Opinion

The Khashoggi affair

National Columnists

JERUSALEM — Major media are now reporting that the Saudis are "preparing" to admit that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, died in their consulate in Istanbul, as the result of an interrogation gone wrong. Odds are good that admittance will never ...

Public lands are precious and worth saving

Editorials

A new group formed recently, a group that has a vital purpose. And whose members are not afraid to get a little dirty if it helps accomplish their goals. “Our focus is solely on public lands and conservation of those lands. We are trying to keep wild lands wild,” explained Jack Sorum, ...

Shut up, they explain

National Columnists

Gloria Alvarez, the young woman from Guatemala I wrote about last week, just got blocked by Facebook. Why? Because she criticizes socialism. After Alvarez joined me in my American studio to make a video we titled "Socialism Fails Every Time," she flew to Mexico City to make a speech. A ...

Sinking sleaze-Bob Menendez

National Columnists

he metaphors don't get any better (or worse) than this: A van carrying Hillary Clinton, fresh from throwing her #MeToo sisters under the bus this weekend, crashed into a parking garage pillar on the way to a New Jersey campaign fundraiser Tuesday for beleaguered Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. ...

Big box retail failures ring on end of days for traditional malls

Editorials

The announcement that Sears is filing bankruptcy is either a shock or depressing to many Americans. Those who grew up in the heyday of American catalog or mall retail will surely feel that an era has ended. Prior to anchoring shopping centers all over the country for decades, Sears and such big ...

The Electoral College Debate

National Columnists

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate's confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was lamenting the fact that ...

No down side to library merger talks

Editorials

Assertions this week that a merger of the Minot and Ward County public libraries could result in enhanced service but perhaps little in the way of cost savings – in the short term – shouldn’t discourage supporters or delay ongoing talks. A committee investigating a possible merger ...

Should US-Saudi Alliance Be Saved?

National Columnists

Over the weekend Donald Trump warned of "severe punishment" if an investigation concludes that a Saudi hit team murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Riyadh then counter-threatened, reminding us that, as the world's largest oil exporter, Saudi ...

Caregivers require their own attention

Editorials

With the continued aging of the Baby Boomer generations and the increasing cost of healthcare, particularly home healthcare, and other factors, the role of caregiver has never before been so much in the public eye. That is, if we aren’t taking care of an aging, ill or dependent relative, we ...

With friends like these

National Columnists

Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, photos of 15 Saudi ...

How to heal our epidemic of loneliness?

National Columnists

If Sen. Ben Sasse is right -- he has not recently been wrong about anything important -- the nation's most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is loneliness. Sasse's ...

CP Holiday Train embarking on 20th season

Editorials

Can it really be 20 years since the Canadian Pacific Railway launched its Holiday Train? Hard to believe. It’s also hard to believe we are already talking about the Christmas train in October and announcing its planned arrival in Minot in mid-December. We are not yet to Halloween ...

Both sides are doing it wrong

National Columnists

A certain segment of the evangelical pastoral community has decided Christians should embrace social justice. More prominent evangelicals are pushing back, saying "No." I think both sides get it wrong. John MacArthur, one of the great theologians of our age, has pushed back against the ...

Don’t look for civility unless Democrats win in November

National Columnists

"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Hillary Clinton told CNN last Tuesday. Her words cannot be taken literally, for you can be civil if you want to; they're a statement that she doesn't want to. That's the bad news; the ...

No other way but for landfill issue to be a mess

Editorials

If there is one certain thing about the debate over Minot’s landfill debate, it is that, regardless of the eventual decision, it’s going to be a mess in terms of public perception. The debate is over expansion of the current landfill site in southwest Minot. The issue is whether to ...

Poor Lloyd’s poor original almanac

Community Columnists

hen you get old, everything you open is a can of worms. ~ Politics is never a choice between good and bad. It’s a choice between bad and worse. Sometimes, it isn’t even a choice. ~ One-third of North Dakotans are obese, ...

China is playing us

Letters to the Editor

Joe Harris Bismarck When he last came to North Dakota, President Trump called us the “bank” that other countries are robbing, and I agree. Our trade imbalance with China is at $376 billion, and $50 billion more gets lost because of their piracy of our property. Let’s be real ...

Know when to tune out, tune in

Editorials

On one hand, Christmas music has already began appearing on store soundtracks around town. Yet on the other, it seems that this period before Halloween kicks off the fall-winter holidays is still weeks away and time just drags on. Perhaps if our cooler than normal early fall grants a reprieve, ...

Dangers of marijuana

Letters to the Editor

Pamela Sund Fargo Marijuana is a potent substance. That’s why North Dakota passed the medical marijuana bill, because properly administered it is effective for certain disorders. This was the right thing to do. But, this potency is also a potential health problem. Recreational use can be ...