National Columnists

The sequence to success

WASHINGTON — The Bronx, the only one of New York City’s five boroughs that is on the American mainland, once had a sociological as well as geographical distinction. In the 1930s it was called, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted, “the city without a slum.” It was “the one place in the ...

Colleges: Islands of Intolerance

Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept? Colleges have become islands of intolerance, and as with fish, the rot begins at the head. Let’s examine some recent episodes representative of a general ...

Tit for Tat

During the presidency of Barack Obama, the media gladly circulated his view that Republicans were hostage takers and terrorists. After the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, journalists spilled a lot of ink covering Republican rhetoric and how it had fanned the flames of hate. Reporters went to tea ...

Commissioner Kalk deep in energy research

Former Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk left his elective office in February to become Director of Energy Systems Development at the Energy & Environmental Research Center affiliated with the University of North Dakota where he is applying a new level of innovation and creativity to ...

The brutal battle against medical kidnappers

BOSTON — On the day Boston Children’s Hospital celebrated being named “the number one pediatric hospital in the nation” by U.S. News & World Report, I was interviewing Dana Gottesfeld in nearby Somerville, Massachusetts. Dana is the young wife of Martin “Marty G” Gottesfeld, an ...

School Inc.

Every year, almost every industry improves. We get more choices — usually better choices, for less money. “But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there’s one that stands out as an exception,” according to the Cato Institute’s Andrew Coulson. “One activity ...

Are Illinois & Puerto Rico our future?

If Gov. Bruce Rauner and his legislature in Springfield do not put a budget together by Friday, the Land of Lincoln will be the first state in the Union to see its debt plunge into junk-bond status. Illinois has $14.5 billion in overdue bills, $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations, ...

Were Confederate generals traitors?

My “Rewriting American History” column of a fortnight ago, about the dismantling of Confederate monuments, generated considerable mail. Some argued there should not be statues honoring traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, who fought against the Union. ...

The passing of the Pelosi Era

In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A Peach State pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed ...

The ‘Real Boy’ of fake PBS

Liberals made a big deal out of the report that Fox News has dropped its old slogan “Fair and Balanced.” The liberal media always made a mockery out of it, rejecting it as “false balance.” It’s “false balance” because the conservative view is false. From their arrogant viewpoint, ...

Standing up for North Dakotans’ health care

When Allison Restemayer from West Fargo was almost two years old, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Allison’s parents were told she would become severely mentally delayed by age three, and that she would likely pass away by 10 years old. Over the past several years, Allison has ...

‘Stingy’ Jeff Bezos

Thursday, right before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he’d acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, he tweeted a “request for ideas” for “philanthropy strategy.” If you have suggestions re “helping people in the here and now... reply to this tweet.” Here’s my reply: Don’t ...

The double murder of Otto Warmbier

We may never know what brutal torture and malign neglect American student Otto Warmbier suffered at the hands of North Korea’s dictatorship before losing his life this week at the age of 22. But it wasn’t the first time the free-spirited Ohio native died. More than a year before ...

How we can start taking back our country

Americans are justifiably frustrated regarding what is going on in Washington, D.C. But let’s not forget that we elect these folks. We may have a mess, but we can at least be proud that it’s our mess. There is one unique problem. Unlike business, where change can be made quickly, ...

A new twist on teaching economics

Greg Caskey is a 27-year-old Abington, Pennsylvania, native who is a social sciences teacher at Delaware Military Academy. The academy is a thriving charter high school in Wilmington, Delaware, that was founded in 2003 by two retired military officers, Charles Baldwin and Jack Wintermantel. ...

After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

Sunday, a Navy F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian air force jet, an act of war against a nation with which Congress has never declared or authorized a war. Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS. Vladimir Putin’s defense ...

Rape fakers must pay a higher price

It’s settled, but far from over. The University of Virginia fraternity that was slimed and defamed by sicko fabulist Sabrina Erdely will receive a $1.65 million payment, the fraternity announced this week. Erdely’s manufactured tale of gang rape by Phi Kappa Psi members, spun through a ...

Fly better – it’s working elsewhere

Wonder why your flight is late? Why planes keep circling? Why even after you’ve landed, you sometimes can’t deplane? Bad weather plays a role, but flying is also nastier because American airports use 50-year-old technology. This shouldn’t surprise us. Government ...

Rewriting American history

George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological ...

Lying liars

"I’ll never lie to you.”— Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie,” lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct ...