Editorials

Conflicts of interest abounding

Imagine yourself as a State Department ethics office employee, asked for opinions on the propriety of activities that earn your boss' family millions of dollars. How often are you going to rule against her?Very rarely, an investigation by the Associated Press discloses. The AP looked into more ...

The price of cheap labor

Manicures and pedicures aren't usually news or fodder for commentary, but a blockbuster report in The New York Times has made them a compelling issue.Under the headline "The Price of Nice Nails," the story cataloged the abusive treatment of workers in New York City's ubiquitous nail salons. The ...

Defining deity down

WASHINGTON - It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians - inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.Of course, religious folks come in a variety of stripes, checks and polka dots. ...

In childhood, risk is inherent

WASHINGTON - Controversies about "free-range parenting" illuminate today's scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of "child protection." And these phenomena ...

Time running out to correct Obama mistakes

A genuine foreign policy crisis is occurring, and President Barack Obama's reaction to it betrays his clear failure to comprehend the peril his ongoing missteps have created. He seems bent on aggravating rather than alleviating the problem.A key meeting of Middle Eastern allies, the Gulf ...

Time to broaden definition of success

While serving as a professor of political science at the University of North Dakota, I was privileged to see many students who later joined the ranks of the successful.I have had a U. S. Senator, a U. S. Congressman, a couple of elected state officials, the Republican Speaker of the Minnesota ...

Mark Halperin’s biased grilling of Ted Cruz

Imagine it's 2007 and a prominent journalist is interviewing then-Sen. Barack Obama. "Senator, people are really interested in you and your identity. I just wanted to ask you as a historical matter, when you filled out your application to Columbia, to Harvard Law School, did you list yourself ...

The return of Obama’s hoax-spreading bitter half

She's baaaaaaaack. And she's maaaaaad.First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Tuskegee University last weekend. She'll do it again at Ohio's Oberlin College - the UC Berkeley of the Midwest, Ground Zero for racial grievance-mongering and fake hate crimes - next ...

Another nice try by the president

President Barack Obama has claimed war-mongers in the Republican Party want to derail his plan for an agreement with Iran over that nation's development nuclear weapons.It just isn't true.On Thursday, the Senate voted on a bill insisting that Congress must have at least some say in the ...

Online dignity: Give it up

Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app ...

Positive lessons from Heimdal derailment

Earlier this week another oil train derailed, this time near Heimdal in central North Dakota.Anti-oil activists could almost be heard panting in their excitement, rushing to the media with talking points about "bomb trains" and lax regulation of oil shipped on America's rail lines. Rep. Ron ...

Is a UK crackup ahead?

David Cameron is the most successful Tory Party leader since Margaret Thatcher.Yet history may also record that his success led to the crackup of his country, and Great Britain's secession from the European Union.How did Cameron's Tories capture their majority?First, they compiled a strong ...

Making a positive impact

Congratulations to Souris Valley United Way on a record-breaking year.Last Thursday, representatives from 27 local organizations accepted significant grants from the United Way - money generously donated by locals for locals.The 2014 campaign was a record year with a 21 percent increase over ...

Unruly Britannia

LONDON - They called it "Question Time," borrowing the term from the prime minister's weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different.On Thursday, the three main candidates for prime minister - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - one by ...

Hillary’s armor

"This vast right-wing conspiracy," Hillary Clinton said, "has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced." That was the "feminist" first lady's response when her husband was accused of having sex with a 21-year-old.Bill was more lawyerly. He said things like, "It depends upon ...

Restore the Fourth Amendment

If you plan to visit a college campus this month, don't be surprised if you see signs and placards encouraging you to "Restore the Fourth." Restore the Fourth is not about an athletic event or a holiday; it is about human freedom. The reference to "the Fourth" is to the Fourth Amendment, and it ...

Time to hold lawmakers accountable

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is very conscientious about telling Americans, both businesses and individuals, they have to clean up their air emissions, water discharges, etc. But when it comes to cleaning up its own top management, "not so much" is being charitable.One might have ...

Hollywood’s climate hypocrites

Hollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multimillionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus rex?It's never mattered that the stars have all the ...

Sgt. 1st Class Speer is dead, but Khadr is free

A Canadian judge ruled this week that Omar Khadr poses no public safety threat. Tell that to the children of Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Speer and the surviving American soldiers who valiantly fought Khadr on the battlefield.In 2012, Khadr pleaded guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty and guilty to ...

Onward Christian Huckabee

WASHINGTON - In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats' presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a gathering of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism ...