Community Columnists

Measure 1 should be challenged in court immediately

Measure 1, approved by 54 percent of North Dakota voters this last week, is a clear example of the deep flaws in legislating at the ballot box. I don’t blame busy voters, inundated with messaging from a myriad of campaigns, for approving the measure. Most of them probably heard little about ...

5 best ideas for fighting voter ignorance

Listed herewith are the five winning suggestions for fighting voter ignorance. The entrants will receive certificates of outstanding civic merit. Unfortunately, the legislature abolished the cash award as a budget-balancing move. Dear Editor: So you want help in solving the voter ignorenc ...

Vigilance may be too high a price

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” and “those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” Those who tasted the bitterness of the Revolutionary War and the challenges of saving a democratic republic said it well. But it is the words ...

Heitkamp drags North Dakota through the mud to the finish line

A dangerous place to be is between U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and the object of her relentless, overweening ambition. Those of us who have been victims of the incumbent’s ruthless tactics are perhaps more aware of it than most. Earlier this year, when it became clear my criticism was ...

Sauce for the goose but not the gander

You can’t trust the voters The state Legislature has been so meticulous at defending the polling place that it has now come up with a system that will disenfranchise a couple of hundred Native Americans because reservations do not have complete street addresses. Legislators claim that ...

Adjourning the Court on Brett Kavanaugh

The judicial branch of the federal government “will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution,” Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist Paper 78. “The judiciary,” he continued, “has no influence over the sword or the purse” and “is beyond ...

Talking Trinity: A new healthcare campus and medical district

alking Trinty is a occasionally recurring address directly to readers from Trinity Health, as part of an agreement in which Minot Daily News is the exclusive conduit of this Trinity news and information – straight from the source. Introduction The current healthcare environment demands ...

Poor Lloyd’s poor original almanac

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, ...

The fight over Kavanaugh is tanking Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign

By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won’t hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The ...

The fight over Kavanaugh is tanking Heidi Heitkamp’s campaign

By the time you read this the U.S. Senate may very well have voted on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or maybe not. Writing before my deadline I won’t hazard a guess on an outcome from this partisan inquisition. There is one conclusion we can reach, however. The ...

Community Economic Development Initiative stalls

"Order! Order!” bellowed Chairperson Ork Dorken as he opened a special meeting of the Homeland Security Committee in the historic ZCBJ community hall. The town’s 12 electors were giddy with expectation, looking forward to three major economic development reports. Old Sievert was sitting ...

Don’t take my word for it, ACLU says Measure 1 is an affront to free speech

Last month I wrote in this column that Measure 1, the so-called “anti-corruption” amendment put on the November ballot thanks to professional petitioners paid mostly by a group of Hollywood celebrities, was an affront to the First Amendment. The left-wing supporters of the measure scoffed ...

Good reasons to vote ‘no’ on marijuana measure

As though North Dakota doesn’t have a large enough choice of mind-altering addictions, Measure No. 3 on the general election ballot will ask the voters to approve unfettered use of marijuana for general consumption. This “recreational” drug is used to intentionally change the user’s ...

Measure One to fight corruption

With the goal of protecting North Dakota governments from corruption, Measure No.1 has been placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot as a constitutional amendment. Initiated by a citizen’s committee, the proposal covers campaign finances, transparency, lobbying, and conflicts of ...

ND’s Senate race far from over

Conventional wisdom says that Kevin Cramer leads Heidi Heitkamp in the U.S. Senate race in North Dakota. That might be right, based on the fundamentals, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to win. The U.S. Senate campaign in North Dakota is far from over. The fundamentals are against ...

Trump’s next visit to North Dakota should be to Indian country

"What have you got to lose?” That was President Donald Trump’s entreaty to North Dakota’s Native American voters during a recent visit to Fargo in support of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s campaign to unseat incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp. It’s an echo of a similar argument Trump ...