I think it's now official. Three out of four kids are smarter than the State Industrial Commission. They recognize a "special place" when they see one.
In the July 30, 2014 McKenzie County Farmer, this question was asked: "What is the most awesome thing that you have ever seen?"
Answers: (13-year-old) "It would be the snow in the Badlands. It was so pretty." (10-year-old) "I'd say it was the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I was able to climb buttes and see buffalo." (10-year-old) "It was a bunch of prairie dogs in Medora. They live in caves underground."
Did the fourth say, "Oh, definitely the thousands of flares or maybe the destruction to get to one million barrels a day"? No.
She answered, "Disneyland."
By feverishly approving drilling permits in their devotion to out-of-state oil companies instead of state residents, the Industrial Commission is creating what will be the future for these sensible young people. I wonder if they will thank the Industrial Commission for the inherited mess. What made the NDIC's three native North Dakotans, who should know better, sell their souls to self-serving out-of-staters and to forget the values of honesty, hard work, independence and independent thinking, and loyalty to our home state?
As for being independent, should the governor who belongs to the less-government/less-federal-spending Republican Party be asking for 75 percent FEMA funding for damages from June flooding? Then should Harold Hamm apply for food stamps?
Maybe rich North Dakota should only be permitted to borrow from the federal government ... but only until the state loosens the purse strings to take care of its own.