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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

U-Mary program fills Watford City need

The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Oct. 15, 2015

Watford City recently got some good news when the University of Mary announced plans to offer more college courses there beginning in 2016.

The new offerings will include a master of education program for local teachers. This will be added to the classroom business classes they currently offer. Both areas of study are supplemented by online class work.

High School Superintendent Steve Holen expects the master’s in education program will be popular. “We have a lot of young teachers,” he said. “A lot of them want to keep going with a master’s degree and realize that it’s a good time before they are tied down with families.”

Rachael Brash, director of graduate admission, says she hopes to soon add a master of business administration as well as courses in nursing and ones for public sector employees. “Watford City is not a short-term plan for the University of Mary.”

Watford City’s population certainly has grown to the size of a community that can support higher education options. Consider that the population of the McKenzie County area is higher than the cities of Valley City, Bottineau, Mayville and Devils Lake, all who have community colleges.

The advent of distance education via online classes and virtual classrooms has been a boon to educational opportunities to people in remote locations, of that there is no debate.

But sometimes there is just no substitute for classroom learning and interaction; of being in the same room as your classmates and instructor.

The University of Mary’s concept of combining classroom learning (in a new community almost 200 miles away) and online learning is to be applauded.

Watford City has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade and has many students and business people who we are sure will embrace the new opportunities as fast as U of Mary can make them happen.

Two sides to every cop story

Minot Daily News, Minot, Oct. 15, 2015

What would you do if you were a policeman who — fortunately wearing a ballistic vest — had just been shot by a suspect?

Remember, the impact of a bullet striking a ballistic vest is severe and often quite painful. And if you are the officer, your thought in the split-second before you must act may be that the suspect’s next shot could hit you in the head.

If you are most people, you probably pull the trigger on your own gun.

Cleveland Police Patrolman David Muniz did something else. He repeated a previous plea for the suspect, a distraught man who already had fired several shots at officers, to drop his gun. “I know you just shot me, but I’m not going to shoot you,” Muniz told Theodore Johnson, 64, on March 11.

Johnson, who had said he wanted to die, raised his weapon to fire again. Four officers with Muniz shot and killed him.

The tragic episode was caught on police body cameras. Obviously, Muniz acted heroically and compassionately — as law enforcement personnel throughout the country do, day in and day out.

Many proponents of body cameras for officers favor them to curb misconduct. But they can record other things — and the public should see those videos, too.

This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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