Editorials

MARC vote: Look for the pony

A former publisher of The Minot Daily News is remembered by some in the newsroom for his penchant for searching out the positive in an apparent overwhelmingly negative outcome.Jim Eykyn often used the analogy of walking into a barn filled with manure. "I know there is a pony somewhere in that ...

‘Little Boy’: A classic modern film

There are classic films, like the ones on TCM and AMC, and there are modern films. There are few modern classics. "Little Boy," in theaters April 24, could be a modern classic.The film is set in a Southern California town during World War II. A couple's oldest son, London Busbee (David Henrie), ...

Don’t seize the raisins

WASHINGTON - In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate ...

A U.S.-Russia war over Ukraine?

"Could a U.S. response to Russia's action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?"This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover article of The National Interest.The answer the authors give, in "Countdown to War: The Coming U.S. ...

Many hands make light work

Another opportunity to help spruce up Minot has been planned, this one beginning today at the Ward County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum.Sue Bergan, site director, said the work will begin at 10 a.m. and continue to 5 p.m. each day this week through Saturday. The museum is located ...

Freedom of and from religion

Religious oppression was one reason many of our ancestors came to America. They wanted to escape rulers who demanded that everyone worship their way. In Ireland, Catholics couldn't vote or own a gun.I assumed that because many of America's founders came here to escape such repression, they were ...

Obama: Cuban Information Minister?

Two relatively recent photos of Barack Obama with foreign leaders reveal much about his deep-dyed leftism. The first features President Obama and democratically elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of one of America's most loyal friends. Obama looks strained. His face is stiff, and ...

Can the president kill Americans?

Can the president kill you? The short answer is: Yes, but not legally. Yet, President Obama has established a secret process that involves officials from the Departments of Justice and Defense, the CIA, and the White House senior staff whereby candidates are proposed for execution, and the ...

Thank a firefighter

After two years of wet and cool weather, many North Dakotans may have forgotten what a wildfire looks like.But things have certainly changed. For much of the last two weeks, the entire state has been under a declared emergency due to extreme fire danger.Fires have popped up throughout the ...

Fire: A deadly monster

With wildfire season officially underway in North Dakota, it brings back a lot of memories.As a reporter and an editor in Arizona and Texas, I lived and worked in several communities dealing with drought and extremely dangerous fire conditions.My first memory of dealing with a wildfire came in ...

Often there’s no sensible middle

Some time ago, I heard a power company executive arguing that humans have played no role in global warming. Actually, he went further, "demonstrating" that global warming isn't even happening. (This is often done by cherry-picking dates to start with an unusually warm year.) He ended by ...

Obama coalition isn’t a coupon that Hillary can redeem for votes

In news only slightly more surprising than this morning's sunrise, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she is running for president again.The announcement came in the form of a clever video in which Clinton says she wants to be a champion for "everyday Americans" - an obviously focus-grouped term ...

Kudos to Prairie Warrior Auction

Congratulations are in order for those responsible for pulling off this year's Prairie Warrior Auction.The 29th annual auction, sponsored by the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, raised $32,000 this year for activities at Minot Air Force Base.Auction chairwoman Betty ...

Many ways to feel the ‘burn’

Like many other North Dakotans, you may be feeling the "burn" from just having paid your taxes. The federal income tax collection in ND for 2013 was $9,110.90 per capita! With roughly 723,857 people living in North Dakota, that is over $6 billion leaving the state last year. There is a way that ...

Stop this fiscal insanity

Within a decade, the U.S. national debt, now $18.2 trillion, will soar to $27 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office predicts. Paying the interest alone on that will cost American taxpayers $722 billion a year.Far from curbing deficit spending that builds the debt, Congress and President ...

Hillary’s campaign: already media-assisted

It is fair to say that Hillary Clinton is as liberal as Ted Cruz is conservative. This will explain why our so-called "objective" media are already treating Hillary as the Third Coming (Obama was No. 2) while Cruz merits hide-your-children alarms.Just the adjectives give it away. Hillary's ...

Ring in the olde?

WASHINGTON - Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present - or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke - we ...

Following the Obama Doctrine

At the Summit of the Americas where he met with Raul Castro, the 83-year-old younger brother of Fidel, President Obama provided an insight into where he is taking us, and why:"The United States will not be imprisoned by the past - we're looking to the future. I'm not interested in having ...

The VA bureaucracy can’t win

True public servants are frowned upon by some in the federal bureaucracy. Anyone daring to rock the boat by going public with evidence of malfeasance risks retaliation.Regardless of laws intended to protect whistleblowers, it takes a good deal of courage to be one. Government employees are all ...

Transparency has become the magic word

Transparency has become such a prominent part of our vocabulary lately that it reminds me of the old Groucho Marx TV show when a contestant saying the magic word was awarded a $100 bill.In the recent Publishers' Quarterly, the publication of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, several ...