Grand Forks Herald
President Donald Trump is trying hard to discredit a tell-all book that is as brutal as it is interesting. Disclaimer: We haven't actually read the book. We've seen numerous excerpts and heard anecdotes from "Fire and Fury," which is No. 1 on Amazon's sales ranking.
In today's polarized political landscape, it's sometimes difficult to decipher what, exactly, is happening when a newsworthy event hits the wires. So with that in mind, here are left/right views of what at first glance appears to be good news regarding the Republican-based tax reform bill. President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion measure Friday and, by many accounts, it will affect nearly every family and business in the United States.
A new study from the University of Utah concludes that technology in cars is causing more — and not reducing — distracted driving. Reported last week in USA Today, the study tested 30 vehicle infotainment systems and found that all are distracting to some degree. That's not good, considering distracted driving is likely a big reason for an increase in fatal crashes in recent years. According to the USA Today report, the number of deadly crashes involving distracted driving increased more than 8 percent in 2015, the most recent year full statistics are available.
So far, protests haven't sprung up along the route of the proposed Enbridge 3 replacement pipeline in northern Minnesota. Perhaps it would be wise to emphasize two words: So far. Because if North Dakotans learned anything in 2016, we learned that pipeline protests are real, are serious, and are a place for activists of all sorts to peacock for the media.
A recent Reuters story told of people from Africa and the Middle East showing up in Emerson, Man., seeking asylum and "fleeing U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants." But the bigger story about Canada and immigration isn't unfolding in a few border towns. It's happening throughout the country. It's especially happening in Manitoba, and it involves Canadians by the tens of thousands, facts that may interest North Dakotans and Minnesotans.
History has been kind to President Gerald Ford's pardon of President Richard Nixon, which happened only a month after Nixon resigned from the presidency. That was not true at the time—1974. Nor was it true two years later, when the the pardon played a big role in Ford's losing to Jimmy Carter in 1976. Ford's clemency was a "profoundly unwise, divisive, and unjust act" that shattered the new president's "credibility as a man of judgment, candor, and competence," the New York Times editorialized after the pardon.
The Fighting Sioux nickname controversy was one of the most contentious in North Dakota history. It boiled for decades. It still simmers today, judging by the turmoil and argument over UND’s new Fighting Hawks logo. So, why would a state agency get anywhere near that pot of scalding water, let alone plunge in its hand? Especially unbidden — that is, without pressure groups or, really, pressure of any kind forcing the move.
Before Minnesota Nice and North Dakota Nice, there was (and still is) Norway Nice. But don’t underestimate the Norwegians. The Germans did that in World War II; the result was...
Talk about your great news: “Survey shows little progress on bullying,” the headline in Sunday’s Grand Forks Herald read. Yep, go ahead and spread the word, because this trend is really worth celebrating. OK, not the trend of “little progress on bullying”; that one’s not worth celebrating at all. It’s the other phrase in the headline that represents good news. That would be “Survey shows,” and it’s an upbeat development because it reflects an honest effort to actually figure out if a government program works. At long last, federal and state officials are using sophisticated t
This Memorial Day is not like other Memorial Days. That’s because this Memorial Day, the health care system set up for America’s veterans is engulfed in a terrible scandal. Dozens of veterans have died while spending months on secret and illegal waiting lists, news stories and other reports have revealed. Complaints about the lists surfaced months ago, but Veterans Affairs officials and the White House took little action. That’s worse than unacceptable.