New UND logo a darn sight better than new name

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Posted 6/28/16 (Tue)

Passing Dreams
By Steve Andrist

I like it. 
With a piercing eye, a hawk is intertwined with the ND.
Sure, I know I’m in a minority in my appreciation for the new University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks logo.
And I’ll admit that I decided several weeks before the logo was unveiled that whatever it was, I was going to like it.
That’s because most people, at least those who care enough to share their opinions on social media or blogs or comment pages, were destined long before it was unveiled to hate the new logo whatever it looked like.
The design could have surpassed the Dallas Cowboys or New York Yankees logos and UND fans still angry that the name had to be changed in the first place would have panned it mightily.
Hence, my decision to like it regardless.
As luck would have it, liking the new Fighting Hawks design wasn’t all that difficult.
Viewed through rose-colored glasses untainted by the scorn over the loss of “Fighting Sioux,” it’s actually pretty creative.
Clean, professional, strong, descriptive, not cartoonish or otherwise cheesy.
It’s something, over time, for UND supporters to rally behind.
Still, the naysayers, so far, are carrying the day.
Looks like  a cheap imitation of the old Minnesota North Stars “N,” said some. (It doesn’t.)
Looks like a rip off of the U.S. Postal Service logo, said others. (That’s an eagle, for crying out loud, not a hawk.)
Still more than 70 percent of the respondents to unscientific polls on the Grand Forks Herald and Fargo Forum web sites said they don’t like the new logo.
Design experts view it as not nearly the best thing since sliced bread, but also not the worst they’ve ever seen.
Because it’s a done deal -- and it’s actually not that bad -- the armchair design critics don’t matter.
Now if North Dakotans want to look for a horrible design that could still be changed, let’s start a conversation about the new license plates.
Have you met ANYONE who likes them?

Taxing
According to a special interest group called the Tax Foundation, Americans collectively spend 8.9 billion hours and $409 billion complying with U.S. tax code.
Really?
We (taxpayers) spend that much time and money so they (IRS) can collect even more from us?
Something’s just a bit hinky about a system in which we have to pay in order to pay our taxes.
As the Tax Foundation points out, that’s 8.9 billion hours and $409 billion that, in effect, are being removed every year from our economy.
Think what could happen if we had that time and money back to put into productive pursuits.
That’s what happens when you have a tax code that contains 2.4 million words and tax regulations that contain 7.7 million more.
Do you think that qualifies as either “for” the people or “by” the people?

Clean house?
Here in Bismarck, where a lot of people are employed by the state, nerves are being exposed at the capitol building and other buildings where they work.
Why? People assume Doug Burgum will be our next governor.
So? Burgum has campaigned in opposition to the good old boys network and to government business as usual.
That means Bismarck folk are starting to get nervous about how widespread and how deep Burgum’s housecleaning will be.
Those who work in offices managed by elected officials, like the attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state and Public Service Commission, are still breathing easy.
Those who work for administrators appointed by the governor, like the Health Department, DOT, Commerce, Human Services and Workforce Safety,  are nervous about how serious Burgum would be about the government as usual house cleaning and whether their jobs will be in jeopardy.
It’s an interesting back story to the November General Election -- at least for people in Bismarck.