As a proud graduate of the University of North Dakota, I've been appalled at the process of replacing the revered Fighting Sioux name with the so-called nickname vote. Even though I practice law in Texas, I spearheaded a legal effort to stop the vote and have written a series of opinion pieces that have been published in North Dakota media. This op-ed was published in the state's largest newspaper, the Grand Forks Herald, and was also published in the Dickinson Press.
Recently, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway announced it was furloughing a number of rail crews in the system as a result of a traffic slow down. Furloughing is the railroad term for layoff. I should know. I experienced furloughs firsthand 35 years ago.