Editorials

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 ...

Reality may be optional

One of the wonders of modern times is that reality is often seen as a social construct and therefore optional. Thus, if one finds a particular reality offensive or inconvenient, he just "changes" it.Say that one is born a male or a female but believes that nature made an error. Some believe ...

Gwyneth Paltrow’s poverty voyeurism

Gwynnie P is down with the struggle, comrades.She may make $19 million a year, own mansions in London, New York, Brentwood, Malibu and the Hamptons, charge $550 for her Goop.com "travel backgammon set," and fly by private jet, but she feels your pain.OK, it's not as painful as her last $5,200 ...

Criticism should be ongoing

Members of Congress should be very leery of a proposal that amounts to painting themselves into a corner on a nuclear arms deal with Iran.On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged critics of the agreement he and other U.S. negotiators are working out to keep their silence until wording of ...

Can Governor handle post-boom era?

Whether or not Governor Jack Dalrymple will run for another term in 2016 is a question on the mind of most political observers in the state. It made this observer think of the movies.Robert DuVall's character Tom Hagen from the Godfather trilogy, specifically.Hagen was adopted by the ...

Tsarnaev conviction puts death penalty opponents in an awkward spot

How about now?Are you in favor of the death penalty now?I ask because the preferred argument from opponents of the death penalty is doubt: We can never be sure; look at all of the people released from death row; we can't afford to risk ending a single innocent life.None of those arguments apply ...

The long retreat in the culture war

The Republican rout in the Battle of Indianapolis provides us with a snapshot of the correlation of forces in the culture wars.Faced with a corporate-secularist firestorm, Gov. Mike Pence said Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act would not protect Christian bakers or florists who refuse ...

Time to remind the president

Apparently it has come to this: Some members of Congress believe they must stipulate by law that President Barack Obama must obey the law.Obama has taken the law into his own hands, in direct violation of the Separation of Powers Doctrine, on matters ranging from Obamacare to international ...

The Clinton record unmasked

About the time the Dodgers abandoned Brooklyn for Los Angeles, my savvy precinct captain drilled into all her workers this rule: A week is a lifetime in politics, and a month is an eternity. This should be a warning for all wise people handicapping the 2016 presidential race who have already ...