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Berginski: Let’s be honest

By Staff | May 9, 2014

Let’s be honest, whenever I brush my teeth I don’t floss. I should, but it’s so easy not to.

Let’s be honest, I do exaggerate in these weekly columns. But I do it to drive my point across.

Let’s be honest, even though I consider myself a “nerd,” I’m not looking forward to the new Star Wars movie. I also couldn’t really care less about the next Transformers movie. I think the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is just a cash grab, and despite the dark reboots, DC can’t hold a lit stick of dynamite to Marvel at the box office. (And that’s from a guy who has all of the Christopher Nolan Batman films in his collection.)

Phew! Huge weight off my chest. It feels great, cleaning out that metaphorical closet, doesn’t it? While we’re at it, let’s be honest about a whole lot more stuff, shall we?

Since last year, North Dakota has had a voter ID law in place (photo ID, if you want to get technical). Despite the arguments of whether or not it curtails voter fraud; whether or not it disenfranchises potential voters; or whether or not it may impact voter turnout (although there are some who won’t vote anyway), I personally don’t have a problem with it. If someone has to produce an ID to buy cigarettes or booze, then what’s so problematic with producing an ID at the polls? And yes, getting or renewing an ID can be time-consuming and may take a bit out of one’s pocketbook, but there are midterm elections every two years and presidential elections every four. Call me crass, and I know a lot can happen in one to two years, but that is ample time to get or renew an ID.

Eight million people signed up for health insurance plans under, call it what you will, the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” When you consider that it’s mandatory; it’s unpopular with most Americans; people have been complaining of higher premiums than what they paid previously, or not being able to keep insurance plans they liked; the delays galore and the botched website rollout, it’s not as massive an accomplishment as one would like to believe.

Incoming college freshmen and underclassmen will soon be paying more in interest on their student loans. This will lead to a vicious cycle of more of our nation’s young people going into debt, all in the name of education and career training. Since the federal government is involved in the student loan business, they need to find a sensible and equitable way to fix this problem. While we’re at it, we should also figure out how to bolster interest in STEM and humanities in our children by the time they reach colleges and universities. (Of course, if you’re reading this and you want to study history, I have no problem with that.)

Mother’s Day is tomorrow (unless you live in Mexico, in which case it’s ahora). Do something nice for your mom. What that something is, that’s up to you.

Volunteering at the movie theater is a great way to be involved in the community. It also keeps open a prominent building in this town’s history.

So now that my metaphorical closet is clean, for now, what else should we be honest about?

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