Editorials

What’s fair?

Donald Trump's kids and Paris Hilton's siblings were born rich. That gave them a big advantage in life. Unfair!Inequality in wealth has grown. Today the richest 1 percent of Americans own a third of the assets. That's not fair!But wherever people are free, that's what happens.Some people are ...

Obama and the Clinton emails

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former first lady, U.S. senator from New York and secretary of state, used a private email server for all of her emails when she was President Obama's secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.During that time, she enjoyed a security clearance identical to that of the ...

The real challenge starts now

After months of confusion, turmoil and frustration, finally some good news.Minot City Manager Lee Staab announced Wednesday that construction on two downtown parking ramps would resume in the coming weeks and would be complete by the end of October.That is good news for downtown residents, ...

Passing on marijuana

As America changes, things that were once taboo, illegal or frowned upon are slowly becoming accepted as normal.Gay marriage is just an example. A decade ago, many states, North Dakota included, passed legislation or constitutional amendments stating marriage was between a man and a woman. Most ...

Carefully scripted Hillary knocked out of comfort zone

In the wake of Hillary Rodham Clinton's fairly disastrous press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, there's only one conclusion shared by all parties: This was not how it was supposed to go.This was supposed to be the month Clinton led with her chief selling point: her gender. She had ...

Does Iran really want a bomb?

America, we have a problem.In the blood-soaked chaotic Middle East, with few exceptions like the Kurds, our friends either can't or won't fight.The Free Syrian Army folded. The U.S.-armed Hazm force in Syria has just collapsed after being routed by the al-Nusra Front. The Iraqi army we trained ...

Volunteers can help to clean zoo

Minot residents are being offered an opportunity to perform some worthwhile community service, but it's not the kind ordered by a judge.Minot's Roosevelt Park Zoo has put out a call for volunteers to help spruce up the zoo grounds before the May 2 opening.It sounds like work, sounds like fun ...

Hollywood targets the Catholic priest

TV and movie producers rarely focus on Catholic priests in their plots, let alone use them as central characters, as in "The Father Dowling Mysteries" or "Father Murphy" in the 1980s. Maybe that's a good thing, because when Catholic priests are part of the plot these days, there is an ...

Tom Cotton’s truth bomb

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton hasn't been frog-marched from the Russell Senate Office Building - yet.To believe the Arkansan's harshest critics, that's only because felonious traitors don't get the punishment they deserve.Cotton wrote an open letter to the leaders of Iran pointing out true and ...

Irrefutable ‘facts’ about global warming

"But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact," said President Barack Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address. Saying the debate is settled is nonsense, but the president is right about climate change. GlobalChange.gov gives the definition of climate change: "Changes in average ...

Homework being done

Without a doubt, Minot is in a state of flux and has been since before the flood of 2011.We all know that flooded neighborhoods still have a long way to go on their comeback trail with a lot of individual hard work being the driving force.City streets - well, they just seem to keep taking a ...

The ‘disparate impact’ racket

The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about "the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson" ought to be read by every American.It says in plain English ...

Selma plus 50

I liked the movie "Selma," though it could have done without the rap song during credits that referenced "hands up, don't shoot," a slogan that emerged from the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose actions the Justice Department recently determined did not ...

Obamacare’s 1095-A nightmare

Tax season is stressful enough. But if you are like countless miserable Americans trapped in the Obamacare 1095-A abyss, it's hell on stilts on a Segway teetering over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.The screw-ups, incompetence and bureaucratic blame avoidance over the health insurance ...

Evil by any other name

In what counts - displays of pure evil - there is no difference between Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Libya and their cousins with Boko Haram in Nigeria. Both organizations should be eradicated.During the weekend, Boko Haram announced it is affiliated with the IS. That is ...

It’s all a clever trap, Senator Heitkamp

Dear Senator Heidi:As you know, I never meddle in your political plans. However, I have always felt responsible for the well-being of my former students from Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers to the Pomeroy boys to the Heitkamps.The time has come, however, to warn you about the clever trap ...

‘Just look at him’

WASHINGTON - "At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act. As in:So, yeah, maybe President Obama wasn't telling the complete truth about keeping your doctor, but at least nobody died.Or: Oh, sure, we said mean things about her, but she can take it. ...

Obama needs GOP for TPP

WASHINGTON - Michael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved. In trade negotiations, even one's own country is troublesome, ...

Bishop Ryan breathing rarified air

Excellence. Teamwork. Dedication. Perfection.Over the last three years, those words have described the Bishop Ryan girls basketball team. On Saturday, the Lions set a standard few have ever reached, winning their third straight Class B basketball championship. During that streak, the Bishop ...

Irish eyes — not always smiling

There was a lot more drinking in Washington, D.C., before May 15, 1978. That was the date, as of this writing, I had my last drink. This may help explain why I, as an Irish-American, so dread March 17 and St. Patrick's Day, which has regularly been turned into an excuse for officially ...