Opinion

Too few statesmen

Letters to the Editor

Gary Angell Garrison We as a nation have a lot different ideas on what should be done to fix the influx of illegal aliens? We have a country that is made of people from all over the world many families can trace the heritage to countries from all over the world, people who have made our ...

Energy production meets all-time highs

Editorials

North Dakota’s oil and gas production has hit new all-time high records, according to preliminary figures. In December, oil production reached 1.4 million barrels a day. The state also produced 2.65 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas. The most recent numbers were released on Friday by ...

How could they?

National Columnists

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist church had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was "how could they?" It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic Church, ...

There are no losers when kids compete

Editorials

This is a busy time of year for area students, a time when all of their hard work and practice is put to the test. But it’s not just the swimmers, basketball and hockey players with their eyes on a trophy. Math and science whizzes are giving their all as well. Just this past week Minot ...

Trump takes yes for an answer on border deal

National Columnists

President Trump may not be happy over the bipartisan deal Congress has reached to avoid another horrible government shutdown. But he recognizes it's an exit ramp from the political nightmare that has deepened his presidential despair. He veils the second policy defeat administered to him ...

Reality continues to leak from American life

National Columnists

In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that by that year America's high school graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the world in math and science achievements. Sen. Daniel Patrick ...

Armstrong right on border security needs

Editorials

President Donald Trump may very well have excellent points when it comes to his position on border security. Congressional opponents might well have points on the other side of the issues, even if those points might be poorly expressed and may appear entirely political since the party ...

Socialism has already hurt America

National Columnists

President Donald Trump was principled and politically astute to address, in his State of the Union, the horrors taking place now in Venezuela, and then to declare: "Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country." Venezuela is indeed a poster child for what ...

A better school?

National Columnists

There must be a better way to keep kids interested in school than drugging them. Today, 1 in 5 school-age boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many are given drugs that are supposed to help them pay attention. "I was the rowdy kid, the bad kid," says Cade ...

Among the goofy comes good moves by Legislature on Pioneer Village

Editorials

The North Dakota Legislature can be amusing to watch. That’s in large part, sadly, because so many discussion items are so absurd, so silly, so driven by a handful of residents at the expense of the majority that it borders on comedy. Many days, legislators might as well as arrive in a ...

Lost, buried, burned: Oklahoma’s rape kit scandal

National Columnists

If you are puzzled by the nationwide rape kit testing backlog, Oklahoma provides maddening insight on the bureaucratic forces that create intolerable inertia — and injustice. An estimated 225,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed across the country; more than 7,200 have been neglected in ...

Marijuana, mental illness and violence

National Columnists

en states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let's examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to state ...

HB 1442 is a tough sell

Editorials

There is a strong principled argument in favor of Rep. Rick Becker’s, R-Bismarck, primary sponsorship of HB 1442. HB 1442 would stop law enforcement officers from conducting scheduled DUI checkpoints in which all drivers on the road are stopped for questioning. The principled argument ...

Are the Democrats bent on suicide?

National Columnists

After reading an especially radical platform agreed upon by the British Labor Party, one Tory wag described it as "the longest suicide note in history." The phrase comes to mind on reading of the resolution calling for a Green New Deal, advanced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and endorsed by ...

Minot High students shine in science

Editorials

All around the country, one of the chief complaints of public schools is a perceived lack of focus on or success in teaching science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM curricula for those who often read about education, its challenges and many programs nationwide now encouraging ...

North Dakota should raise the fuel tax

Community Columnists

A fundamental truth about politics is that voters very often want contradictory things. This flies in the face of populist mantras about the wisdom of the masses - those chanted by the sort of people who insist we must implement speech suppressing policy such as Measure 1 simply because ...

Getting easier to be ‘green’

National Columnists

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be "green." The evidence is the "Green New Deal," which CNN describes as a "...10-year 'economic mobilization' that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation's infrastructure while building whole new layers into the existing social ...

Upward construction trend holds promise for Minot

Editorials

The report in today’s edition concerning local construction is both a good read and good news for residents of Minot. People are, the numbers would suggest, still coming to Minot to live, and businesses and families alike are improving their physical dwellings if not building new. The ...

The Green raw deal

National Columnists

Democrats in the House of Representatives have rolled out what they are calling a "Green New Deal." It is the most serious public policy offering from Generation Tide Pod Eater to ever be unveiled. It is exactly what you would expect. In the rollout of their deal, the Democrats released an ...

Green New Deal backers embrace their fantasies

National Columnists

On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced what many news outlets described as "legislation" for the Green New Deal, a wildly ambitious plan to eliminate the American fossil fuel industry within a decade or so. It's worth noting that it's not ...