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JOHN STRAND

Should people with business before the Fargo City Commission have to worry about their personal politics inviting attacks from the city's elected leaders?
Zaleski weighs in on the behavior of Fargo city commissioners.
Gehrig asks to expand City Commission, create wards
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.

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Krystosek alleges that city commissioners pick and choose what state laws to follow.
The top concern identified in the Core Neighborhoods Master Plan approved by city commissioners this past week was rental units or owner-occupied homes in need of repair or updating.
Fargo-area politicians and activists will no doubt have a lot of success milking this issue for notoriety, and donations, but even if they're successful in implementing a policy, and even if that local policy withstands legal scrutiny under state law, it isn't likely to change much of anything.
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.
The city's newly created Sustainability and Resiliency Committee is seeking three members.

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Why didn’t the City Hall Santa Claus just walk down Broadway, picking and choosing which businesses to award breaks, distinguishing by whim between those who have been naughty and those who have been nice?
The pandemic has been with us for months. It's less an emergency than a status quo. Our governing bodies like city commissions and legislatures have taken steps so that they can meet and do their jobs safely. It's time we put the emergency powers back in the box.
Arts and entertainment newspaper will shift some of its coverage for now to news and features as the pandemic continues to play havoc with the area's social happenings and bar and restaurant scene.

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