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Opinion

A culture war battle trump can win

National Columnists

Speaking at Mount Rushmore on Friday, and from the White House lawn on Saturday, July 4, Donald Trump recast the presidential race. He seized upon an issue that can turn his fortunes around, and the wounded howls of the media testify to the power of his message. Standing beneath the ...

Congress needs to save cash

Editorials

It might not happen often, but then once is too often. Believe it or not, some merchants don’t accept cash. Go figure. The American greenback has been welcome around the world for decades because it is solid currency. Yet, in our own country – today – American money is not good enough ...

Random thoughts while not out ‘protesting’

National Columnists

At a time in America when one’s race has never been less important, the left has taught an entire generation of the most privileged Americans ever to view the world through race-tinted glasses. There were 13 Baltimore high schools where, in 2017, 0% of students could do math at grade ...

Makoti Threshing Show provides everyone a good time

Editorials

COVID-19 has been terrible to the world, the United States and North Dakota in so many ways. People sick, lives lost – all of us hurting in some way or another, mostly for each other. Locally, some of our most cherished events such as the State Fair and Norsk Hostfest have been canceled. ...

When in the course of human events

National Columnists

"Government requires make-believe. Make believe that the king is divine, make believe that he can do no wrong or make believe that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Make believe that the people have a voice or make believe that the representatives of the people are the people. Make ...

Other countries must help stop Iran from nuclear capabilities

Editorials

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Polls apart

National Columnists

New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the ...

Lessons learned

National Columnists

The last few weeks have provided plenty of support for the political positions traditionally espoused by conservatives. Some of the evidence is so painfully obvious it’s hard to believe there could be any dispute about it. And yet, disputes there are. In fact, the divisions in this country ...

Racism harms children’s health

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Kathy Anderson, President, North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics As we have all witnessed images of violence and the intensity of on-going protests and social unrest, we are reminded of how all of us are impacted by systemic racism and those of us consciously or ...

A reason to protest

National Columnists

Protesters say America’s criminal justice system is unfair. It is. Courts are so jammed that innocent people plead guilty to avoid waiting years for a trial. Lawyers help rich people get special treatment. A jail stay is just as likely to teach you crime as it is to help you get a new ...

Coronavirus ‘ain’t over till it’s over’

Community Columnists

The literature created by Yankee catcher Yogi Bera is more correct today than at any time in our national experience. While many North Dakotans are behaving as though the pandemic is over and it is safe to romp about without safeguards, it “ain’t over till it’s over.” This virus is ...

No reason not to wear a mask

Letters to the Editor

Cody Stanley, Grand Forks In North Dakota we have a population that is a majority of people who are self-proclaimed as Pro-Life and Pro-Business. With this type of population, I am curious as to why so few people wear face masks in North Dakota? Facemasks are not some liberal plot to end ...

Time to mask up

Letters to the Editor

James Lein, Minot After reading a column and an editorial with the “wear the damn mask” message, I dug out the old BOIL THE DAMN WATER tee shirt from the flood summer of 2011 – a reminder that it’s time to get serious about combating the coronavirus pandemic. It’s not about who ...

Recalling a good deed

Letters to the Editor

Hilary Godard, Gnesen Township, Minn. When people who don’t know disparage North Dakota, I reply “Let me tell you a story...”. On July 3rd last year we were headed west from Duluth, Minn., on a three-week trip. As we were leaving Minot on westbound US 2, we ran over one of those ...

The Next Focus for the LGBTQ+ Community

Letters to the Editor

Faye Seidler, Fargo On June 15th, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals was discrimination based on sex. This ruling gives LGBTQ+ individuals across our nation protection from discrimination within employment as well as potentially ...

DC is already a ‘state’

National Columnists

In the latest of many cynical and highly political moves, the House of Representatives last week passed a measure that would transform the District of Columbia and make it the 51st state. “DC,” as it is often abbreviated by locals, is already a “state.” It is a state of corruption, ...

Our age of superstition

National Columnists

We live in a society gripped by a quasi-religious fervor and obsessed with symbols and irrational fears. Anything that is thought to have the slightest association with racism, no matter how attenuated the connection or how innocent the explanation, must be crushed and expunged. The mere ...

Has government gone too far in keeping us safe?

Editorials

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a ...

Washington bureaucrats drag their feet against virus

National Columnists

In a pandemic, government efficiency can make the difference between life and death. You’d expect our civil “servants” to rise to the occasion. Some are. But the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, is sounding the alarm that, for the most part, Washington bureaucrats are ...