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Editorials

Is the Civil War over?

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it.Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in ...

In the hands of entrepreneurs

Obamacare! The War on Drugs! A War on Poverty! Prohibition! The idea that government will bring social progress isn't new.Europe's monarchs believed in big government long before there was a Soviet Union or a welfare state. Eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire praised "enlightened" monarchs ...

Unite now

Among the proudest, most important traditions in Congress is that when the issue is peace or war, lawmakers put partisan considerations aside for the good of the nation. The question before them now may well be just that grave.Negotiators for the United States, Iran and several other countries ...

Dare not say his name

WASHINGTON - In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one."We don't say his name," Gov. ...

The Democrats’ Trump card

President Obama seems on the verge of the most abject diplomatic capitulation in American history - to Iran, our bitterest enemy - and Republicans are arguing about Donald Trump? The prospect of a deal with Iran is dumbfounding and infuriating, as the U.S. held all the cards in the protracted ...

Pope should leave the socialist sermons to others

On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Fidel.Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo's head. For John ...

Estrangement from the truth a problem for Hillary

Hillary Clinton lies.This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren't on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady - a woman of ...

Celebrating 50 years

With today's North Dakota State Fair Parade, young and old alike will line streets in Minot in celebration of the opening of the North Dakota State Fair in Minot. This year is the fair's golden anniversary, and along with today's festivities come another eight days of family ...

Jeb and his vassals lose sight of the serfs

"In the feudal system," The Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is "one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance."The system lives on in modern American politics, forsooth in changed form. No longer is it local lords providing military support to a king in ...

Hillary against the Uber economy

Grandmothers may know best, as Hillary Clinton has put it in tweets, but judging by her latest economic speech, they don't necessarily get or like Uber.The ride-sharing service is synonymous with the new efficiency and convenience enabled by information technology, and is anathema to regulators ...

Zero tolerance for Confederate flag, nuance for Islamic terror

MONTPELIER, Vt. - "Nice flag!" the woman shouted sarcastically, adding: "F-- you!"The woman was seated on the patio of a restaurant overlooking Main Street in this famously liberal capital of this famously liberal state when a truck sporting the Confederate emblem passed by.I could understand ...

It’s only a matter of time

No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister this week, after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country's economy from going belly-up. At least part of their anger would more appropriately be directed inward. Many of Greece's economic maladies were ...

The personal touch

In the matter of selecting a 2016 presidential nominee, the Republican Party could go a lot farther and do a lot worse - and almost certainly will - than to choose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.What sets Lindsey Graham conspicuously apart from so many of the merchants of venom ...

There should be no sanctuary from the law

According to the Wall Street Journal, the last serious attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws appears to have been made in 1982 by a retired Justice Department official named Ronald Gainer. He failed, but the estimate then was "...50 titles and 23,000 pages of federal law." Many ...

The GOP can clear the Trump dump

You can count on Donald Trump to spark a conversation. Not necessarily an intelligent one but a conversation. His provocatively offensive anti-Mexican comments have energized a significant segment of the Republican right wing. Some polls now put Trump ahead of other contenders for the party's ...

Enforce existing gun laws

Gun control advocates - many of whom really wish they could outlaw any ownership of firearms by individuals - constantly claim new limits are needed to save lives.But time and time again, violent crime headlines are followed a few days later by revelations that killers would not have obtained ...

Where is Corriedale? What is Chiangus?

The North Dakota State Fair, mother of all fairs, is running this week in Minot and thousands of horses, rabbits, sheep, cows and people have been congregating in this statewide event celebrating its 50th anniversary of official fairhood.In 1965, Governor Bill Guy, flanked by all of the ...

Scott Walker and the other dummies

On the day Scott Walker would announce in Wisconsin that he was running for president, The New York Times offered a typical takedown on the front page. "Admiring voters" found him to be authentic and approachable, but there were two words these fans apparently did not use: "Smart" and ...

The wine-sipping butchers of Planned Parenthood

Hannibal Lecter ain't got nothing on the profit-maximizing abortion ghoul caught on tape hawking aborted baby parts as she swilled wine and nibbled on a gourmet salad.In newly released undercover footage from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, seasoned abortionist Dr. Deborah Nucatola, ...

Why do we allow coverups?

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...