With the fat and obese people being the fastest-growing group in America, discussion of their condition has become politically incorrect. By that, I mean any politician expecting victory down the road can’t afford to offend this burgeoning group.
As a chronic protestant, I did not celebrate Presidents Day. I did not favor the creation of Presidents Day, but no one asked for my opinion at the time. Since they didn’t hold public hearings, I’ve lost all hope of being asked, so I am now breaking my silence.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Founding Fathers created a governmental system that is not supposed to work until we can mobilize massive agreement. With separation of powers, we have had modest gridlock for two centuries, so it was inevitable that we would end up some day with a political system that doesn’t work at all.
With a high school graduation rate of close to 90 percent, North Dakota does not appear to have much of a dropout problem. However, Dakota Draper, President of the North Dakota Education Association, sees it as an issue that cannot be dismissed.
Economists at North Dakota State University have calculated the annual economic impact of the Bakken Formation development and came up with $13 billion for 2009 – and a lot of growth has occurred since then. For a people used to dealing in thousands, and sometimes millions, talk about billions is impressive.
North Dakota is on a euphoric high, with the oil industry pouring billions of dollars into the state treasury, mineral owners’ pockets and business ledgers. Western towns once written off as dead have sprung to life.
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