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Opinion

Medicare for some … depending on their politics?

National Columnists

Twenty-three years ago, I was asked to give a talk to the New York City Bar Association as part of a symposium titled “Executioners, Jailers, Slave Trappers and the Law: What Role Should Morality Play in Judging?” I was charged with addressing what judges should do when faced with moral ...

Much at stake with country’s first digital census

Editorials

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Before fixing tomorrow, Democrats must fix today

National Columnists

Like all candidates, Democrats focus their campaigns on what they will do if elected. Progressives often accuse Joe Biden in particular of wanting to take America back to the Barack Obama years. And it’s true that Biden often portrays his candidacy as a restoration of the era in which he ...

Consider the source, always

Editorials

Political controversy is seen by some people not burdened by consciences solely as an opportunity for fame and fortune. It seems attorney Michael Avenatti belongs in that category. Avenatti’s big chance came when the California attorney latched onto a prize client: Stephanie Clifford, more ...

Beware of these overhyped financial strategies

National Columnists

hen you're trying to eat healthy is to beware of any food you see advertised. The most beneficial fare — whole grains, fruits, vegetables — tends not to have a marketing budget. Similarly, investments that are enthusiastically pushed by commission-earning salespeople may not be the best ...

Trump has out-Nixoned Nixon

National Columnists

"History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes,” Mark Twain is reputed to have said. My first job after law school was as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. I reported for work September 1974, just weeks after Richard Nixon resigned. In the years leading up to his ...

Getting out of Afghanistan will be risky

Editorials

Prospects for an agreement that could lead to withdrawl of all American troops from Afghanistan are “very promising,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday. U.S. emissaries have been talking with leaders of the Taliban organization, which once ruled Afghanistan, for ...

Will we like Mike?

National Columnists

In the seven presidential elections since 1992, the Republican presidential nominee has won the popular vote exactly once. The lone GOP candidate to receive a majority of the national vote was George W. Bush in 2004. Bush’s election-day victory over Democrat John Kerry, who had, in most ...

Thanks to Ice Cold Ryders for fundraising

Editorials

Minot Public School’s lunch debt policy on unpaid school lunch debt has been getting extensive attention recently. Ice Cold Ryders motorcycle club should be commended for the sizable donations the organization has made to address unpaid school lunch debt. However, it would be nice if ...

Moderate, centrist: What do these mean?

National Columnists

"For all the thunder on the Bernie Sanders left, the most interesting trend in the Democratic campaign this year may be the re-emergence of the moderate wing of the party, led by charismatic new voices: former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.” So ...

Now is the time to prepare for spring flooding

Editorials

Guest Editorial: By North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, State Engineer Garland Erbele and Homeland Security Director Cody Schulz. If you’ve lived in North Dakota for long, you’ve more than likely put the wise words “Hope for the best, prepare for the ...

James Carville is right: Democrats should be panicking

National Columnists

Legendary Democratic strategist James Carville was interviewed by Vox’s Sean Illing last week after Carville’s doom-and-gloom jeremiad on MSNBC got a lot of people’s attention. In his inimitable fashion, Carville warned that Democrats’ love affair with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is ...

Oh, sure, it’s the Democrats who have a problem

National Columnists

The laziest and most common campaign story right now is a version of the following: “The Democrats are in disarray!” “The Democrats are failing to coalesce around a single candidate!” “The Democrats are handing this election to the Republicans!” Add a story or two about the ...

Thanks for the road assistance

Letters to the Editor

John Ploof, Minot Thursday’s light snow made the roads quite slippery. I found out the hard way. On my way down 6th St. NW to the MSU dome, I tried to make a left hand turn just above the football practice field. Halfway through the turn, my front-wheel-drive minivan decided to go ...

Bernie Sanders is not doing so hot

National Columnists

Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary. This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals. Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes. It appears they ...

What’s wrong with this picture?

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman, Minot I have a few questions that I would like answered along with a lot of taxpayers. 1. How come we can spend millions on a new city hall but there are children that can’t afford lunches in schools? 2. Why isn’t the city giving money to these lunches so the kids ...

A word about cancer in National Cancer Prevention Month

Letters to the Editor

Mikey Hoeven, Bismarck As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Cancer Prevention Month. More than 1.8 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed and ...