Opinion

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 ...

Let’s make it harder

Letters to the Editor

Duane Stahl Valley City Are we willing to surrender independence and sovereignty? Recently, Mexico passed a progressive labor reform bill, bringing the U.S. closer to ratifying the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). This could lead to a North American Union (NAU), just as ...

Legislature controls performance audits

Letters to the Editor

Rosco Streyle Minot The proposal to amend some of the ND State Auditors powers came from the Legislature. It stemmed directly from concerns about the Auditor shifting general fund dollars to his own budget through performance audits. The Auditor also sought huge increases in his budget ...

Losing free speech

Letters to the Editor

Mark Nichols Crosby Winter is over with! Right? I took to social media to share my feelings on the cost of electric heat and how expensive it is. As I shared my post with different groups did the social media system want me to confirm why I am sharing the same post. After I responded to ...

Facebook knows who you are

Letters to the Editor

Phil Weigel Minot In the past, I have written about Social Media Censorship and how those of us who don’t conform to the leftist ideology can be labeled as “deplorable.” Sadly, my fears have come to pass. On May 3rd of 2019, Facebook announced the bannings of several high-profile ...

Doc Walk leads the way

Editorials

On Wednesday, Dr. Dawn Mattern, after offering a few words of encouragement and some sound fitness advice, began the 11th annual Doc Walk, in Minot’s Oak Park. Mattern, a Sports Medicine physician with Trinity Health, led about 35 people on a walk around the popular park – at whatever ...

The perils of not impeaching a rogue president

Community Columnists

For a guy claiming to be the most innocent man ever, President Trump’s sure working hard to cover up his innocence. Last week he flip-flopped like a carp in the sand about having The Grand Exonerator, Robert Mueller, testify before Congress. Apparently, facts might confuse people. Nor does ...

Why scorn matters

National Columnists

This week, the Met Gala took place in New York City. The event has always been a showpiece for celebrities seeking to make a splash, from Rihanna in her Pope costume to Katy Perry dressed as a chandelier. This year's event was designed in homage to Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, "Notes on Camp." ...

Workforce shortage is a tough issue to address

Editorials

his week, the Greater North Dakota Chamber opined that the Legislature made good strides in addressing the workforce shortage that is problematic for many businesses, isn’t good for potential state growth, and which is a challenge to address through statewide policy. One bill provided $3 ...

Independent journalists

National Columnists

'm not going to let them bully me out of reporting," said Tim Pool after recording an Antifa protest where angry activists cursed at him. There might have been violence, but Antifa's "de-escalation team" protected him, he says. That surprised me. "Antifa has a de-escalation team?" I ask ...

Keeping fake illegal alien families together

National Columnists

ho remembers the hysterical sound and fury of open borders leftists last summer over President Donald Trump's detention and enforcement policies at our besieged southern border? Remember the #FamiliesBelongTogether, #WhereAreTheChildren, #AbolishICE and #MeltICE hashtags? Remember the ...

Deadline for gathering space property is risky

Editorials

News this week that the City of Minot is considering creating timeline for property acquisition for the proposed downtown gathering space is a dilemma, one with contrasting points of view. The gathering space, funded by Resilience money as part of the city’s overall plan approved by HUD, ...

Heidi Heitkamp is probably running for governor in 2020

Community Columnists

ere’s a bold prediction: Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is probably going to run for governor. I don’t think she wants to be president of the University of North Dakota. Her name has been thrown around a bit for that job, and while she’s played coy when asked if she’d take the gig, ...

City faces tough choice on flood control

Editorials

According to city officials, the City of Minot faces a serious quandary ahead of them in terms of budgeting and planning. Exactly, how much money does the city allocate to flood control at the expense of other city needs is the dilemma. That’s what the Minot City Council was struggling ...

Is Bolton steering Trump into war with Iran?

National Columnists

Last week, it was Venezuela in America's gun sights. "While a peaceful solution is desirable, military action is possible," thundered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "If that's what is required, that's what the United States will do." John Bolton tutored Vladimir Putin on the meaning of ...

Burgum right to decry ND Legislature’s lack of transparency

Editorials

There are many, much worse legislative bodies than the N.D. Legislature when it come to transparency. However, the comparison to entities in other states, with different guidelines, is unfair to our Legislature. We are our own entity, with our own rules and state constitutional mandates. ...