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Community Columnists

Some clarifications to redistricting questions

As a scholar who has studied the State Legislature’s process, state and local voting behavior, and the changing demographics of the state over the last twenty years, I took a great interest in the North Dakota Redistricting Committee’s meetings which occurred earlier this Fall. Although my ...

The pain of choosing a president

As disgruntled citizens grope for a solution – any solution – for the disarray in our “status quo” political system, they are grasping at structural reforms, abolishing the Electoral College, creating a multi-party system, designing new ballots and voting directly for president, to ...

We are owed an apology from …

We are coming up on two years of dealing with COVID. More information continues to become available. The “science” is changing significantly, but the fear-mongering remains unchanged. I will say again, the political battle over COVID is not between pro-vaxxers and anti-vaxxers, nor between ...

Volunteers are the heart of our community

Minot has long been a community known for taking care of its own residents in times of need. Volunteering creates ties within the community that make our city a better place. Volunteer efforts don’t have to be a grand gesture. Often the smallest contributions can make the biggest ...

Leading the Horse to Water

While the rest of us are lamenting the ignorance of the electorate, the North Dakota Council on the Humanities and the North Dakota Newspaper Association are taking remedial action. They have been sponsoring a series of writings by President David Adler of The Alturas Institute in which he ...

Political Realities Stall Biden Agenda

Has President Biden bit off more than our policymaking system can chew? The demographic melting pot that elected him is getting restless as the gap between the “progressives” and the conservatives becomes apparent to all policy wonks. For Democrats, it looks like a bridge too far. ...