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Opinion

Right-wing hypocritical on local mandates

Community Columnists

The North Dakota House this week passed, by a narrow margin, a bill prohibiting state and local governments from enacting facemask mandates. Big mistake. Minot Rep. Jeff Hoverson said the bill prevents ”unelected, wealthy bureaucrats who are robbing our freedoms and perpetuating lies” ...

Infrastructure investment should be priority, not talking point

Editorials

(From the Feb. 23 Washington Times) "In July 2019, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee did something rare. We put aside the partisan theatrics consuming the 116th Congress, crafted a bipartisan highway bill, and unanimously passed it through committee. While this bill, ...

What is America’s mission?

National Columnists

"What is America’s mission?” is a question that has been debated since George Washington’s Farewell Address in 1797. At last week’s Munich Security Conference, President Joe Biden laid out his vision as to what is America’s mission. And the contrast with the mission enunciated by ...

Time for GOP to court immigrant voters

National Columnists

his is not going to be a popular opinion, but it is time for Republicans to stop demonizing illegal immigrants and begin recruiting them as voters. President Joe Biden is determined to give amnesty to the immigrants here illegally now, and whether by executive order (at last count, Biden has ...

‘I do not believe unity is possible’

National Columnists

Uh-oh. Joe Biden is talking unity again. It came last week at a CNN town hall in Milwaukee in response to a question about how he will bring Americans together. “I take issue with what everybody says about the division,” he replied. “The nation is not divided. You go out there and ...

Advantage Trump in the GOP civil war — for now

National Columnists

Well, it’s on. Donald Trump ended his post-presidency silence not with a blast at President Joe Biden, or at the left, or at the House impeachment managers, but at the true enemy — Mitch McConnell. The Trump forces aren’t forming a third party, but they do want to take over — or ...

Texas freeze underscores the extreme weather divide

National Columnists

Like the poor across America and much of the world, poor Texans are getting hammered by climate change. The state’s prevailing social Darwinism was expressed most succinctly by the mayor of Colorado City, who accused his constituents — trapped in near-subzero temperatures and complaining ...

Andrew Cuomo’s deadly lie

National Columnists

The people who hand out Emmy Awards should ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to return the one they gave him. Cuomo received an Emmy for what they called his “masterful” COVID-19 press briefings. The media lauded those performances, extolling his honesty and transparency. It now turns ...

Melania haters now loving Jill Biden

National Columnists

The liberal-Democrat media celebrated Valentine’s Day a traditional way: gushy tributes to the new first lady. On Feb. 12, Jill Biden tweeted on her @FLOTUS Twitter account a photo of herself, with a scrunchie in her hair, at a Washington, D.C., bakery picking up “Valentine’s treats for ...

Is Biden prepared to lose Afghanistan?

National Columnists

Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975? For that may be what’s at stake if Biden follows through on the 2020 peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1 — just two months from ...

Citizens Academy benefits community, and our officers

Community Columnists

It’s a difficult and challenging time for members of some law enforcement agencies around the country, as high-profile cases of alleged and proven wrong-doing by police officers in larger cities have put law enforcement officers under an even brighter spotlight than usual. While the Minot ...

Two Empty Suits

Letters to the Editor

Richard Budd, York The second impeachment trial is over. We who have “eyes to see and ears to hear” know the truth. The man incited an assault on the U.S. Capitol, indeed, an assault on our democracy. Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 were just the culmination of months of efforts to ...

Where’s the beef? Ask Bill Gates

National Columnists

What is it about people who are successful in one field and believe that gives them credence to serve as an expert in a totally unrelated field? Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and reportedly the fourth richest person on the planet, now self-identifies as a climate expert, and not only ...

Bizarre election bill, SB2271, must be defeated

Community Columnists

i think we can all agree that transparency is an important core principle of the American election system. Anything that gives the impression that something is being hidden creates doubt in the process and in the results. That’s why I’m especially concerned about a bill moving through the ...

Keep government out of abortion

Letters to the Editor

Mark Hanlon, Bismarck Abortion is a very sensitive, personal and private matter. Please help keep state government’s big nose OUT of it by writing your representatives in the state legislature to vote against the latest attempt to limit the operation of clinics that perform these procedures.

Self-serving has replaced the common good

Community Columnists

It should go without saying that democratic governments are created to serve the common good. But humans are fallen beings with wide streaks of self-interests. So when they get into the government, they have a tendency to subvert the common good to personal benefit. This may seem like an ...

Still a great need for coal

Letters to the Editor

Tim Rasmussen, Bismarck Rolling blackouts in North Dakota? Welcome to the new world of “green energy.” But be careful what you ask for. Wind doesn’t work when it’s too cold or too hot. Wind doesn’t work when the wind doesn’t blow or even when it blows too hard. Solar ...

It’s all about the party these days

Letters to the Editor

Bob McNamara, Upham What is with this nonsense of people wanting to beat up representatives and senators for not voting with their party in the impeachment. No one should give away the right to vote their conscience when elected, including Kevin Cramer foolishly swearing 100% allegiance to ...