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Opinion

Bait and switch

Letters to the Editor

Linda Carter, Minot Here we go again. Last year Jason Sorenson told the City Council that a recycling program would cost the taxpayers about $4 more on their water bill. People responded unfavorably of adding another charge on their bill. Now this week Sorenson told the City Council ...

Don’t silence Natives

Letters to the Editor

Lisa DeVille, Mandaree Native communities have very few opportunities to voice our concern about major projects such as drilling, highways, pipelines right-of-ways, and industrial waste sites in our backyard. Yet the Trump Administration is trying to remove the few opportunities we do ...

New name not a fix

Letters to the Editor

Dylan Hennessy The article “Sexual avoidance course returns to Minot” published on January 29 is prompting a program that has been proven by multiple studies to fail our children. Abstinence-only now has a new name: “sexual risk avoidance” – however, a new name doesn’t fix the ...

Take a lesson from Norway

Letters to the Editor

Mike Williams, Fargo Great to hear from Gov. Doug Burgum in the 2020 State of the Union message that North Dakota’s Legacy Fund is growing, now at $6.8 billion. He mentioned that Norway’s Sovereign Fund is over $1 trillion. We discovered this when I traveled with a group of leaders ...

Grade-school behavior in D.C. must stop

Editorials

Much food for thought — and debate — was offered by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Among other things, Trump discussed the strong economy, including achievements such as the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans on record. ...

Iowa was very good for Bloomberg

National Columnists

The Iowa caucuses have long been nearly useless as a measure of Americans’ preferences for the next president. This year it has been more useless than usual. The next star of the Democratic contest will be New Hampshire, whose people are also overwhelmingly white and whose Democrats are ...

Acquitted but not exonerated

National Columnists

"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”— George Orwell, “1984” The Senate trial of President Donald Trump ended not with a bang but a whimper. What different outcome could one expect from a trial without so much as ...

Our enemies must know we mean business

Editorials

For generations, the U.S. nuclear arsenal was viewed as the ultimate deterrent. No one would dare attack us, we thought, out of fear of massive retaliation. But deterrence requires that a potential foe believe we might use powerful weapons. The very strength of some nuclear devices makes ...

The end of 2016

National Columnists

And so 2016 finally draws to a close. It’s been the longest election year in American history. It ran from Feb. 1, 2016, the date of the Iowa caucuses, to the Senate vote to acquit President Donald Trump on Wednesday. It’s true that Nov. 6, 2016, was a signal event in this ...

Hopefully other states learn from Iowa’s mistakes

Editorials

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa earlier this week. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go I” policy. But ...

After Trump acquittal, what’s next?

National Columnists

Just because the Senate (acquitted) President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” don’t think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun. Next is a campaign to defeat ...

Economics reality

National Columnists

I have been teaching economics since 1967 — 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo’s law about the independent influence of gravity on falling objects has not changed, neither have the ...

North Dakota’s bighorn sheep worth saving

Editorials

They’re back. Welcome home. In case you missed it, there was an important homecoming recently when bighorn sheep were released near Mandaree on the Fort Berthold reservation. It’s been 150 years since bighorns roamed that part of the state and their return was celebrated by those who ...

Donors are a lousy way to gauge political support

National Columnists

To get onstage at the last Democratic debate, a candidate had to have received contributions from at least 225,000 donors. That disqualified Mike Bloomberg. He has only one donor: himself. That rule sounded nice and democratic with a small “d,” but actually, it is a highly flawed way to ...

Ensuring color-blind justice is ongoing concern

Editorials

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. Last week, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, died last week in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was convicted ...

Moving in opposite directions on abortion

National Columnists

Even in our era of politics without precedent, few things are as inexplicable as the Democratic Party’s decision to take increasingly extreme positions on abortion while so much of the country moves in a different direction. The March for Life, held annually in Washington, D.C., around the ...

More attention to emerging diseases needed

Editorials

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising, because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll in ...

China’s environmental malpractice hurts everyone

National Columnists

Alot of things are going wrong on this planet, and a lot of those problems are made in China. The deadly coronavirus is being linked to “wet markets” that traffic in wildlife. Not only have these markets enabled the virus to pass from animals to humans but they have also contributed to the ...

Joe Biden must explain his Ukraine dealings

National Columnists

Democrats impeached President Donald Trump for putting his own political fortunes ahead of the national interest in dealing with Ukraine. But it’s Joe Biden who should be in the hot seat for that. Trump is criticized for a July 25 phone call, when he asked the president of Ukraine for ...