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Opinion

Investing in American business still good bet long term

Editorials

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. ...

Fact: COVID-19 sickens but rarely kills

National Columnists

Yes. The world is in the midst of a pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. But in between all the political posturing and breathless, fear-inducing media coverage, can we all just take a deep, cleansing breath? In fact, take four or five. I usually deal in crime statistics, but this week, let’s ...

Time to bring key manufacturing home

Editorials

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 ...

Going viral: Politicizing this pandemic gets us nowhere

National Columnists

By now the tropes have become almost typical. Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, drumming up irrational fears in the media, and causing an economic meltdown, all in hopes of bringing down the president. It has even been floated that climate change activists are actively hyping the ...

Amidst a pandemic, completing the semester online at MSU

Community Columnists

I fully realize you might be tiring of reading news related to COVID-19, and thus looking for another subject to temporarily take your mind off current circumstances. However, as this serious public health crisis expands and the virus continues disrupting daily life for people across the globe, ...

Omdahl off the mark with anti-coal opinion

Letters to the Editor

Jason Bohrer, Bismarck Columnist Lloyd Omdahl’s recent opinion piece “Lowering the coal industry down gently” seems ill-timed considering the role that the state’s seven lignite-based power plants are playing in the national defense against the coronavirus. Baseload power - the ...

A call to action

Community Columnists

The North Dakota AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions in North Dakota, urges the North Dakota Legislature to immediately take swift and decisive action to help working families through these difficult times. COVID-19 has and will take a major toll on our working families, union and ...

You can count on your credit union

Letters to the Editor

Jeffrey Olson, Bismarck The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has us all feeling worried and a little uncertain, whether it’s how long we’ll need to continue social distance or what our community will look like once it’s passed. But one thing Dakotans can count on right now ...

ND Has a Lot of Social Distance

Community Columnists

While most people have been badmouthing the coronavirus, I am trying to look on the positive side. This hope that we will bounce back the better is unfounded. We need to search for the good side of the virus attack. So far, there are two positives, pun not intended. If North Dakota plays its ...

Thoughts in a time of distress

Letters to the Editor

Boniface Muggli, Richardton It’s been a long few weeks. Many of our lives have been uprooted. We are afraid, confused, wondering what will happen. How can we know what to do, what to think? It helps to listen to the Gospels the Church holds out to us in these weeks of Lent. Jesus is the ...

Time to double-down on attitude of helping others

Editorials

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 — ...

America needs a formula for reopening

National Columnists

This week, President Donald Trump began openly considering at what point the American government ought to take steps to reopen the American economy. He explained: “Our country wasn’t built to be shut down. America will again and soon be open for business,” suggesting that the timeline ...

Make good decisions in these stressful times

Editorials

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 ...

When to end the coronavirus lockdown? Soon

National Columnists

New facts about coronavirus are pouring in from scientists around the globe. This information needs to guide our response. People infected are most contagious before they have symptoms, and some spread the infection widely but never get sick themselves, reports the International Journal of ...

A lesson from coronavirus

National Columnists

If anything good can come from the coronavirus pandemic, it is the revelation of America’s overreliance on China, especially when it comes to drugs. Interviewed by NBC News, retired Brigadier General John Adams said, “Basically, we’ve outsourced our entire industry to China. That is a ...

The togetherness of social distancing

National Columnists

As the coronavirus stops normal life, trapping more Americans in their homes, some have raised the specter of another health threat: loneliness. Before this crisis seized our anxieties, much discussion centered around the dangers of perceived social isolation and feeling cut off from others. ...

Let cops deal with spoiled brats at the beach

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...