Opinion

Family breakdown explains social unrest

National Columnists

As France is gripped by civil disorder, many commentators identify, quite correctly, as the culprit the outsized burden that France's bloated welfare state places on its citizens. According a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the highest tax burden ...

Parks, Rec merger talks show government can be efficient

Editorials

The merger of parks and recreation in Minot has been a long time in coming. This despite the fact that the combination is entirely logical, the pre-existing separation of the two uncommon and odd, and the reality that parties only began talking in earnest about it fairly recently. The merger ...

The ‘International Community’ isn’t a community

National Columnists

Very often these days, we hear about the wonderful richness of the international community. Americans are chastised for failing to go along with the international community on climate change; failing to follow the consensus of the international community on health care; failing to mirror the ...

Good preliminary news for Ward County Historical Society

Editorials

There is good news from the Ward County Historical Society and its Pioneer Village. According to the historical society, the Ward County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village will be relocated to the south side of Burlington on the U.S. 2 and 52 Bypass. As reported in yesterday’s Minot ...

Good farm policy benefits every American, every day

Community Columnists

We have the highest quality, lowest cost food supply thanks to the hard work of our nation’s farmers and ranchers. That’s why, as a member of the farm bill conference committee, I worked to ensure that the final 2018 Farm Bill provides our producers with the tools they need to succeed. Good ...

Liberty gifts

National Columnists

Struggling to find gifts to get for loved ones? How about a book? I just made a video about some books that shaped my thinking. First, Friedrich Hayek's "Road to Serfdom" recounts how government trying to centrally plan an economy often leads to tyranny. Government shouldn't ...

Enjoy an outdoors break in the season

Editorials

As reported on in Wednesday’s Minot Daily News, we are not just approaching Christmas, but also annual Christmas Bird Counts. It’s beginning to look a lot like weather will impact positively on participation. Warmer weather than last year appears likely. The Christmas Bird Count, the ...

Trump border wall showdown

National Columnists

Congressional Democrats are butting heads with President Donald Trump over his demand for $5 billion to continue building a wall along the southern border. Rep. Nancy Pelosi vows not one dollar will go for a wall. She calls the idea of a wall "immoral." Not building the wall is what's truly ...

Acceptable racism

National Columnists

How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the following statements and many others like them? (In the interest of brevity, I shall list only four.) "The world could get by just fine with zero black people." ...

A glimpse into the past

Editorials

Thanks to the State Historical Society of North Dakota, residents and other interested parties can now learn about the peoples and lifestyles of North Dakotans – dating back more than 10,000 years ago. “Traces: Early Peoples of North Dakota,” was recently published by the State ...

How Democracy is losing the World

National Columnists

If Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels about a one-night stand a decade ago, that, says Jerome Nadler, incoming chair of House Judiciary, would be an "impeachable offense." This tells you what social media, cable TV and the great herd of talking heads will be ...

Yes, voter fraud is real

National Columnists

Maybe ballot security isn't such a bad thing after all. Democrats, who the day before yesterday were insisting that voter fraud didn't exist, now believe that it was used to steal a North Carolina congressional seat from them — and they may well be right. Republican Mark Harris ...

Hopefully, governor and legislators find common ground

Editorials

The peaceful period that surrounds the holiday season can only last so long. On Jan. 3, the North Dakota Legislature begins the process of carving out a budget for the 2019-21 biennium. Gov. Doug Burgum has released his proposal for the budget already and is busily communicating it to ...

Ocasio-Cortez is borrowing from the Trump playbook

National Columnists

One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I'm sure this is as old as time, but I first noticed it in the late 1990s. Many of Bill Clinton's most ardent supporters responded to every new criticism by claiming the ...

Minot airman recognized for meritorious service

Editorials

Congratulations are due to an airman stationed at Minot Air Force Base. As reported by Minot Daily News through an article courtesy of 5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, a prestigious award was recently received by Master Sgt. Philip McAlpin. McAlpin is a heavy repair superintendent with the 5th ...

Thinking about what’s right in America

National Columnists

Amid this holiday season of reflection, I'm thinking about America's future. A new poll from Gallup serves up some sobering data regarding how young Americans feel about their country. Gallup asked the question, "Do you think the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest ...

Esmond solving Esmond challenge as a community

Editorials

Early last spring, the Esmond community found itself faced with a challenge. After four decades of ambulance service, because of inadequate numbers of Emergency Medical Technicians and inability they were unable to keep someone on call at all times. The community had not been able to retain its ...

Higher Ed: More boards, fewer students

Community Columnists

After 11 months of study, the 15-member task force on higher education proposed the addition of two new boards to the present system. At the same time, NDSU Economics Professor Beth Ingrim is pointing to the oncoming drought of high school graduates. In an article circulating in North Dakota ...