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Editorials

Don’t be an idiot

Joshua Newell is lucky his stupidity cost him only $200, and not an arm.A certain percentage of idiots like Newell, 35, of Gahanna, Ohio, always have been part of the human race. But use of social media to brag about reckless behavior and to encourage others to take risks is a growing ...

Documented irresponsibility

People who entered the United States illegally may be called "undocumented" in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the ...

Obama’s truth out of Africa

WASHINGTON - It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.Events ...

Could Donald Trump actually win?

The American political class has failed the country, and should be fired. That is the clearest message from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remarkable rise of Donald Trump.Sanders' candidacy can trace it roots back to the 19th-century populist party of Mary Elizabeth Lease who ...

UMW needs to do what’s best this time

At the top of the agenda for the United Mine Workers of America's 125th anniversary convention this week ought to be a vow not to get fooled again. Nearly 500 delegates from UMW locals throughout the nation should insist on it."We want to make sure there is a future for coal miners and other ...

Earth to Kepler-452b

NASA has discovered the answer to all of our problems. It is another planet, a possible twin to Earth that could theoretically sustain life.This revelation could be bigger than Columbus "discovering" America, or Lewis and Clark finding the Northwest Passage.It offers the possibility of starting ...

The toxic worldview of Ta-Ne-Hisi Coates

Moses gave us the Ten Commandments. Paul gave us the Epistles. And Ta-Nehisi gave us "Between the World and Me."The new book by Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the form of a letter to his son, has been greeted with a rapturous reception that brooks no dissent.What everyone says about the ...

Before we lose our minds

WASHINGTON - Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare - as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out - will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.Never mind projections that the ...

Avoiding another crisis

As so often is the case, good news about the economy is being reacted to by some economists and politicians who fear it will not last.The housing market, one of the key factors in our economy, seems to be booming. Sales of existing homes were up 9.6 percent during the past 12 months.So what's ...

State needs more ‘important voices’ in Bismarck

Susan Wefald, an 18-year veteran of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, has raised the subject of women in government with her book, Important Voices, published recently by the Institute of Regional Studies Press.In her introduction, Susan declared that "our state needs the 'important ...

Cure for racial dishonesty

There have been several notable cases of racial fakery. Years ago, then-law professor Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren falsely claimed that her great-grandfather was Cherokee Indian. A diversity-starved Harvard University jumped at the opportunity to hire her. She was so good at the racial ...

Debates vs. debates

WARWICK, England - When it comes to debates the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the "world's most prestigious debating society," remains the gold standard. Begun in 1823, The Union, in modern times, has hosted debates that have included such luminaries as Ronald Reagan and the Dalai Lama. ...

History repeating itself?

A preview of one potential scenario for a Middle East including a nuclear-armed Iran is being provided just a few time zones away, in North Korea.There, U.S. officials, both Democrat and Republican, for decades did little in reaction to North Korean leaders' combination of saber rattling and ...

The importance of the ‘like’ factor

Bill Cohen, the former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Maine who served as secretary of defense in Democratic president Bill Clinton's second administration, offered this key to the art of winning tough elections: "I don't care how great your ideas are or how well you can articulate ...

Obama cronyism + your personal data = trouble

It's the most far-reaching scandal in Washington that no one wants to talk about: Tens of millions of federal employees had their personal information hacked as a result of Obama administration incompetence and political favoritism.Ethnic community organizer-turned-Office of Personnel ...

With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history

WASHINGTON - It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of ...

Taking it to a whole new level

Members of Congress are being pressured by President Barack Obama to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank - but they should refuse to do so on the White House's terms.Earlier this summer, controversy over the bank caused reauthorization legislation to lapse. For the first time in its ...

The Fact-Free Left: Part II

There is no way to know what is going on in someone else's mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words.The political left's great claim to authenticity and honor is that what they advocate is for the benefit of the less fortunate. But how could we test that?T.S. Eliot ...

University system chancellor gets his first challenge

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott has an opportunity to prove what sort of leader he will be. How he responds to it will be instructive, going a long way toward showing whether he has the mettle to lead what has proven to be an almost ungovernable collection of egos and ...

‘A new Dark Age’

"If God does not exist, then everything is permissible."Ivan Karamazov's insight came to mind while watching the video of Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood describe, as she sipped wine and tasted a salad, how she harvests the organs of aborted babies for sale to select customers."Yesterday ...