MORE HOUSING NEEDED We're glad a recent housing study recommends the construction of more than 900 new affordable homes in Minot. What we don't like about the study is the recommendation that those 900 affordable homes be built over the next 10 years. That's simply too long. The need for more additional housing is much more immediate. The study also recommends the city form a Minot Housing Partnership to addres affordable housing issues and create an employer-assisted work force housing program, both ideas that we would support. There have been affordable housing units built in Minot, notably the Artspace building downtown and the Washington Townhomes in southeast Minot, and there are more projects in the works. But we hope more units are built sooner rather than later, because the problem simply isn't going to end on its own.
SAID WITH A STRAIGHT FACE? Sometimes, the best way to bring attention to something is to simply put the words in black and white, and let readers draw their own conclusion. Thus, we offer comments from President Barack Obama, made last week during a discussion about immigration. Obama responded to hecklers, who wanted the president to stop deporations of illegal aliens by using executive order. "If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we're also a nation of laws. That's part of our tradition. And so the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws," Obama said. Enough said.