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Community Columnists

‘Clean Crypto,’ ‘clean energy’ and ‘greater fools’

With the downturn facing the state’s oil and gas industry, North Dakota leaders have elected to court the volatile and burgeoning world of crypto mining and blockchain services. With the recent announcements that separate multimillion dollar projects are in the works from two companies called ...

Bipartisan committee’s gun compromise is a fraud

We have had 250 mass killings in 2022 so far and we aren’t even halfway through the year. It is obvious that there is no such thing as sanctity of life in the United States. A bipartisan committee of 20 senators – 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats – has been meeting and has come up with ...

‘I am your flag, the flag of the USA’

Remember me? I have been known by many names: “The Red, White & Blue,” “The Stars & Stripes,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Old Glory.” Whatever they choose to call me, “I am your flag, the flag of the United States of America.” There is something I would like to ...

Tolerance, incitement and political violence

In the early morning on June 8, 2022, a California man named Nicholas John Roske was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s house, with police charging him over threats he made to kill or kidnap a Supreme Court justice. Such a direct threat against Supreme Court justices is ...

Common sense needed to stop slaughter in schools

We had free access to guns when I was growing up. Common gun sense ruled the country. There was seldom the kind of mass shootings of kids as we see occurring today. Ironically, the strongest defenders of our killing gun culture are also the same people who allegedly stand for sanctity of ...

Fire Station 5 benefits our entire community

It’s been a long time coming, but construction of a fifth fire station in Minot is under way. And that means it’s time for a groundbreaking. The event will take place on June 6 at 4 p.m. at 2611 4th Ave. NW, the site of the new station. Dirt work at the site has been taking place for a ...