Grand Forks Herald
The Democratic donkey dates back to the 1820s, when President Andrew Jackson was called a jackass by an opponent. It later became the symbol of the party when editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast began using it in his work. The Republican elephant first appeared in 1874 in a cartoon, also drawn by Nast.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is frustrated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It appears he has a legitimate gripe. Friday, the Democrat from Minnesota issued a statement that harshly chastised the agency, which seemingly has muffled its ears as northern Minnesota residents have complained about reduced hours at two U.S.-Canada border crossings. "It is ridiculous that CBP failed to listen to local leaders and businesses," Peterson said. "... Their arrogance toward people living in rural areas will not be tolerated."
Chinese President Xi Jinping has a luxury not afforded to U.S. President Donald Trump. Xi does not fear his chances at reelection, and he need not worry about critical Chinese media and therefore retribution from voters. Trump, however, must deal with all three as he tries to maneuver through the trade war between the U.S. and China and which has American farmers rightfully on edge.
According to the latest American Society of Civil Engineers report card, Minnesota's infrastructure gets an overall grade of "C." Its bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, transit and wastewater categories all receive varying versions of a "C" grade and the state's roads are graded at "D-plus." And just with its roads, Minnesota has billions of dollars of backlogged projects. North Dakota also received a C grade.
LM Wind Power is a Grand Forks company that employs 800, with realistic hopes of adding more jobs. Late last year, the city's Job Development Authority approved an expansion for LM Wind to add infrastructure that will house office space and also accommodate construction of 203-feet-long turbine blades. It is an important local company working in an important statewide industry.
Strides have been made to curb human trafficking in Minnesota and North Dakota, but anyone who thinks this social ill is cured is sadly mistaken. Several times in the past year, trafficking has appeared in headlines, showing it still exists in this region.
When Democrats held a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to 2011, Nancy Pelosi ran the show. For four years, she was the first woman to hold the powerful role of speaker of the house. As Democrats seek to retake the House — they need a net gain of 23 seats in the November election to do so — it seems a forgone conclusion that Pelosi would be in position to reassume the role of speaker. Not so fast, many candidates are saying, and we see that as a good thing.
"Acknowledgment." That's a word used by Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap after hearing of the $12 billion emergency aid package for farmers caught in the middle of the trade war. In a written statement, Paap — a fourth-generation farmer — said he appreciates the aid package and that he looks forward to more details. His comments indicate he is pleased the president publicly reacted to growing troubles in farm country.
The opening round of President Trump's trade tariffs went into effect Friday, and now the country awaits answers to so many questions, including: 1. Will ag producers be as adversely affected as many predict? 2. Will China blink? 3. Can the president's strategy possibly work? For the record, we do not like any idea that puts American ag producers at risk. A statement released Friday by John Heisdorffer, president of the American Soybean Association, sums up our worries.
Funding is on its way in Minnesota to help curb opioid abuse. The announcement came Thursday from Gov. Mark Dayton, who declared $700,000 in grants to help fight the crisis. More important, Dayton announced new prescription guidelines for Minnesota doctors.