BNSF train), perceptions of rail safety have changed. The startling increase of trains moving volatile North Dakota Bakken crude oil through the state’s cities and towns is the game-changer. When a load of grain or lumber skips the tracks, the danger to trackside neighbors is minimal, if at all. When tank cars that are filled with highly flammable hazardous material derail (Bakken crude, for example), the danger obviously is of a much higher magnitude. That’s the concern, and quoting statistics will not minimize that concern.
Can state media be any more paternalistic?
A request, not yet formalized, by Marcus Theatres to serve alcoholic beverages in a lounge at West Acres Cinema is yet another wrinkle in Fargo’s perennial debate over how to regulate booze sales. There should be no rush to either approve or scuttle the idea.
The Marcus proposal must be critically considered in the context of the city’s overall regulation of booze and beer sales. That context must include concerns expressed by law enforcement; the unseemly aspects of allowing alcoholic drinks in a dark theater that likely is populated by children; and the mixed message expanded alcoholic beverage sales sends at a time when Fargo and other places in North Dakota are trying to turn back a tide of alcohol abuse.
Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres (Milwaukee: Now there’s a town that knows its beer) has drink lounges in several of its locations in other states. There have been no problems, company officials said. None. That’s nice, but it should have no bearing on Fargo’s decision. The company also said it would limit its lounge customers to two drinks at the lounge, and then police theaters to ensure that patrons, who in some places can bring alcoholic drinks to their seats, do not get unruly. That’s nice, too, but what precisely does “unruly” mean in a movie theater setting?
Does FCC charge the same for their product as they did 20 years ago? Did they “gouge” all of the former owners of media outlets they purchased over the years?
Next time you hear someone proudly trumpet “the North Dakota way,” take a look at what is going on in the state’s booming Oil Patch. Read Tuesday’s Page 1 story in The Forum about apartment rental rates in Williston, as compared to rents for similar spaces in New York City, San Francisco or Boston. If the situation in oil country is “the North Dakota way,” then the long-cherished ethical behavior that underlies the phrase has become a cynical joke.
There are several ways to view monthly rental costs in Williston and other oil cities. (Two views are reflected in cartoons on this page.) It can be seen as pure and simple profiteering and gouging. It can be defined as the normal effects of supply and demand in an overheated marketplace. Or the rents can be explained as necessary in order for investors and developers to recover high costs of building new housing in a remote location.
The reality is that the phenomenon is driven by all those factors, even as the “what’s right” factor is not prominent in the discussion. Gouging is happening because the imbalances in supply and demand create perfect conditions for gouging. Also, there is little doubt developers who hurried into oil country want rents sky-high in order to recover investments quickly because, as in all booms, one day things will slow, or worse, the bottom will drop out. Communities that uncritically welcomed go-go development could be saddled with empty and rotting white elephants.