Editorials

The rough math facing Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 ...

Victim shock troops

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. - George WashingtonUntil almost literally the day before yesterday, it was universally acknowledged that religious faith and expression were bedrock American freedoms - ...

Furthering the goals of Iran

Iran poses a greater threat to Americans than do Islamic State terrorists, some analysts believe. They point out that while the IS murderers certainly are vicious, they lack the medium-range missiles in Tehran's arsenal - and the nuclear weapons Iran seems on the threshold of developing.Yet ...

In defense of Indiana

Indiana is experiencing its two minutes of hate.It is doubtful that since its admittance into the union in 1816, the heretofore inoffensive Midwestern state has ever been showered with so much elite obloquy.Indiana's sin is that its Legislature passed and Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a ...

Freedom is a two-way street

WASHINGTON - Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.The law in question is a version of the 1993 federal Religious ...

The green-card racket for beltway cronies

Can we stop putting America up for sale to the most politically connected bidders yet? Where is our self-respect?Since 2001, I've warned about the systemic and bipartisan corruption of America's EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security's ...

Preserve national parks

When Americans want to impress foreign guests, we sometimes take them to national parks. It often works; people from abroad frequently are awed by the natural beauty and historic significance of our many parks - and impressed that we as a people have preserved them.But often, we seem more ...

Volatility of oil, agriculture test biennial system

Policymaking in Bismarck just became more "iffy" with the news that the country is producing and importing 1 million more barrels of oil daily than it is consuming. Available storage is rapidly disappearing.According to Ed Moss, head of commodities research at Citibank, this growing oil glut ...

Privacy vs. security: How the debate changes

The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home. But Germany's strict medical privacy laws barred the doctors from conveying that judgment to the airline.A horrific event that could have been averted with a ...

Self-enforcing discrimination

Black politicians, civil rights organizations and others who say they are concerned with the welfare of poor black people often support harmful measures. One of the most effective tools for disadvantaged people is to be able to charge a lower price for what they sell and pay a higher price for ...

Sacrifices far from in vain

Too often, American service men and women make great sacrifices for seemingly unappreciative people in foreign countries. And too many of our tax dollars are spent defending countries that rely on the United States rather than their own resources.And regularly, Americans - both those who go ...

A rush to a serious mistake

The Minot Park District wants to build a gigantic $88 million recreation facility. These facilities have become something of a fad among communities in the state - Bismarck, Grand Forks and Williston all have one - and it seems Minot's leaders want to keep up with the Joneses.And they're in a ...

A leap of faith — into thin air

WASHINGTON - The apparently intentional downing of a Germanwings airliner by the co-pilot has us riveted, as commercial plane crashes usually do.In each terrible instance, we put ourselves in the cabin, imagining what our last thoughts or actions would be. Would we close our eyes and pray? ...

The enemy of my enemy

The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive.Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in ...

Why was Yemen such a failure?

In January, President Barack Obama referred to U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in Yemen as a "model" for avoiding massive deployments of American troops.This week, U.S. personnel were being evacuated from Yemen. The country had become too dangerous because of an Iranian-backed insurgency involving ...

A salute to great women

Last Thursday was a special day for some special women of the Minot area.The 22nd annual Women of Distinction awards were presented to a slate of women who have made extraordinary contributions to the community.As in past years, awards were given to women engaged in business, volunteerism and ...

Monica Lewinsky lectures America

TED Talks are a hot liberal video series. The 20-minute talks, usually taped in Vancouver, have become such a viral force on the Internet that NPR now has a weekly "TED Radio Hour."TED's mission statement proclaims a passionate belief in "the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ...

Gentrify!

No matter what you do, modern liberals will tell you you're wrong.For decades, liberals complained that American society is segregated because rich, white people don't want to live in ethnically mixed neighborhoods. Sometimes, liberals had a point.From the 1930s to 1960s, as rich white people ...

Amendment by consent

Here is a short pop quiz.When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress earlier this month about the parameters of the secret negotiations between the United States and Iran over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions, how did he know what the negotiators were considering? ...

Drop-out from the electoral college

In the cliffhanger presidential election of 1976, when Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford, the Republican president, the margin of victory in 20 states (totaling 299 electoral votes) - including California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Hawaii - was less than 5 percent of ...