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Community Columnists

Are we in a civil cold war?

Omicron, a recent variant of COVID is popping up around the world. There are already fears about its implications. Will the vaccine be effective against it? What will the effects on shipping and supply chain concerns be? It seems the COVID saga will never end. As governments flail about ...

College student debt spiraling upward

Around 100,000 North Dakota students and former students owe an average of $29,000 in private and federal student loan debt. Translated, that means a total of $3.2 billion, according to Lending Tree compilations. While this may be the second-lowest debt in the 50 states, many borrowers are ...

Aspiring to make Minot an even better city

The Minot City Council is tasked with a wide range of responsibilities, from making decisions on budget issues to addressing all facets of city ordinances to overseeing the day-to-day business of City. But one of the Council’s most important duties is crafting a vision for the future of ...

Many North Dakotans need more than tax cuts

As a former North Dakota Tax Commissioner and Director of the Department of Management and Budget, I was unimpressed with the pattern of expenditures that evolved from the recent special session of the legislature. Since both houses passed the income tax measure, the legislators of both ...

Special session a win for taxpayers and North Dakota’s future

After one week, the special session of the North Dakota Legislature is over. But the incredible opportunity and potential unleashed in those five days is just beginning. Major investments in infrastructure, workforce, economic development, health care, education and other priorities will ...

At least they didn’t spend it all

The special legislative session is over. The repeated phrase amongst conservatives seems to be, “Well, I guess it could have been worse.” Noteworthy topics include spending, tax relief, COVID mandates, and Critical Race Theory. The highlights follow. SPENDING: We spent about $1B and left ...