Editorials

Martin O’Malley’s modern-day know-nothingness

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O'Malley thinks the best way to reach out to ...

Obama’s Republican collaborators

The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel, and President Obama's illicit seizures of Congressional power must end.That was then. Now is now.This week, Congress takes up legislation to cede His Majesty full authority to negotiate the ...

Making the worst of a bad situation

Federal deficit spending is up only "slightly" from last year's levels, according to a report this week.During the first six months of the fiscal year, deficit spending was $26.2 billion higher than for the same period last year, the government reported. No one seemed alarmed. In the context of ...

Port’s column more opinion than fact

Journalists are different from bloggers. Journalists gather and report facts so that we can form educated opinions about issues important to us. Bloggers editorialize with opinion, and the recent column by "Say Anything" blogger Rob Port reprinted in The Minot Daily News is just that. It is ...

Becoming a nation of political spectators

The American electorate is gradually becoming a nation of political spectators, pushed side by the vast fortunes and ambitions of a new breed of political activists.We don't know if successful billionaires are bored with success or they have a yen to extend their control beyond economics but, ...

SleazeBob Menendez’s 36DD Visa program

America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors, B-2 for tourists, EB-5 for investors, F-1 for students, and so on. All are overwhelmed, loosely monitored and riddled with fraud and corruption. According to the recently unsealed federal ...

Punish those who distort law

Fairness and impartiality are at the foundation of the American concept of justice. It has been eroded to an alarming extent.Officials admitted last week that for more than 20 years before 2000, most FBI laboratory hair analysts slanted court testimony in trials to help prosecutors. Of the 28 ...

Fighting for a better postal service

I grew up in the small town of Mantador, where my mother was a school cook and my father was a seasonal construction worker and volunteer fire chief. This story is similar to so many other North Dakotans who live in rural areas, running small businesses, working at the local high school or ...

About time to fix the oil tax

On the 70th day of the state's 80-day legislative session, Republican leaders in the House and Senate have proposed a major reform to oil tax policy. Already it is being met anger from partisan Democrats hoping to inflame the public's hatred for "big oil," but it's time to cut through that ...

2016: The woman trap

WASHINGTON - Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.Already, women I know report that they're feeling the heat from their more-liberal friends. Not a Democrat for ...

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 ...