Opinion

The left’s most dangerous game

National Columnists

Debra Strop owns Uncle Loui's Cafe in Duluth, MN. Last week, a television news crew reached out to see if they could do their news program from the cafe. The program would be covering President Trump's speech in Duluth. Ms. Strop agreed. That is when the progressive thugs attacked. The news ...

NIMBY complaints will always limit landfill options

Editorials

This week, a city focus group was presented with a plan for a regional landfill site, privately operated, and being built in a rural area well removed from the current city dump, which sits close to residential properties and amid south Minot property expected to be in demand for future ...

This is Seth Meyers on drugs

National Columnists

CNN host Van Jones, a former Obama White House aide, interviewed NBC late-night host Seth Meyers with the usual reverence that liberals offer to comedians of the Resistance. "You're an icon. You're a legend," Jones gushed. "You're doing a phenomenal service to the country." But the best ...

Canadian policy will impact North Dakota, U.S.

Editorials

Canada’s decision to become just the second nation in the world to entirely legalize marijuana will have a profound impact on North Dakota, other border states and the nation as a whole. According to Associated Press, “Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal ...

Do Christians have a future in LGBTQ america?

National Columnists

In 2014, high-tech executive and CEO of Mozilla Brendan Eich was forced to resign from the company he helped found and build, because he made a $1,000 contribution to support traditional marriage in the California marriage referendum. According to accounts, Eich was subject to vicious attacks ...

Taxpayers will open wallets for the right cause

Editorials

Despite all the agitation over property tax increases, the possibility of other tax increases and the general economic malaise of the region, the right cause pitched to the right audience can still succeed. It isn’t that residents resist all calls for financial need. Instead, it might be ...

Trump and the invasion of the West

National Columnists

"It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of "zero tolerance," under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their parents. "Disgraceful," adds Dr. Franklin Graham. "We need to ...

Blind to real problems

National Columnists

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said: "Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it ...

Digital disorders

Editorials

It should come as no surprise to older people and parents that overconsumption of video games leads to a legitimate disorder. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, a U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health ...

Bias and the beholder

National Columnists

Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? The Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no "documented" evidence ...

Time Magazine’s war on King Trump

National Columnists

Anyone who walks past a newsstand knows that Time magazine hates Donald Trump. Don't doubt us. You'd lose. In 2016, it pictured his orange face melting on the cover and then, months later, that same face melted into an orange puddle. Time considered it unthinkable that he would win. Then, once ...

Prospect of more wind turbines is good news

Editorials

Unless a person lives smack dab in the middle of a wind farm the news that North Dakota might be getting more wind turbines should be considered good news. For decades, especially during the years when gas lines were long, residents lamented that wind power was not being tapped in North ...

Two recent headlines especially troubling

Editorials

Two news stories that crossed The Associated Press news wire last week were especially troubling to many ordinary people here in North Dakota. It seems there oughta be a law against dumping saltwater in a farmer’s field just because you don’t want to wait in line at the place where ...

Politicians learn how governments are held accountable

National Columnists

Political leaders often talk as if the right to vote is our most powerful tool for holding government accountable. Voting is important, but its impact is limited by an electoral process that protects incumbents and offers voters few meaningful options. Fortunately, as the Seattle City ...

Not quite time to evaluate president’s trade strategy

Editorials

Democrats at the national and state level appear to be seeking those policy issues that will win voters over after two years of only one presiding issue: the hatred of President Donald Trump (and in many cases, a disapproval of Trump voters). So far those issues seem to be healthcare and the ...

June flotsam & jetsam

Community Columnists

It’s hard to determine what the best part of June in Minot is. Is it the weather? Is it the outdoor opportunities for fun now that the weather is more moderate? Is it the close time proximity to the North Dakota State Fair? But with anticipation of all these things on many people’s minds, ...

RIP, GOP?

Letters to the Editor

The Republican Party is disappearing.... Republican candidates are no longer acting like members of the Grand Old Party, like adult representatives of the people; they are worrying if they are Trump enough. They are morphing into the Trumpette Party, meek followers without minds and ...

The King can do no wrong

Community Columnists

It was a great day of celebration in the shire when Senior Jester Muckle started the apprentice training of Junior Jester Macduf, chosen by the King to be the head jester of the realm. From their vantage point in Witherdumb Castle, they could see the colored flags flapping in the wind, the ...