Back in the day—and we're talking last century, late seventies and early eighties—the mantra of most politicians on abortion went something like this: Although I personally oppose abortion, people of good faith differ on the issue, and it should not be made political. Of course, back then such a remark was branded as politicians trying to have it both ways. Today such a remark sounds wise and wonderfully civil.
On October 4, 1957, the launch of a 23-inch Soviet satellite called "Sputnik 1" into low elliptical orbit shocked the USA. The Soviets had beaten us, and we didn't like it. Suddenly the fear from sea to shining sea was that America might be second-rate. The communists, who were a threat to the world, were leaving us in the dust.
It's hard to overstate the importance of the Tuesday, March 7, mill levy vote, which will affect ongoing funding for Fargo schools; that said, it's also hard to explain the role mill levies play in funding schools. In fact, when talking about mill levies, we best skip confusing stuff and cut to the chase: For Fargo property owners the outcome of a yes vote is that the mill levy providing school funding stays the same: It's 127 mills today and it will be 127 mills if the vote passes. If you are like me, you now are asking, "So, why do we need the vote?"
As my husband and I were heading downtown to participate in the Fargo version of the "Women's March on Washington" a week ago Saturday, he suddenly stopped and said, "I think this is the first protest march I've ever taken part in." I started to laugh. But then I realized it likely was the first time I'd ever joined a protest march. "Newbies," I said to him. "We're a couple of really old newbies."
Note to Gov. Doug Burgum: Taxing self-paying nursing home patients is—to borrow words popular with our new president—sad...really sad. North Dakotans may have their eyes glaze over when the subject is oil extraction taxes or corporate tax rates, but they are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when the subject is placing surtaxes on nursing home care. Everybody has relatives and friends in nursing homes. No question, that surtax is entirely understood. No question it will be resented.
We know what happens when Planned Parenthood clinics close. In 2011, the Texas Legislature slashed family planning funds by 66 percent, closing 82 family planning clinics, one-third of them associated with Planned Parenthood. The Legislature also passed law to make it impossible for Texas Planned Parenthood affiliates to participate in the Medicaid waiver program.
December 20, 1888 With mud and with grime from corner to center, Forever at war and forever alert, No rest for a day lest the evening enter; I've spent my whole life in a struggle with dirt.
Rest assured, the compelling force that causes us to read the same stories and watch the same movies every Christmas season is about more than tradition. It's also about more than nostalgia for Christmas times long ago, memories made ever rosier by increased distance from them.
As the story goes, the late R.G. (Bob) Lyngstad and his wife, Lori, were in church one Sunday morning almost three decades ago. Evidently the message from the pulpit that morning included the plight of women and children in the FM community in need of housing. Bob took it to heart. Before that Sunday afternoon was over, Bob and Lori had driven around town until they found a four-plex for sale in a residential neighborhood. Lickety-split, the YWCA was gifted with its first transitional housing units.
On windless, moonlit summer nights at the lake, my husband and I like to take our canoe out onto the water. We launch it anywhere along the beach, but once afloat we know where we are headed. The moon illuminates a gleaming path to aim towards, a path of moonbeams waiting to be sliced with the bow of our canoe. There's something enchanting about paddling into the light.