Bret Weber, Grand Forks City Councilman, joined the program to discuss his initial support for the proponents of Arbor Park and his subsequent Letter to the Editor of the Grand Forks Herald entitled “I was wrong about Arbor Park” that appeared in the Herald today.
Weber lays out the case for growing business in a city with an abundance of green space as well as his decision to publicly modify his stance.
A delightful conversation with an insightful thinker and a wonderful writer. “Leadership” becomes a large part of the discussion when we talk about the following paragraph from the article: “I am 100 percent convinced the greatest need in North Dakota is not social systems, political policy, economic escalation in oil or commodity pricing, or even educational excellence. While each of these is important, the greatest need in North Dakota is Godly, effective leaders grounded in and humbly following our Creator.”
The former Editor and Publisher of the Grand Forks Herald joined Mac and discussed the repeal of TheFairness Doctrine (a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was — in the Commission’s view — honest, equitable, and balanced); his respect and confidence for the workings of our Republic and the current crankiness of elected officials whose job it is to fund education at all levels.
Jacobs also recounts a protest in front of the UND ROTC Building after the Kent State Shootings in 1970. Mike was responsible for leading a portion of the protest when Tom Clifford, who was then the Dean of the School of Business, helped defuse the situation. Mike recounts the particulars and Clifford’s gift for treating everyone with respect and navigating difficult situations.
NCAA PLAYOFF HOCKEY TALK: Brad Elliott Schlossman joins us to talk brackets and favorites, along with the latest news from the teams involved in this years NCAA Hockey Tournament as we follow the University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey Team to the NCAA Western Regional in Scheels Arena in Fargo.
MIKE JACOBS, the former Editor and Publisher of the Grand Forks Herald joins MacTalk for an hour discussion on journalism, North Dakota State politics and the future of Grand Forks. ALWAYS an interesting guest.
AND… although Mike loves Grand Forks he’s “pessimistic” about the short-term future of the City… find out why an informed man holds that opinion.
The Publisher of the Grand Forks Herald joins us to discuss “the news” in today’s fast breaking news environment. Additionally, we discuss his recent editorial advocating for the development of the Arbor Park site, while expressing the hope that voters pass a Grand Forks City Sales Tax increase.
Ryan Bakken, long-time reporter and columnist at the Grand Forks Herald joined us to discuss journalism, where he gets his news from and what concerns him about TV journalism.
In a day and age where the words “news” and “reporter” mean many things to many people, Ryan discusses the terms the way a professional journalist views them. An insightful discussion from a news pro who always has a unique way of looking at things. GREAT STUFF!!!!