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Editorials

There will be a day of reckoning

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

Punish the vicious and greedy COVID-19 profiteers

Evil never allows a good crisis to go to waste. So it is with the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Already, U.S. Customs agents have seized a shipment of counterfeit COVID-19 test kits, shipped to Los Angeles International Airport from the United Kingdom. Someone decided to make a killing — ...

Parents a big part of the learning process

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason we still ...

Lawmakers, Trump did right thing to move quickly on CARES Act

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Investing in American business still good bet long term

On Feb. 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange stood at 29,551 points. By last Friday, it had plunged to 21,636. Though the DJIA is just one measure of the value of securities worldwide, it is one seen widely as a guide to performance of the markets in general. ...

Time to bring key manufacturing home

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...

Time to double-down on attitude of helping others

We Americans are renowned for our compassionate generosity. When we learn of a need, we rush to fill it. It is time to double-down on that attitude of helping others. Throughout the nation, tens of thousands of non-profit organizations — some big national ones, others strictly local — ...

Make good decisions in these stressful times

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any other ...

Let cops deal with spoiled brats at the beach

It is difficult, frankly, to view people refusing to join the rest of us in attempting to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. At least reports from our country, such as those of college students packing beaches for ...

Consider sharing spare medical supplies

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

This could be just the tip of the iceberg

It is likely our awareness of how widespread COVID-19 is in the United States represents only the tip of the iceberg. Until widespread testing kicks in, many among us made by carrying the virus unknowingly, both to themselves and the rest of us. Still, paying attention to what information we ...

Looking inward to defend nation from virus

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our amosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Kudos to educators for coronavirus response

When all of this is over, teachers across the state will deserve a raise as well as a pat on the back. When Gov. Doug Burgum closed schools across the state this month in hope of slowing the coronavirus, he also tasked school districts with creating alternate methods of education delivery so ...

Stay home if you are sick

Stay home if you are sick, even if you think it’s just a cold or allergies. It’s the responsible thing to do. Area employers should do all they can for their employees and offer them the opportunity to work from home if that is feasible. That, too, is the responsible thing to do. The ...

COVID-19 is a wakeup call to the nation

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Think of others; please don’t hoard

Prudence, not panic, needs to be the order of the day among Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During a press conference Sunday, President Donald Trump noted that heads of major retail companies had told him something he never expected to hear: Don’t buy ...

Life will be different when this is over

It is easy, right now, to get little caught up in the anxiety that comes with the official effort to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. Certainly no one could be blamed for indulging in a little worry. But once we’ve got that out of our system, life is going to look very different for ...

North Dakota K-12 schools to close for 5 days

COVID-19 - the coronavirus - has brought everyday life in large areas of China, Italy and Spain to a near standstill. As the virus has spread, other areas have been affected similarly, though not to the extent of China. As many as 300 million children in 22 countries have been affected by ...

What they knew and when they knew it

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

Demand for blood still exists

OVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...