Opinion

Marijuana laws remain a complicated issue

Editorials

With North Dakota’s new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana set to take effect on Aug. 1, an already complex issue that other states have also struggled with becomes even more murky in principle in our state. It isn’t that the issue has been simple prior to the state ...

Harvard’s insatiable identity-politics cannibals

National Columnists

I have no love for left-wing, Hillary-promoting Hollywood producer and accused #MeToo villain Harvey Weinstein. Nor am I a fan of those who perpetrated the cop-bashing "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" fiction involving social justice martyr Michael Brown. But I do strongly believe that a grave ...

Oversight isn’t in the GOP playbook

Community Columnists

I’ll admit it. I’m prejudiced against dummies. Not all of them. Just the duplicitous dumb ones who think they’re smart. You see how this leads directly to politics. I know I’ve been hard on Republicans, but it’s their own dang fault. If they weren’t so adamant about the 2nd ...

On crime and custody

Editorials

In most of the country, one of the primary objectives of child welfare services is to try whenever possible to keep families together and to reunite families after some life events temporarily separate children from their parents. It’s certainly a noble practice in a philosophical sense. ...

Will ND agriculture weather the trade conflict with China?

Editorials

There appear to be two sides to the controversy over an escalating trade/tariff conflict with China. Some believe it is pointless and will only hurt U.S. consumers and, in particular, farmers and ranchers who do business with China. After all, the argument goes, tariffs on Chinese goods are ...

Higher education in America

National Columnists

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder's new book, "Restoring the Promise," published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America's colleges ...

Back to the past with Joe Biden

National Columnists

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

At least shooting deaths are still shocking here

Editorials

According to the Chicago Tribune, 710 people have been victims of shootings in Chicago as of May 6. That’s 97 fewer shooting victims than in all of 2018, but the year isn’t even half over. It isn’t just Chicago. Other major metropolitan areas have their share of shootings to be sure. ...

The danger of dabbling in protectionism

National Columnists

A man who worked in a boxer's corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: "Things just went sour gradually all at once." It can be like that when government dabbles in protectionism. U.S. ...

For Joe Biden, on China it’s still the 1990s

National Columnists

Once upon a time, May 1 — May Day — was a day for working-class parades in factory towns. This year, it was a day for Joe Biden, to set off on his third presidential campaign in 32 years, to make news on the stump, not in a working-class venue but in the university town of Iowa City, now ...

Ollie Fiddler impressed athletes and non-athletes

Editorials

If you grew up in Minot in the heyday of fastpitch softball, you at least recognized the name Ollie Fiddler. He was in the news that much, or mentioned in conversations at barbershops, cafes and businesses – any place people discuss the news of the day and what impressed them about it. And ...

The Suicidal Equality Act of 2019

National Columnists

The House Judiciary Committee has voted out the Equality Act of 2019. It now heads for a vote on the House floor with 240 co-sponsors, which means its passage is virtually certain. The legislation amends all major civil rights law, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to include "sexual ...

Will a Growing Economy Reelect President Trump?

National Columnists

When it comes to the economy, 37% of voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 26% hold the opposite view and trust the Democrats more. The rest either don't trust either party (18%), trust both equally (10%) or are not sure (9%). On the one ...

A message for new graduates

Editorials

Just a few days ago, Minot State University celebrated its commencement ceremony – always a wonderful moment for students and their families. Soon, high school students will have similar experiences which are usually one of those things that create a lifetime of memories. ...

File your claim for reparations today

Community Columnists

Before launching into our main topic this week, I want to demonstrate that if you hang around long enough you can see history repeat itself, case in point: federal revenue sharing. Back in 1967, U.S. Treasury people were shocked to discover that the nation had more money than it could spend. ...

Little return from tax dollars

Letters to the Editor

Arnold Semchenko Minot I am writing about our poor roads on 30th St. from 37th Avenue to 54th Avenue. The road is only 1/2 a mile from the new Trinity Hospital creating a lot of dust from this area. Over 200 cars travel on this every day and one week after blading, it is like driving on ...

A solution to college debt

National Columnists

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in such professions. The Wall Street Journal ...

Hit the road

Letters to the Editor

Hal Gershman Grand Forks As the SBHE starts contemplating the next search committee for yet another president of the University of North Dakota I respectfully submit a suggestion: travel to do face-to-face interviews with persons who work with the candidates to get a true sense of their ...

Shop local

Letters to the Editor

Wayne Rowe Minot According to discussions of the Mayor and City Council reported by the newspaper - Sales Tax has become an issue. This issue goes hand in hand with a previous letter I submitted. It is very difficult to start a business in North Dakota. To take it one step further Minot ...