Editorials

Lower fares no substitute for paying higher wages

The idea of helping low-income people by subsidizing their fares on public transportation sounds noble. It truly does. But as a means of confronting the national problem of meager paychecks, it's rather misdirected.All eyes are now on Seattle, which has started offering discount fares to riders ...

Email scandal won’t doom Hillary, but supporters should feel uneasy

Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie "Aliens," to truly destroy the Clinton Industrial Complex, you'd have to nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.Given that alone, I doubt that the unfolding controversy over Hillary's ...

Why Rubio is strongest possible nominee

It has become conventional wisdom that Republicans are blessed with a talented crowd of potential candidates this cycle. Fine. But here's my case for why only one of them is likely to win the general election.Forget the triumphalism that followed 2014. It will do the GOP exactly as much good in ...

Lots better than driving in circles

Downtown might not look very inviting right now but it is on its way back. History tells us that as do the many merchants working hard every day to promote the city's first business district.There has been a lot made of the large holes downtown where parking ramps are to be built, and a lot of ...

Random thoughts on the passing scene

When President Obama keeps talking about "violent extremists" in the abstract, you might wonder whether Presbyterians are running amok.The mainstream media seem desperate to try to find something to undermine Republican governor Scott Walker's rise in the polls. The worst they have come up with ...

Raping culture

A new documentary calls colleges like Harvard and Notre Dame "The Hunting Ground," where rapists prey on women. A bipartisan group of senators demand new rules to "curb campus sexual assaults."Apparently, new laws are needed because at colleges, sexual assault is "epidemic." Rape is so common ...

A lone wolf president in action

Can the president rewrite federal laws? Can he alter their meaning? Can he change their effect? These are legitimate questions in an era in which we have an unpopular progressive Democratic president who has boasted that he can govern without Congress by using his phone and his pen, and a ...

Setting the record straight

Sometimes we all make mistakes, and a few weeks ago we at The Minot Daily News made a mistake when we criticized the "Surge" bill that was passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor.At the time, we said $100 million was going to cities in the oil patch with $172 million going to ...

The stupidest thing ever

Today, Sunday, March 8, North Dakota will join most of the country in one of the dumbest traditions America participates in each year.If you haven't already done it, take note that Daylight Saving Time kicks off today, and you must move all your clocks ahead one hour.If you haven't figured it ...

Bibi at the barricade

The White House opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to Congress, but not because the speech has political implications, coming as it does just two weeks before Israel's March 17 election. If the administration truly had political concerns it would not have dispatched a ...

Stopping the IRS

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, and hence of Lois Lerner's legacy. He knows how interesting her career was before she, as head of the IRS exempt-organizations division, ...

Questioning Benghazi appropriate

Liberal critics of a continuing investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, claim Republicans are keeping the probe alive solely for political reasons. There is nothing more to learn about the attack and its aftermath, claim Democrat ...

Family caregivers need support, not another study

There's a group of unsung heroes that fan out every day across North Dakota. In cities big and small, they do things like give baths and help prepare meals. They dispense medicine and provide transportation to the grocery store and doctor's appointments. They are family caregivers.Nearly ...

The GOP: A tragedy in 52 acts

WASHINGTON - I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing.This week marked Episode 2, Season 2 in the series "Homeland Security Face-Off." Subtitle: "How Republicans Forfeit the ...

Best of times or worst of times?

Last week, John Kerry seemed to be auditioning for the role of Dr. Pangloss.Despite jihadi violence across the Middle East and ISIS terror in Iraq and Syria, Kerry told Congress, we live in "a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally - less deaths, less ...

Another curious reaction

Reaction by President Barack Obama and some other liberals to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warning about Iran's weapons buildup was curious, to say the least.In a speech Tuesday to a joint session of Congress, Netanyahu warned negotiations aimed at preventing Iran from building ...

Energy, jobs, economic growth and energy security

This week, the Washington Post Fact Checker awarded President Obama its maximum of four Pinocchios for claiming in an interview with Fargo's WDAY television that the Keystone XL pipeline "is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf" and that "it bypasses the United States."The Post Fact ...

It’s prime time for Scott Walker, whether he’s ready or not

Any chef will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great meal. Less discussed but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has nearly all of the right ingredients to win the GOP nomination. He is popular among both ...

A case study in media-manufactured racism

Political correctness is a pathological disorder.You can't say "niggardly" or "black holes" or "chink in the armor" without provoking protests or risking your job. You can't invoke the Constitution or call illegal behavior "illegal" without being accused of hatred. And now, you can't goof ...

A ‘bad’ thing that’s a good thing

President Barack Obama has made it clear he is less interested in Americans doing things better than in doing them his way. That needs to stop, especially in regard to public schools.Tens of billions of taxpayer dollars have been handed out by the Obama administration to help favored causes, ...