Grand Forks Herald
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.
You don't have to be the descendant of a Pullman striker or a "breaker boy" — a child who worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines — to appreciate the power of Labor Day. The Upper Midwest had its own share of workplace horrors that labor laws helped put right. Here's one example. Think about it (this week), as you survey from your backyard the magnificent farm fields that are the glory of the (Upper Midwest).
In this video, Kevin Jeffrey of Grand Forks, North Dakota, swims with the fishes to land a largemouth bass tangled in the brush.
Hosting the Olympics is a boondoggle no city should want. Over the course of two and a half weeks, the Olympics lure hundreds of thousands of tourists to the host cities, supposedly resulting in billions of dollars of tourism revenue and economic impact. Is it worth it? Will the cities really find adequate use for the numerous new venues to justify their construction? And are the dollars spent in advance really recouped during the 17-day run of the Olympics? Probably not.
Around America, there's much discussion about black parents having The Talk—the dialogue where they sit down with their youngsters, especially their sons, and explain how crucial it is to cooperate with police in order to avoid getting shot. But here's the thing: Everybody should have The Talk. Including parents of black daughters. Including parents of white sons and white daughters. Including parents of everyone else. And including non-parents, too, who should look in the mirror some morning and have "the talk" with themselves.
Some policy responses to last week's police shootings and shootings-of-police will take years to put in place. But others can be rolled out within months. Here are two, both of them drawn from a striking op-ed in The Washington Post titled "The low-hanging fruit of police reform" (June 20). And both of them could help start rebuilding trust in police — especially among minorities, where for reasons ranging from tragically justified to shockingly unjustified, that trust has eroded.
So important is the office of the president that Europeans often say they wish they could vote in U.S. elections. That won’t be happening anytime soon, of course. But it...