Opinion

Sides need to find middle ground on environmental issues

Editorials

A Minot environmental group and a Minot legislator are at odds when it comes to the use of plastic bags, and their effect on the environment. Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, introduced HB 1200, which prohibits political subdivisions from restricting or charging a fee for use of a bag, cup, bottle, ...

Is reality optional?

National Columnists

Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as "Your Majesty"? You say, "Williams, that's lunacy! You can't prove such nonsense." You're wrong. It's proved by my declaration. It's no different from a person born with XY chromosomes declaring that he is a woman. The ...

Gifted programs end up benefiting everyone

Editorials

Students all have different ranges of capabilities, different speeds of learning, and different learning modalities. Every student is not the same and while every student should have the same opportunities in our egalitarian society, without school choice that will never be the case. However, ...

Time for humility for Davos Elite

National Columnists

Turnout at Davos was lousy this year. President Trump, preoccupied by the government shutdown, was a no-show at last week's World Economic Forum there. So were British Prime Minister Theresa May (Brexit) and French President Emanuel Macron ("gilets jaunes"). Chinese President Xi Jinping, Davos' ...

Hoeven, Cramer stand with Trump on broken missile treaty

Editorials

It was good to see North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer issue prompt statements of support Friday for President Trump regarding the president’s decision to suspend our obligations under the INF Treaty and withdraw completely if necessary. “Let’s be clear: Russia has been ...

Fear sets terrible policy

National Columnists

Across the United States, Republicans are scrambling to play catch-up. Many of them did not believe the warnings in 2018, thought the polls were wrong and got smashed under a blue wave that crested over them. Their response is to operate out of fear, and they are doing strange and crazy things. ...

Which parents should be scolded?

National Columnists

It's hard to fathom in this supercharged atmosphere, but politics actually has been more tumultuous than it is today (see: War, Civil). On the other hand, the war to define -- or, better put, redefine -- American culture has never been more ferocious. Its militancy has reached the point where ...

North Dakota not in the grips of fear of crime

Editorials

Every American is wary of crime. It’s just a reality. Even though violent crime has actually trended down in recent years nationwide (despite the hefty contribution of statistics from Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and Baltimore), we live in a 24-hour news cycle so crime leads news on a regular, ...

What will be the legacy of the Legacy Fund?

Community Columnists

North Dakota voters decided in 2010 to set aside 30 percent of state oil and gas tax revenues for the Legacy Fund. The trust fund was inaccessible until 2017, but now – and every two years into the future – the Legislature can use the fund’s earnings with a simple majority vote. So, we ...

Are you kidding me?

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot Are you kidding me right now? The legislators wants to be reimbursed for feeding their faces, but they won’t reimburse the teachers for school supplies? SHAME ON THEM!!! I know a lot of teachers that take THEIR OWN MONEY and buy school supplies for their ...

North Dakota Legislature vs. The People

Community Columnists

udging the bills that are introduced biennially, it appears that the North Dakota Legislature has a running war with the people. In that respect, this session is no exception. In November, just three months ago, the people adopted a constitutional amendment creating an ethics commission and ...

Time to update

Letters to the Editor

Casey Buchmann Washburn Hey legislators, it is the 21st century. Six years ago, our Capitol received an electronic upgrade in audio and video. Many if not all the committee rooms at the Capitol either have the ability for real time audio or real time video. It’s sad that as a ...

Upping taxes will stifle oil producition

Letters to the Editor

Jeff Kummer Watford City The Democrat legislation to increase oil taxes impacts more than the out-of-state companies they tout. Their move negatively affects North Dakota royalty owners and their families. Royalty owners are most often landowners that have passed down their mineral ...

Where’s the beef plant?

Letters to the Editor

Barry Borg Valley City Have you ever wondered why our state is the only state with a state-owned bank and a flour mill? Back in the early 1900s, farmers were at the mercy of Minneapolis millers and bankers. Farm prices were very low and banks were foreclosing on farmers at a very high rate. ...

Bring your own bag

Letters to the Editor

Heidi Super Minot In December I had the pleasure of attending an impromptu get-together with charter members of Friends of the Souris River and a few additional like-minded Minot citizens. Although we are an informal group, I was reassured and re-energized by the focus of the meeting – ...

TR: America’s Winston Churchill

Letters to the Editor

Rich Karlgaard Publisher, Forbes Magazine I was born and raised in Bismarck and attended its great public schools, including Bismarck State College. In my 27-year career at Forbes Magazine and as a keynote speaker, I have traveled the world and visited all 50 states. I never miss the ...

It’s an invasion

Letters to the Editor

Larry Miller Valley City When the first wave of migrants heading north from Central America to the USA was described as an “invasion,” leftists went into hysterics over the word “invasion.” They insisted it was just a “caravan” of asylum seekers. Ever eager to promote the ...

Abortion law

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot When I first heard of the trimester abortion law that New York State passed, I found myself in complete disbelief. And later in the week, when the Commonwealth of Virginia was also considering legislation to allow abortions up to the moment of birth left me mortified. ...

Celebrating gone wrong

Letters to the Editor

Karen Gumke Jamestown It was with utter horror and dismay that I listened to raucous enthusiasm, cheering and clapping as the New York legislature celebrated the most depraved, incomprehensible abortion law passed to date in our nation. It was one more shattering blow leveled at the most ...