Grand Forks Herald
Secundum artem is a Latin phrase meaning "standard practice," or "according to procedure." As we see protests continue to cause problems and costly delays for oil companies, it's difficult not to think of that phrase each time a line is proposed and met with loud and potentially violent reaction.
Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty earlier this month, a year after he shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a northern Twin Cities suburb. Video from the victim's girlfriend — captured as life slipped out of Castile moments after the shooting — was a national sensation. More recently, video taken from the dash of Yanez' police cruiser has been made public. It shows an agitated officer and, to some viewers, strengthens the case that the shooting was unjustified. What's missing?
To help prevent opioid addiction, take an "ecosystem" approach. That means employ a web of strategies, a network that involves police, hospitals, nonprofits, families and others in a citywide response. Here's one strand of the web: Learn from Iceland's experience. The country devotes time and effort to helping young people experience "natural highs," a recognized key to avoiding addiction.
You can find Scylla and Charybdis in the Strait of Messina, the two-mile-wide gap between Italy and the island of Sicily. That's where, since ancient times, sailors have used great caution when navigating between the rocks of Scylla on one side and the whirlpools of Charybdis on the other. Or, you can find Scylla and Charybdis a lot closer to home.
Why an Electoral College? Just look around. If you live in Minnesota or North Dakota, the reason is clear. For Minnesota and North Dakota are not just regions on the American map, like Appalachia or the Southwest. They command respect, because they have power. They have power because they are states. And our country is, of course, the United States. The Electoral College is a vital component of our "united states" system. In fact, it's an element of which the Founders said they were especially proud.
In Minnesota, there's a sense that the 2016 legislative session was a colossal waste. This is because lawmakers met for weeks and at multi-million-dollar expense, but failed to get much done. That frustration deepened in the months afterward, when lawmakers and the governor couldn't agree on a special session. And throughout both the regular session and the failed talks about a special session, one issue always was held out as the hold-up: The Southwest Light Rail project in the Twin Cities.