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ARLETTE PRESTON

Should people with business before the Fargo City Commission have to worry about their personal politics inviting attacks from the city's elected leaders?
"With my leadership, the entire metro area will be undergoing a housing study. We will have data on housing supply and demand," writes Fargo City Commissioner Arlette Preston. "I am committed to a comprehensive housing strategy that uses all our tools to target housing development that is affordable to all, including that 'missing middle' priced housing."
Dueker writes, "The reason our city commission works well is because it is a system which fits the needs of our entire city as compared to a portion of the city. We, the voters, are privileged now in being able to elect one or two people who, we believe, can best run Fargo; not just represent a local agenda or pet project to enrich a region in our city."
Gehrig asks to expand City Commission, create wards

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Of course it's a magic word like others of its ilk: racism, fascism, and more terms of art meant to stifle thought. But for cops does it mean that all criminals will now be included under the law, or something else? Perhaps it's supposed to indicate that we should all be singing kumbaya, which is well and good except we might not think that's what cops are supposed to be about.
Shaw includes comments about the hate crime ordinance established in Fargo and the effort to recall four Fargo School Board members.
There is no more slippery slope than the one separating a “hate crime” and “thought crime,” and while the former has now become appealing to many on the left, the latter concept goes against everything we supposedly stand for as a country.
Krystosek alleges that city commissioners pick and choose what state laws to follow.
OneFargo activist Wess Philome and criminal defense attorney Mark Friese discuss whether North Dakota needs hate crime legislation on this episode of Plain Talk Live with Rob Port. Join in the conversation with them below.
Is the city out for justice? Or money?

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Stark praises Fargo Mayor Mahoney and City Commissioners Arlette Preston and John Strand for extending the mask mandate.
This isn't really a local control issue. It does not serve the interests of North Dakota well to have our state be a patchwork of conflicting policies on things such as guns. It makes more sense for us to develop, as a state, standardized and easy-to-understand policies that are, in turn, respected by political subdivisions. Support for "local control" in this instance means adding to the already byzantine maze of regulations gun owners must abide by.
Monday night I went to my first Fargo City Commission meeting. I went to try to give some support to the OneFargo ND and Black Lives Matter groups but there was at least one problem. I wasn't really able to demonstrate that support within the rules of the meeting. I had thought that public input was regularly welcomed at City Commission meetings, but that's not the case.

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