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Editorials

Biden vs. Scott

The contrast between President Biden's first address to Congress last Wednesday night and the Republican response delivered by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) reminded me of another occasion between one long-winded and another profound speaker. It was 1863 and the nationally known orator Edward Everett ...

Common sense takes a back seat on mask-wearing

Just as the vaccine campaign against the coronavirus pandemic appears to be making progress, the chief White House official leading the effort has thrown a potential monkey wrench into the drive. She says that for those who are vaccinated, masks outdoors are no longer required. Rochelle ...

Science says if you’re vaccinated, enjoy life again

For 14 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended draconian restrictions on Americans' daily lives to combat COVID-19. The CDC made light of the hardships and economic losses the restrictions inflicted. Call the agency the "Centers for Doubletalk and Confusion." Now, ...

Virginia flunks math

The state of Virginia, which used to be reliably red and mostly conservative, is providing more evidence of an increasingly blue and liberal hue. Virginia is "considering" renovating its math courses. As the publication Virginia Mercury noted, "In webinars (Virginia Department of Education) ...

Eliminating educational standards only ensures failure

An article published this week in Quillette (which, along with Substack, is one of the best sources of thoughtful, intelligent journalism in America today) argues persuasively that grade inflation is destroying education in the United States. Author Shane Trotter describes a system where ...

The DC Statehood Power Grab

"How many legs does a dog have if you call his tail a leg?" asked President Abraham Lincoln, who answered his own question: "Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn't make it a leg." And Congress' saying that D.C. is a state would equally contradict truth and reality, as our nation's ...

Derek Chauvin: The great white defendant

In the brilliant novel “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” author Tom Wolfe describes what he calls the intense media interest in covering “The Great White Defendant.” A review of “Bonfire” explains: “The overarching theme of the book is the search for the great white defendant. The ...

The Chauvin verdict

The guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts was correct, based on the evidence, but the theatrics leading up to that trial and after the jurors had made their decision was outrageous. Demonstrations, riots and looting around the country since the ...

Expecting peace after Chauvin verdict? Don’t hold your breath

Watching the horrific video of George Floyd dying under the knee of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, even before charges were filed last year, I called it the way I saw it: Murder. I'm often accused of being pro-police to a fault. But for me the video was enough. Just as with ...

Tribal greenhouse project unique

When the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes) broke ground on Monday for Native Green Grow along N.D. Highway 23 near Parshall, it marked the official start for construction of a greenhouse project. Native Green Grown (NG2) is a food sovereignty initiative of the ...

Efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine shines through

Why is it that in the 21st century you rarely hear about conditions that were once a threat to society—things like polio and diphtheria, and many other diseases that have impacted our communities? And why have deadly flu outbreaks been reduced to an occasional inconvenience for most? In a ...

Women entrepreneurs driving America’s recovery from pandemic

Since 1987, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated Women’s History Month to recognize the role women entrepreneurs have in building and strengthening our local and national economies. Women have transformed the face of entrepreneurship across America in both urban and ...

Online learning is different, but can be successful

GRAND FORKS – It’s been almost a year since we entered the pandemic and schools were forced to quickly move to remote learning options. As two parents with high-school and college-age children who are doing some type of online learning, we have heard the refrains of, “Online education is ...

Infrastructure investment should be priority, not talking point

(From the Feb. 23 Washington Times) "In July 2019, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee did something rare. We put aside the partisan theatrics consuming the 116th Congress, crafted a bipartisan highway bill, and unanimously passed it through committee. While this bill, ...

Grateful for COVID efforts, effective emergency process

From early on in this pandemic, it was clear this was going to be more of a marathon than a sprint. Now, thanks to the selfless and tireless efforts of so many North Dakotans across our great state, we are well-positioned to finish strongly even as we continue to watch out for potential ...

Armstrong stands up for ND jobs, American energy

When it comes to standing up for their way of life, the people of North Dakota could not have a stronger advocate than Representative Kelly Armstrong. For the past two years, I have worked with Representative Armstrong on a number of issues through his involvement in the Congressional Western ...

Minot AFB plays important role in local economy

Minot Air Force Base’s annual economic impact report always is a bright spot in the area’s economy. 2nd Lt. Rein Marie Northrop of the base’s 5th Comptroller Squadron on Thursday presented the base’s fiscal year 2020 report during a Zoom meeting with members of the Minot Area Chamber ...

Sharing a wish, thanks to Make-A-Wish North Dakota

Case Thompson, 16, of Bottineau had his wish come true on Saturday at Pure Powersports in Minot when he was surprised with a fish house and other gear. What a fantastic gift to a teenager who has been through a lot already in his young life. Make-A-Wish North Dakota representatives Christy ...

Former tribal chairman embodied good leadership

North Dakota lost a good leader in 2020 upon the death of Jesse Taken Alive. I am writing this on Martin Luther King Day and contemplating what good leadership is all about. Out of the downward vortex of mistreatment, broken promises, darkness, anger and hurt on the Standing Rock ...

New city manager saying the right things

Minot’s new city manager, on the job for less than a month, certainly has his hands full – and Minot so far seems to be in very capable hands. The Minot Daily News published an in-depth story on Harold Stewart in Saturday’s edition. In that article comments by Stewart revealed that he ...