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One of our best investments

October 7, 2012 I know, I know, I’ve written more than a fair amount lately about the Greatest Generation. more »»

Investing in our veterans

September 23, 2012 In all the talk about jobs, there is one group usually left out of the discussion: military veterans. According to the U.S. more »»

Who is Grover Norquist?

September 9, 2012 With all the back-and-forth spin and negative ads leading up to the national election, one important question has been mostly obscured. more »»

Greed is not a good thing

August 26, 2012 All of us who consider ourselves religious and/or moral have to admit that greed, and therefore gouging, is not good. more »»

Creating separation again

August 12, 2012 If there is anything obvious about our 2008 market crash and our subsequent economic woes, it is that regular banking and wild, risky investment banking need to be separated again. more »»

Wisconsin moving to N.D.

July 22, 2012 My hometown area in Wisconsin is moving to North Dakota. On the train. And I don’t mean Amtrak. It’s not people who are moving out here. It’s Wisconsin itself. The land. more »»

In the spirit of Art Buchwald

July 8, 2012 A few months back I wrote a column in honor of recently deceased Andy Rooney. This is modeled after noted humor columnist Art Buchwald who died in 2007 at age 81. more »»

Money and advertising

June 24, 2012 We certainly didn’t need any further evidence of money and advertising’s power. Yet we got it in the vote on Measure 4, where “yes” gave UND permission to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname. more »»

Missing part of the message

June 3, 2012 We just celebrated Memorial Day and we have Independence Day coming up soon, days on which we are reminded again and again how freedom isn’t free. more »»

Grumpy old curmudgeons

May 20, 2012 I’m not saying which party I’m voting for in the presidential election. I am saying which party I am not voting for. That would be the Republicans. more »»

How long can it drag on?

May 6, 2012 The Sioux nickname issue remains unsettled. How long can it be dragged out? There is always a new twist and turn. more »»

Wants or basic needs?

April 22, 2012 Thanks to recent news reports that cut through all the partisan spin, the choice between major parties couldn’t be clearer. more »»

Catholics and the president

April 8, 2012 Even more than in 2008, there has been widespread discussion (including in letters to this paper) about whom Catholics should vote for in the presidential election. more »»

Rebuilding after a disaster

April 5, 2012 Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman testified Tuesday at a Senate Budget Committee hearing held in Minot. This is Zimbelman’s testimony. more »»

The week that was

March 9, 2012 Who’s going to ask all those questions that nobody else asked now that Andy Rooney is gone? He did it on CBS TV’s 60 Minutes and in his nationally syndicated column that appeared right here in thi... more »»

Crime, it seems, does pay

February 26, 2012 To see why privatizing Social Security and Medicare is the same as ending Social Security and Medicare, look at the recent history of private corporate retirement plans. more »»

Property acquisition guidelines

February 17, 2012 On Jan. 18, the Minot City Council approved a set of guidelines for a voluntary property acquisition process for the city. more »»

Disaster traced back to 1999

February 5, 2012 ?Our nation is still struggling to get out of the economic mess that Sen. Byron Dorgan warned about on the Senate floor back on Nov. 4, 1999. more »»

Politics? Let's talk football

January 22, 2012 The football season is coming to an end with the NFL playoffs leading up to the Super Bowl. Would that the political season come to an end. more »»

Relying on global warming

January 8, 2012 To get better flood protection from national and international river management agencies, North Dakota may have to rely on something most of us say doesn’t exist. That would be global war. more »»



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