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Opinion

October – YOU time

Community Columnists

FALL…it is my favorite time of year! I love the leaves’ changing colors, the crunching sound they make under my feet while outside enjoying the day. Football is FINALLY back on airwaves, and in some areas, our kids are back on the field. The air is cool, and the sweatshirts are back! ...

Learning to have patience and grace

Letters to the Editor

Charissa Rubey, Cayuga Has anyone else noticed that it’s harder to listen these days? Harder to have the patience and grace to hold your tongue and allow another person to share their thoughts and feelings? It seems like we all are walking time bombs, just waiting for another warm body ...

When leaders fail to lead

Letters to the Editor

Liz Anne Conmy, Fargo This fall, a small town school board in western North Dakota surveyed parents to determine what measures to take against Covid-19 when school started. Parents overwhelmingly stated no masks, no distancing… let’s be normal. Now, Covid-19 cases are rising among ...

Leave your “grumpies” at home

Letters to the Editor

Apryl Davenport, Deering I have had the honor of volunteering for the USDA Farmer to Families National Program collaborating with Great Plains Food Bank under the direction of Matty K. This federal program made available produce boxes for families and food pantries in and around the Minot ...

Praying for a peaceful election

Editorials

Unless the Nov. 3 presidential election is decided decisively, one way or the other, there is a distinct possibility of civil unrest in some of the nation’s cities. Both federal law enforcement officials and their counterparts in some states recognize that and are taking steps to be prepared ...

Conservative answers for poverty

National Columnists

The Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett provide a fitting warmup act to the presidential election that will follow in a few weeks. The rancor pouring forth from this confirmation flows from the very deep divide in the nation — conservative versus liberal — ...

Fear and loathing in the Democratic Party

National Columnists

For the past four years, the national story about the Republican Party has been that President Donald Trump has damaged it, if not destroyed it; that it is in utter disarray and rife with internal dissension; that its voters are fleeing; and that the party must distance itself from Trump if it ...

Breaking news: Not everything is terrible

National Columnists

We devote a lot of mental energy to things that are going wrong or could go wrong. It’s human nature. As the sociobiologists teach us, our ancestors were not the ones who heard a rustling in the grass and figured, “Eh, it’s probably nothing.” We are descended from the ones who said: ...

Turning to violence over politics is un-American

Editorials

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror, disgust. Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do so, ...

Racial deception

National Columnists

During slavery, many black women, often in a forcible union with a white man, bore mixed-race children. Based on their percentage of white blood, they were deemed “mulattos,” “quadroons,” “octoroons” or even “hexadecaroons.” Depending on skin color, they could pass as white and ...

High-tech weapon deployed in fight against child abuse

Editorials

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...

Social media censorship — fact-checking your news source

National Columnists

There are no laws to shield people from misinformation. So, as the nation chugs toward the final stretch of the presidential campaign season, Americans need to take a good look at where they gathered the information that forms their political opinions. If your news flows primarily from ...

Is war with China becoming inevitable?

National Columnists

"The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ominously warned on Friday. He spelled out what he meant to commentator Larry O’Connor: “The Chinese have now begun to amass huge forces against India in the north. ... They ...

Bureaucracy has no place in vaccine availability

Editorials

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts a ...

Painfully public and publicly painful

National Columnists

When I was a younger man — shortly after the cooling of the Earth — I worked in and managed political campaigns. In addition to Ohio Gov. John Gilligan and Boston Mayor Kevin H. White, I worked on the presidential campaigns of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy of New York, Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine, ...

Voters are front line against election errors

Editorials

Well, so much for questions about whether enormous mistakes may occur in handling presidential election ballots. One already has. It was reported last week that nearly 50,000 — 50,000! ­— voters in Franklin County, Ohio, received incorrect mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election. The ...

Trump’s order discourages discussion of race and gender

National Columnists

"I didn’t know.” Those were the first words my friend, a white guy named Dave, spoke to me the day after the first episode of “Roots,” which depicted the capture and enslavement of an African boy named Kunta Kinte. This was 43 years ago. So you can perhaps imagine my frustration ...

Don’t let COVID-19 hold you prisoner

Editorials

It has been seven months since Americans began locking down against COVID-19. Many have attempted to get back to “normal” by donning masks, washing hands more frequently and taking a step or two backwards sometime, to maintain social distancing. But many others have remained cloistered at ...

Facts are enough to defeat Measure #1

Community Columnists

For a variety of reasons, Measure #1 doubling the size of the Board of Higher Education is a bad idea. Four management organizations say that eight-member boards are more effective, more efficient than 15-member boards. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is presently the right size ...