Pioneer Viewpoints: Lending a hand during difficult times
The beauty of the great outdoors is a big part of why we live in this part of the country.
The other? Its people.
And it wasn’t just firefighters. Stories also circulated about friends and neighbors helping each other evacuate or protect property. The American Red Cross, churches, social service agencies, businesses also stepped up to lend a hand to fire victims.
So, like Mary, we are truly grateful and appreciative that we live here.
N.D. vs. Minnesota
A kerfuffle was stoked last week when the Greater North Dakota Chamber, the state’s chamber of commerce, started a billboard campaign touting its state’s booming booming economy along highways bordering Minnesota. It also takes a shot, some say, at how Minnesota is trying to solve its budget woes, mainly through raising certain taxes, the Associated Press reported.
The signs’ top line reads “North Dakota.” On the second, it says “Open for Business.” Of course, much of the bickering is centered in Fargo and Moorhead, where both communities need one another to get federal funding for flood protection. Still, the Greater North Dakota Chamber’s president, Andy Peterson, told the AP there’s no plans to stop the billboard campaign. He said Minnesota needs to develop a more business-friendly climate, including less repressive taxes.
“As much as the Fargo and Moorhead people think this is about them, it is not about them. It has nothing to do with them,” Peterson told the AP. “It’s about what’s happening in Minnesota that continues to suck the air out of the room.”
And while we may not agree with all the politicians’ plans in St. Paul, creating a business-friendly climate should be a strong goal for all civic leaders.
But, c’mon, North Dakota, no need to kick us when we are down.