Editorials

The next bubble

They're doing it again!When the last housing bubble burst, politicians blamed "greedy banks." They said mortgage companies lent money recklessly, making loans to people with dubious credit, for down payments as low as 3 percent."It will work out," said the optimistic bankers. Regulators didn't ...

Indiana and the Constitution

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 is constitutionally infirm and legally troublesome.The circuitous constitutional route that brought about this statute began in 1990 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment may not be used as a ...

What took so long?

As Ward County moves forward with construction on its courthouse addition, growing costs have several county commissioners voicing concerns.Our view - what took so long?For more than a year, the public has been told cost overrides on the building were completely due to higher-than-expected ...

An opinion swayed

In less than three weeks, voters will head to the polls to decide whether to approve a one-cent sales tax for the Minot Park District. The tax would replace the property tax and allow the park district to build a massive indoor rec center for the community.While most voters in Minot will be ...

Mayor’s update on Minot

The snow is melting, the birds are returning, and winter is coming to an end. As we look forward to the warmth of summer, we can also look forward to many projects that will be starting and continuing in the City of Minot. I'd like to take this opportunity to update you on those projects, and ...

Stand up for Indiana!

In what has been called the "Catholic moment" in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to "live the faith" and "set an example" for others.Public lives were to reflect moral beliefs. Christians were to avoid those "living in sin." Christians who operated ...

The whitewashing of Ted Kennedy

Imagine an eighth grader, presented with a portrayal of Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late patriarch of the "royal family" of American politics. The student would learn nothing but legends about "the greatest senator of all time," as Sen. Ed Markey proclaimed.On the occasion of the opening of an ...

Alarms, agendas, no science

Climate change has been blamed by some for all sorts of evils, including Islamic terrorists. Indeed, it sometimes is possible to link human behavior to weather conditions - but alarmists have taken to claiming any undesirable weather is a result of global warming.Sometimes, they even invent ...

How do ‘religious freedom’ acts encourage discrimination?

"I could have handled that better."I don't know if the captain of the Titanic ever said that. But Mike Pence did on Tuesday.The Indiana governor has managed to step on an impressive number of parts of his own anatomy recently and in the process gravely injured what was already a long-shot ...

The rough math facing Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 ...

Victim shock troops

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. - George WashingtonUntil almost literally the day before yesterday, it was universally acknowledged that religious faith and expression were bedrock American freedoms - ...

Furthering the goals of Iran

Iran poses a greater threat to Americans than do Islamic State terrorists, some analysts believe. They point out that while the IS murderers certainly are vicious, they lack the medium-range missiles in Tehran's arsenal - and the nuclear weapons Iran seems on the threshold of developing.Yet ...

In defense of Indiana

Indiana is experiencing its two minutes of hate.It is doubtful that since its admittance into the union in 1816, the heretofore inoffensive Midwestern state has ever been showered with so much elite obloquy.Indiana's sin is that its Legislature passed and Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a ...

Freedom is a two-way street

WASHINGTON - Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.The law in question is a version of the 1993 federal Religious ...

The green-card racket for beltway cronies

Can we stop putting America up for sale to the most politically connected bidders yet? Where is our self-respect?Since 2001, I've warned about the systemic and bipartisan corruption of America's EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security's ...

Preserve national parks

When Americans want to impress foreign guests, we sometimes take them to national parks. It often works; people from abroad frequently are awed by the natural beauty and historic significance of our many parks - and impressed that we as a people have preserved them.But often, we seem more ...

Volatility of oil, agriculture test biennial system

Policymaking in Bismarck just became more "iffy" with the news that the country is producing and importing 1 million more barrels of oil daily than it is consuming. Available storage is rapidly disappearing.According to Ed Moss, head of commodities research at Citibank, this growing oil glut ...

Privacy vs. security: How the debate changes

The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home. But Germany's strict medical privacy laws barred the doctors from conveying that judgment to the airline.A horrific event that could have been averted with a ...

Self-enforcing discrimination

Black politicians, civil rights organizations and others who say they are concerned with the welfare of poor black people often support harmful measures. One of the most effective tools for disadvantaged people is to be able to charge a lower price for what they sell and pay a higher price for ...

Sacrifices far from in vain

Too often, American service men and women make great sacrifices for seemingly unappreciative people in foreign countries. And too many of our tax dollars are spent defending countries that rely on the United States rather than their own resources.And regularly, Americans - both those who go ...