Editorials

Don’t cut flood control

In good times, it has been easy for the state of North Dakota to be a hero.Need $40 million for a new medical center, you got it. Need another $100 million for roads, you betcha. A few million here and a few million there have been no problem over the last four years or so because the state has ...

Give seniors a break

Last Sunday, The Minot Daily News reported on efforts by two Minot state representatives to change the Homestead Tax Credit to give senior citizens a break on property taxes.Republicans Matt Klein and Andrew Maragos have introduced separate bills at the Legislature to benefit seniors. Klein's ...

The mushrooming welfare state

WASHINGTON - America's national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider ...

The ‘NAACP Bombing’ … or The Barbershop Bang?

COLORADO SPRINGS - From the liberal media's coverage of my beautiful adopted hometown, you'd think we live in a KKK-infested hotbed where every person of color fears for his or her life.Take a look at these ominous headlines:"Bombing of NAACP headquarters harkens to bad old days" - ...

Scammers need to be shut down

Internet hackers who play games with governments and big corporations for cheap thrills and self-congratulation are not the only scumbags lurking out there and teching up their game continually.It was particularly disgusting to hear about a telephone scam being used in the Stanley just this ...

Google Glass joins the Failure Hall of Fame

Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special ...

Winston Churchill: A man for all times

LONDON - It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with more than nostalgia, it is both.The times in Churchill's case were both World War I, in which he ...

Who will keep our freedoms safe?

While the Western world was watching and grieving over the slaughter in Paris last week, and my colleagues in the media were fomenting a meaningless debate about whether President Obama should have gone to Paris to participate in a televised parade, the feds took advantage of that diversion to ...

Høstfest off to a good start

Next fall's Norsk Hstfest is off to a good start.Hstfest announced its main stage concert lineup earlier this week and it looks to be a good one with a lot of Hstfest favorites returning.Not everyone will be pleased, naturally, but organizers have shown that they are attempting to keep the ...

The return of the war hero

Clint Eastwood's new movie, "American Sniper," marks the return of the American war hero.Heroism on the battlefield had never gone away, of course, far from it (witness the Medal of Honors awarded for acts of extraordinary valor in Iraq and Afghanistan). But the classic war hero is more than ...

Outnumbered by Muslims, Jews suffer under mob rule

In the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home.I don't particularly like that advice. I think it would be a tragedy if centuries of Jewish French culture had to die out because Jews were chased out by ...

When the pope talks …

WASHINGTON - Forget E.F. Hutton. It's P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.And then they get busy trying to figure out what he was really saying. Even non-Catholics are keen to study his words, so surprised and delighted are they to hear a pope say things that ...

Promised land journey continues

During the past year it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Specifically, allegations that some law enforcement officers and agencies treat African-Americans differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for ...

Stop making excuses for nonvoting millennials

The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it's been devastating.So why did so few millennials, the huge cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, vote last November? Only 21 percent bothered.Let's dispense with ...

Early presidential prospects

With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign.Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is honing her message to appeal to the mindset of the left wing of her party, whose support she will ...

To die for Charlie Hebdo?

"I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."That maxim of Voltaire was among those most invoked by the marching millions in Sunday's mammoth "Je Suis Charlie" rally in Paris.This week, in the spirit of Voltaire, French authorities arrested ...

Not good to profit off seniors

Two Minot legislators are taking a gutsy and needed look at property taxes in North Dakota.As anyone who owns property in the western part of the state is quite aware, rising property values have led to major increases in property taxes even as the tax rate has fallen. For those benefiting from ...

Common Core debate resurrects unfounded fears

Common Core, an effort to upgrade standards in key fields of study, has rallied a cadre of opponents who see the tentacles of the federal government reaching into school districts and destroying local control. The boogey word is "takeover." It's as old as the U. S. Constitution.Even though ...

Mitt’s third run would be no charm

WASHINGTON - After his third loss, in 1908, as the Democratic presidential nominee, William Jennings Bryan enjoyed telling the story of the drunk who three times tried to enter a private club. After being tossed out into the street a third time, the drunk said: "They can't fool me. Those ...

Attack of the open-borders mau-mau-ers

I stand with the Santa Barbara News-Press. How about you?The newspaper is under fire for refusing to kowtow to left-wing word police and militant propagandists who demand unfettered illegal immigration. Last week, in the wake of angry protests against the publication, vandals threw paint bombs ...