Editorials

War authorization’s difficult debate

WASHINGTON - Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate ...

Acting now to stem drug flow

Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., has hit the ground running with an initiative that could save lives throughout the United States.Just weeks after ending a distinguished career in the House of Representatives, freshman Sen. Capito is tackling an important - and very tough - issue.Capito wants to ...

Free college would be cheaper than welfare

Eyebrows were raised in political and education circles last year when Republican Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee announced that his state was going to provide students with free community college.Unfortunately, President Barack Obama said it was a great idea. That automatically activated a ...

The Joneses win: the why of weak consumer spending

A new report on consumer spending shows that consumers are not spending. Economists thought that the savings from cheaper gasoline - hundreds of dollars a year for most - would be hauled to the stores. But non-gasoline retail spending didn't budge last month, flat after falling a bit in ...

Must Putin paranoia prevail?

Hopefully, the shaky truce between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, brokered in Minsk by Angela Merkel, will hold.For nothing good, but much evil, could come of broadening and lengthening this war that has cost the lives of 5,400 Ukrainians.The longer it goes on, the greater the ...

Examining the House’s ‘priorities’

In less than two weeks, the North Dakota Legislature will be halfway done with its work.By state law, the House and Senate must make decisions on legislation that began in each chamber so the proposed laws can be sent to the other chamber for consideration. So for those hoping for assistance ...

It’s time to fix the loophole

North Dakota State University was formed as a land grant institution under the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1890. That legislation granted 30,000 acres of federal land to each state allowing them to use it, or the proceeds from its sale, to establish educational institutions.The purpose of those ...

Olympian pose of Vox Obama

The world will little note, nor long remember, the interview the liberal "explanatory" news site Vox conducted with President Barack Obama.It was notable only for how perfectly it matched man and the medium. The president has had plenty of worshipful media coverage, certainly back when "hope ...

The ultimate enemy of ISIS

The president's request for the authorization to use military force against the Islamic State has landed in a Congress as divided as the country.That division was mirrored in the disparate receptions Obama's resolution received from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.To the Times, ...

A more taxing time than ever

Millions of Americans already have learned that?Obamacare is hazardous to their financial health. Now, as federal income tax returns are being prepared, as many as 4 million more may find the law taking a bite out of their bank accounts.But the process of enforcing onerous provisions of the law ...

Ridiculous Williams suspension

Brian Williams' six-month suspension has fallen flat. His critics aren't mollified. His supporters are clearly dispirited. Everyone knows this one is not over - though his tenure at NBC may very well be done.The suspension isn't going to work for the same reason his apology went nowhere. It ...

Conservatives face bad-faith question of faith

At an event in London on trade policy, Scott Walker was asked about evolution. "It's almost a tradition now," the moderator said, to ask "senior Republicans" if they are "comfortable with the idea of evolution.""I'm going to punt on that one as well," the Wisconsin governor replied. "That's a ...

Attention: Government dependency kills jobs

Being a San Francisco liberal means never having to say you're sorry. Or wrong. Take Nancy Pelosi, please.Five years ago, California's genius Bay Area Democrat declared that government unemployment checks generate job growth. Yes, really. "Let me say about unemployment insurance," she told ...

Milestones to celebrate in Minot

Ten individuals have been nominated for induction into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame this year.The N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame board of directors screened the nominations at its Jan. 24 meeting and will submit the names to the organization's trustees for the final vote.The Hall of Fame will ...

Spontaneous order

Most of life happens without a central planner. Yet people think we need one.Suppose you'd never seen a skating rink, and I told you that I want to lay down some ice and charge people money to strap sharp blades on their feet. They will zip around on the ice - young and old, skilled and ...

The Pence paradox

WASHINGTON - Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum. Sitting recently 24 blocks from Capitol Hill, where he served six terms as a congressman, and eight blocks from the White House, which some Republicans hope he craves, Pence, now in ...

Now just a worthless piece of paper

President George W. Bush was fond of saying that "9/11 changed everything." He used that one-liner often as a purported moral basis to justify the radical restructuring of federal law and the federal assault on personal liberties over which he presided. He cast aside his oath to preserve, ...

Vote ‘yes’ on jail expansion

In less than two weeks voters will head to the polls a second time to decide whether to allow the county to issue bonds to expand the Ward County Jail.Let's get right to the point - we desperately need to expand the jail, and it needs to be done now.For that reason, we are urging a yes vote on ...

Property tax proposal is worth studying

Minot State Rep. Scott Louser introduced a bill into the Legislature that has not gotten a lot of attention but could ultimately be the most important bill in front of the state lawmakers.House Continuing Resolution 321 asked the Legislature to do a detailed study to determine if the state ...

Practice cancer prevention each and every day

What do you do to prevent cancer? February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and a great time to make or renew your commitment to put your health first. Take time to visit your health care professional and discuss your family and personal health history and which cancer screenings are right ...