Editorials

Orders before constituents

President Barack Obama can provide no scientifically based specific reason for vetoing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline - but he has killed the measure anyway.It is not that Obama has not used the full power of the federal government in an attempt to justify his ...

Correcting the record

An incorrect statement left uncorrected leads often to deception, disillusion and dishonesty. Take this hypothetical: I've agreed to speak at a local event, and the emcee, in her introduction, says something like, "Mark Shields went to the University of Notre Dame, where he played basketball." ...

Two reading lessons from the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court frequently ponders arcane matters. But this week, however, in oral arguments concerning two cases, the justices' task will be to teach remedial reading to Congress and to Arizona.On Wednesday, the justices will consider this: Did Congress mean what it said when, ...

GOP platform: war without end

If the sadists of ISIS are seeking - with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians - to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding.Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull ...

Pot calls the kettle ‘black’

President Barack Obama blames Republicans for gridlock in government. They just won't compromise, he claims.Really? During just the past week Obama has vetoed the Keystone Pipeline bill, threatened to veto any GOP change in education laws and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

Kochs and unions

Lots of people sure hate the Koch brothers.The Kochs get death threats like this: "If I had a chance to murder a Koch brother in cold blood, I would surely take it."Jim Dean doesn't want to kill the Kochs, but he does want new laws to limit their influence. Dean's brother Howard was a ...

Questions the press doesn’t ask Democrats

Gov. Scott Walker has leapt to the top of polls in Iowa. As day follows night, he has moved to the center of the liberal press's crosshairs. This is the world we inhabit: When a Democrat is perceived as popular, the press discovers layers of humor and elan we never suspected. When a Republican ...

What if the government fears freedom?

What if the current massive spying on Americans began with an innocent secret executive order signed by President Reagan in 1986? What if Reagan contemplated that he was only authorizing American spies to spy on foreign spies unlawfully present in the U.S.?What if Reagan knew and respected the ...

It’s time to thank taxpayers

The voters in Ward County overwhelmingly supported expanding the county jail during the election last week.When all the votes were cast 82 percent of the voters approved of allowing the county to borrow more money to expand the jail and using a sales tax to pay for the bonds.We applaud the ...

Just the basics will do, we can wait on the ‘wants’

It's no secret to the readers of The Minot Daily News that I spent my first two years in North Dakota in Williston.As the editor of the Williston Herald, I lived through the madness of Boomtown USA. I saw firsthand the struggles local government officials had every day just trying to keep up ...

Hillary Clinton’s identity crisis

Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald's Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?"That was the opening question of a front-page Washington Post story on Clinton's effort to figure out her "brand." To that end, she has recruited a team of ...

The cancer of multiculturalism

President Barack Obama surprised many at the National Prayer Breakfast when he lectured us, "Lest we get on our high horse and think this (barbarity) is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." ...

Training to save lives

Imagine calling 911 to report a fire and nobody shows up to fight the fire.That's not likely to happen in North Dakota even though more than 95 percent of the state's firefighters are volunteers.But what if the firefighters who did respond didn't know how to fight the blaze or deal with the ...

Politicians for local control, except when they’re not

The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. They were tired of the noise, lights and fumes caused by the 277 gas wells, some placed right next to housing developments. A blowout in 2013 covered homes in clouds of benzene. Some had to be evacuated.One can ...

Obama criticism should be banned?

Some might insist Barack Obama is a lame duck, but our national media elite still think of him as a very graceful swan. When this man comes under criticism, journalists are incapable of any sense of objectivity, balance or fairness. The accuser must be forced to withdraw the criticism, or be ...

CNN, DHS and SPLC’s blame-righty hit job

The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism.Your tax dollars are once again hard at work - defaming conservatives, deflecting ...

Road trip is good for kids

It's good to see that Minot Public Schools still has enough money in the budget to send students on a good old-fashioned road trip now and then.Nothing beats seeing for yourself when it comes to learning, whether the subjects be animals in a zoo or legislators at work in the state Capitol.Last ...

Silly denials of Islamic terrorism bring a silver lining

"Could this argument be any dumber?"That's how I began a column over a month ago in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. My point was that by making it an ideological priority to deny the Islamic nature of Islamic terrorism, the White House was in fact encouraging people to talk more about ...

The education of Scott Walker

Scott Walker belongs to an embattled minority that happens to be most of the population.The root of this paradox is that Walker is an outlier among the political class in not having graduated from college, at the same time that a solid two-thirds of the country lacks a four-year degree.Such is ...

Administering the love litmus test

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one - Do you believe President Obama loves America? - makes birthers seem witty.The question arose after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told a private audience that he doesn't think Obama loves America. He further ...