The shootings on Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in southern California were acts of hatred and terror. It was frightening and confusing. One person was shot dead and three others were wounded. However, if it wasn’t for the actions of Oscar Stewart, 51, the carnage would have been much worse. Stewart’s quick response was heroic.
So, Mark Kennedy, president of the University of North Dakota, has apologized for criticizing the Legislature's massive budget cuts to higher education. . . I wish he hadn't. There was no need to apologize. Kennedy was right. The Legislature hammered higher education with a 31 percent spending cut. Academic programs were cut, people lost their jobs, classes got larger, salaries were frozen and athletic teams were dropped.
The minimum wage in North Dakota definitely needs to be raised, but those pushing for the change... — Are shooting too high. They need to learn their lessons from the 2016 North Dakota election. They should take a look at the measure to increase the cigarette tax from 44 cents a pack to $2.20 a pack. The hope was the higher tax would decrease smoking in the state. That measure burned out, and was overwhelmingly defeated by 23 percentage points.