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Published April 08 2012

Forum editorial: A double standard wins weed

Leafy spurge: To North Dakotans, mostly of the conservative stripe, who revel in cursing the federal government from one side of their mouth but ask for federal aid from the other. It’s common political gymnastics in the state among elected leaders and just plain folks. It’s especially evident when assessing major damages after floods, or when seeking money for flood protection projects, or when justifying preservation of military installations that might have outlived their national security purposes, or when farm bills are cobbled together. They hate the feds, but when a federal agency comes along with millions to build say, a hospital, their hands are out. They hate the feds, but when it comes time to build and rebuild roads in say, oil country, they squirrel away state money and happily grab federal dollars. A tortured double standard? A peculiar contradiction? Hypocrisy?

Prairie roses: To Darin Erstad, the Jamestown, N.D., native who was a successful Major League baseball player and who now is back in baseball as head coach of the University of Nebraska baseball team. Returning to his alma mater last year has been satisfying for the man who played 14 seasons in the big leagues. Always personable and available to talk with media representatives in his home state, Erstad said last week that he “absolutely loves” coaching at the Nebraska school. He’s bringing his team along with hopes of getting into the NCAA tournament and winning a conference championship, goals the team has failed to achieve since 2005. But if anyone can do it, Erstad can. His record in sports at all levels is one of determination, hard work and success. He’s brought those values to Nebraska, which is very good news for the school’s baseball program.

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