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Opinion

For what should we fight Russia or China?

National Columnists

Last Monday, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. Last week also brought reports that Moscow is increasing its troop presence in Crimea ...

Take me out of the ballgame

National Columnists

When the NFL decided not to punish players who kneeled during the pre-game national anthem, some fans reacted by refusing to attend games, buy league merchandise, or watch games on TV. It took several years for the NFL to win fans back and some -- like me -- broke the habit and never returned, ...

Readers to Politicians: You’re not listening!

National Columnists

A few weeks ago, this column focused on the need for citizens who are unhappy with the state of our political and justice systems to speak up about their concerns. Your opinion can’t be counted if you stay silent, I wrote. Or as one of my readers put it, “We now have the government that ...

The dollar sign president

National Columnists

So far, the defining word of the Biden era is “trillion.” The Joe Biden who portrayed himself as a moderate, old school, bipartisan dealmaker during the presidential campaign is now a distant memory. He’s been replaced by the Joe Biden who is dazzling progressives with his willingness ...

Too much risk aversion is too risky

National Columnists

"This is not politics,” President Joe Biden said last week. “Reinstate the mandate if you let it down.” Give him credit for consistency: When Gov. Greg Abbott ended Texas’ mask mandate last month, Biden called it “Neanderthal thinking.” But maybe the Neanderthals got it right. ...

Spring is a great opportunity for cleaning

Community Columnists

It’s time for some spring cleaning - literally and figuratively. First, the easy parts. The City of Minot’s annual spring clean up week is fast approaching. The 2021 event is scheduled for May 3-7, with the household hazardous waste collection event to be held on May 7-8 at the Public ...

A missed opportunity

Letters to the Editor

Kristie Wolff, Bismarck Last week, in an effort to return to the 1950s, Republican legislators voted to rescind North Dakota’s 1975 ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. It is hard to make sense of this vote, especially considering it came only two weeks after representative Luke ...

Joe Biden’s bid to remake America

National Columnists

If Joe Biden’s American Jobs Program, outlined in Pittsburgh, is enacted, then the federal government will take a great leap forward toward irreversible control of the destiny of the Republic. To finance this leap, to subsidize this giant stride toward socialism, U.S. corporations are to be ...

Building back better in North Dakota

Community Columnists

Just over a year ago the COVID-19 global health pandemic began the public health and economic crisis that infected almost 30 million people in the U. S. alone and took over 540,000 American lives. In North Dakota over 100,000 of our just 762,062 population were infected and 1466 fellow North ...

Where are the workers?

Letters to the Editor

Bob Ziegler, Minot I drive past Blu on Broadway daily and I haven’t seen any workers for two or three days now. It appears to be another screwed up city council boondoggle, destined to become another parking garage, i.e. a total waste of time, effort and MY money.

WalletHub rains on investment parade

Community Columnists

ust when the legislature was ready to break open the $8 billion Legacy Fund egg, an organization called WalletHub came out with a study that demeaned North Dakota’s ability to innovate, perhaps suggesting that we weren’t a very good opportunity for major venture capital investment after ...

April is Fair Housing Month

Letters to the Editor

Michelle Rydz, Grand Forks Every year in April, the nation celebrates the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act. The law was enacted only seven days after Martin Luther King was assassinated, and it remains one of his most important legacies. For 53 years, the nation has worked to reverse ...

Republicans getting nervous

Letters to the Editor

Warren Larson, Bismarck Is this YOUR North Dakota Republican (NDGOP) Party? Pushing new, confusing, and likely unconstitutional laws written by outsiders. Fighting the recent American Rescue Plan, yet pocketing their check. Stripping transparency and blatantly stating that redistricting ...

Mask mandates saved lives

Letters to the Editor

Renae Moch, Bismarck The North Dakota Public Health Association opposes HB 1323 before the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. HB 1323 would limit any state or local elected official or political subdivision from mandating the use of a face mask or facial covering, and if passed, the bill ...

President Bresciani is not king

Letters to the Editor

Linda Thorson, Edinburg President Bresciani, North Dakota State University President, defends the university’s ties to Planned Parenthood and states it is a matter of “academic freedom.” Bresciani demands the University receive state funds offered to the higher education challenge ...

The George Floyd narrative

National Columnists

It is difficult to change a narrative once it has been established in the public’s mind. A narrative was firmly fixed by the media, activists, and rioters prior to the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, which opened Monday. Chauvin is charged with murdering George ...

The voter suppression lie

National Columnists

President Joe Biden is so committed to bipartisan cooperation and fact-based governance that he’s launched an ignorant and incendiary attack on the new Georgia voting law. Biden says the new law is “Jim Crow in the 21st century” and “an un-American law to deny people the right to ...

Jim Crow and the Georgia voting law

National Columnists

At his news conference last Thursday, President Biden said of Georgia’s new voting law, “It makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.” Jim Crow was not a person, but unlike most former presidents, he has a museum: The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. The name came from a song written ...