The United States is a country of immigrants. All countries are countries of immigrants. We all migrated from somewhere, all the way back to Africa when humans first left the continent. All animals migrate. As a species, it is what they, and we do it to survive. Species look for conditions that are better for survival.
In response to Bette Grande's May 20th column about doctor-assisted suicide: First, Grande says life is "precious and sacred," and therefore doctor-assisted suicide should be illegal. I agree that life is precious, but it is not sacred. Her God is responsible for billions of deaths, the meat industry kills millions of animals for the human diet, and governments around the world, including our own, treat life like it is disposable. Nobody, anywhere (with the possible exception of Jainism) treats life like it is sacred, so please, get off your high horse.
More prayers are not needed. Action is needed. If prayers were enough, why bother acting? It is only through acting that anything can be accomplished. Thoughts and prayers are nice, but they are like flowers--fleeting. No amount of prayer will ever solve anything. Not now, not ever.
I encourage Fargo City Commissioners John Strand and Dave Piepkorn to support the Roosevelt neighborhood. The developers who tore down houses with the expectation that the city council would kowtow to their demands should be rebuked for their brazenly impertinent behavior. The city needs neighborhoods and the city needs North Dakota State University, but which is in danger of going away, north Fargo neighborhoods or the university?
The rich are getting richer, and, as always, at the expense of the working class and poor. The destruction of another neighborhood by North Dakota State University should be condemned. Developers and friends of NDSU are going to bulldoze a city block to build businesses and apartments over the repeated objections of the regularly battered and ignored Roosevelt Neighborhood Association.