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Community Columnists

The pain hits home

What will it take for the president’s supporters to leap off the Trump Train? Pain. Masochists will ride until it’s completely off the rails, but others will end up under the wheels. Take North Dakota farmers, for instance. According to the Minneapolis Fed, state exports were down 14% ...

Attorney General: ‘It’s the right thing to do’

When Director of Corrections and Rehabilitation Leann Bertsch announced a new “Justice Reinvestment” program to reduce the prison population and cut recidivism, this column hailed the program with a quotation from Governing, a magazine for state and local governments: North Dakota is ...

Conspiracy theory pop quiz

There are a lot of conspiracy theories floating around, but astute flat-Earthers should have no problem discerning fact from fiction in this Conspiracy Theory Pop Quiz. 1. Who killed Jeffrey Epstein? a. Killary, operating from the basement of a Washington Happy Joe’s b. Bob Marley, but ...

Maybe partisanship wasn’t such a bad thing

The modern dysfunctions of American politics are not the product of partisanship but rather a lack of it. I’m not talking about bipartisanship, a term we use interchangeably with “compromise.” It is a necessity to governing. Rare are the moments in our system of government when one ...

The clock is ticking on NDR funds, projects

he clock has been ticking since Minot was awarded $74.3 million in January 2016 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through its National Disaster Resilience Competition. Now, we’re essentially halfway through the time allowed to allocate the funds, and while there has been ...

Burgum’s bipartisan appeal is the stuff of nightmares for ND Democrats

orth Dakota Democrats haven’t had a majority in the state Senate since 1995, or a majority in the state House since 1985. The last Democrat not named Heidi Heitkamp to win an election on the statewide ballot was former Rep. Earl Pomeroy, who last won re-election more than a decade ago in ...

Home Committee has more votes than voters

Chairman Ork Dorken scanned the town’s electors gathered in the community hall for the quadrennial testing of the presidential waters with a seminar on voting. “Eleven persons being present, I declare a quorum to do business,” he declared. “Can we have a reading of the minutes of the ...

The arsonist-in-chief

No you don’t, Mr. President. Stop the getaway car! You don’t get to read an emotionless condemnation of white nationalist terrorism and then leave the scene of the crime. We all know empathy is absent from your shallow, stagnant pool of emotions, but couldn’t you do more than go through ...

Post-shooting hysteria ignores the reality of what really keeps us safe

What keeps you from being murdered on any given day? It’s a serious question, and one we should be asking as we grapple with what to do in the wake of mass murder attacks in Texas and Ohio. In the hysterical environment after one of these attacks — one inflamed by posturing politicians ...

‘Send Her Back’ brings Emma to tears

Congresswoman Ilham Omar, a Somali-American, expressed some partisan criticism and was immediately trashed by a crowd in North Carolina with the chant “Send Her Back,” indicating that she had no right to be in this country. I was shocked. So UnAmerican, so unChristian, I thought. But my ...

To smear a patriot

I’ve been asking flag-waving Republicans why they support a president who sold out American democracy to get elected. Thus far, the answers have been, “Socialism,” “Obama’s tan suit,” and “The dog ate my homework.” If you’re a Trump supporter, it’s more comforting to ...

The Bank of North Dakota is the Kim Kardashian of financial institutions

The term “famous for being famous” originated, more than likely, with British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge. “In the past if someone was famous or notorious, it was for something — as a writer or an actor or a criminal; for some talent or distinction or abomination,” he wrote in ...

I hope Rush Limbaugh is wrong, but I don’t think he is

We haven’t had a governing majority in the federal government committed to fiscal prudence in a long, long time. We have had lots of politicians who like to posture themselves as fiscal hawks. Former North Dakota U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad did that, though he started his career in the U.S. ...

2020 City budget outlook: No new taxes

City Manager Tom Barry will present the preliminary 2020 budget at the Minot City Council’s Aug. 5 meeting. While we haven’t seen all the details yet, I can share with you the clear direction I gave at the State of the City and the direction council guided city staff in during this ...

NPLers celebrating Mill, Bank 100th

The Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Mill & Elevator will be celebrating their 100th anniversary soon but not before a resurrected band of NPL supporters have toured three gems created by the Nonpartisan League in 1919. According to the plan, a busload of some 25 are scheduled to ...

Racist is as racist does, and that includes doing nothing

Last week in the U.S. House, a priest attempted to drive evil spirits back to where they came from. The Republicans are still there. The Democrats are all out running for president. Make of that what you will. Hey, I love God as much as the next hypocrite, but I’m uncertain of Her political ...

Why are city governments, park boards and school boards separate?

Over the years I’ve had several conversations with Gov. Doug Burgum talking about a phenomena in government he describes as “siloing.” This is the practice of treating each segment of government as a sort of sovereign entity which doesn’t share much of anything else with other ...

Why would anyone want to be Governor?

Speculation on the 2020 gubernatorial race has already begun and, for the incumbent, it looks more like a walk. There is no use in making a charade out of the whole thing so let’s put the political circles at ease by making an iron-clad prognostication: Governor Doug Burgum will be the ...