Community Columnists

North Dakota cities are using un-American policies to regulate property owners

"No taxation without representation.” That slogan was a rallying cry of the American revolutionaries who had tired of complying with the taxes and regulations of the British parliament while having no representation in that legislative body. The sentiment ultimately found its way into the ...

We are regulating young families out of our state

Generations of politicians in North Dakota have struggled to address a consistent problem facing our state. How do we get our young people to stay here? How do we get young people to move here to alleviate our chronic workforce shortages? Short of playing host to an oil boom, which did ...

The sneak attack on the Electoral College

For the fifth time in 58 presidential elections, the candidate with the most popular votes lost in the Electoral College. In 2016, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton even though Clinton led in the popular vote by 2.9 million. Other victims of the Electoral College include Andrew Jackson in ...

Bold change needed for higher education governance

When North Dakotans voted 80 years ago to create a single board to govern the state’s public colleges and universities, the world was still being introduced to the ballpoint pen. Oil had recently been discovered in Saudi Arabia. Non-stick Teflon had just been invented. And Superman made his ...

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 ...