Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board
A letter to any educator who has inappropriately interacted with a student, or to anyone headed down that path: Think about what you’re doing. Think about the lives you’re ruining — your own as well as that of the victim. And we say “victim” because that’s what the young person is. The student may seem like an adult, but studies show young brains are not fully capable of making sound decisions. You’ve taken advantage of that.
GRAND FORKS — Is it OK to break the law if it's in the name of perceived public good? Specifically, can people who trespassed and tampered with a multimillion-dollar pipeline avoid jail time if they can prove it was for the sake of slowing climate change? This is the issue that's before a jury in Bagley, Minn., where two women from Washington face trial for attempting to shut down two pipelines in northwest Minnesota in 2016.
GRAND FORKS—Nicole Haffely of Hillsboro will be inducted into a bowling hall of fame later this year. We know this because she was featured in a front-page story in the Hillsboro Banner. In Mayville, the Riverwood Addition development site is nearly sold out as more people build homes there. That news was on the front page of the Traill County Tribune. The Devils Lake Journal noted the local Sons of Norway lodge recently won a statewide award, and the Walsh County Press reported that Park River is the first city to receive the state's Vision Zero Community Designation.
It's official: There will be a Republican primary for North Dakota's seat in the House of Representatives. That's what Tom Campbell decided after Saturday's state Republican Convention, and he filed nominating petitions Monday. At the convention, fellow Republican Kelly Armstrong trounced Campbell, getting 847 votes to Campbell's 480. In North Dakota, the losers at the convention often concede to the winner, but Campbell said he still plans to proceed. Now, it appears voters will decide in June, with the winner facing Democrat Mac Schneider in November.
Good for the Crookston (Minn.) School Board for making a decision that members hope will erase any gray areas in district policy regarding senior pictures and guns. Unfortunately, we don’t believe it was the right decision. The board recently decided students cannot be pictured in the high school yearbook posing with firearms of any kind.
In October, a Gallup Poll showed that more Americans than ever support legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Sixty-four percent of Americans are now in favor, the poll showed.
U.S. employment has jumped again, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and politicians are cheering. The most recent report shows nonfarm payroll employment increased by 261,000 nationwide in October. It prompted President Donald Trump to tweet “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!” Jobs are great, but too much hay is being made by politicians who tout job creation over wage increases.
So much is happening in the world of unmanned aerial systems, and so much of it is happening beneath the national — and even local — radar. For instance, do readers realize how greatly the drone industry has affected the wind-energy industry? Unmanned aerial vehicles are being used to carefully inspect wind turbine blades for nicks, scrapes and other inconsistencies that reduce productivity or outright threaten the entire tower. What once took hours is now taking only minutes per tower.
We are not proponents of changing place names to better fit political correctness. President Obama was wrong, in our opinion, to change the name of Alaska’s Mount McKinley to Denali in 2015. Meanwhile, we have urged a national cleansing of Confederaterelated statues and flags throughout America, because those relics honor former rebels who took up arms against the United States and fought to preserve slavery, our nation’s greatest sin.
A new study from the University of Utah concludes that technology in cars is causing more – and not reducing – distracted driving.