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Opinion

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 ...

Has the whole world finally gone nuts?

National Columnists

The world seems to have gone nuts. People are seeing unidentified flying objects. The government confirms it. Sen. Marco Rubio claims UFOs are flying over our military installations. Pilots have videos of mysterious objects flying rapidly and making 90 degree turns -- something physically ...

When is legalized suicide acceptable, and when is it not?

National Columnists

And now there are 11. Eleven jurisdictions in the United States have now legalized the act of suicide when it is the product of consultation between a terminally ill patient and a qualified medical person. New Mexico’s legislature is the latest to approve such a bill called the End-of-Life ...

The politics of bigotry

National Columnists

epublicans are outraged -- outraged! -- at the surge of migrants on the southern border. The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, declares it a “crisis ... created by the presidential policies of this new administration.” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs claims “we go through some periods where ...

‘Baghdad Bob’ rides again

National Columnists

When I heard Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas say last Sunday on “Meet the Press” that the southern border “is closed,” it immediately brought to mind claims by Iraq’s former information minister — dubbed “Baghdad Bob” and “Comical Ali” (aka Mohammed Saeed ...

Americans should not have to live in foxholes

National Columnists

In the 14 days after the death of George Floyd, 19 people across the country died in violent protests. Not all the deaths were gun-related, and some of the dead were engaged in criminal activity. Nonetheless, the nation responded with shock and talked of little else in the weeks that followed. ...

Why the sudden changes?

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Dennis Sommers, Minot HB 1151 relating to telehealth within dentistry currently resides in the ND Senate. Amendments were added to the bill after earlier passage by the House that provided requirements for dental procedures and services sought by patients to be delivered by individuals ...

Innovation saves lives

National Columnists

There was a testy Twitter exchange last week between Bernie Sanders, the socialist Democratic U.S. senator from Vermont, and eccentric billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Sanders started by tweeting that Musk and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos have more wealth than “the bottom 40% of ...

Vaccine offers safe step toward normal

Community Columnists

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed daily life. North Dakotans continue to work toward herd immunity, a phase when more than 85% of residents become immune through exposure to the virus or immunization. Vaccinations provide a safe and effective solution to reach herd immunity ...

Oil is making my people sick

Community Columnists

This past week, oil and gas industry leaders, government officials, and other leaders in the energy world from North Dakota to Saudi Arabia gathered virtually for the annual CERAWeek conference. For years, industry representatives have gathered to tout their achievements and voluntary ‘green ...

Retirees can’t count on Cramer and Hoeven

Letters to the Editor

Al Thomas, Bismarck Over the past several years, Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven acted like they were supportive of the Butch Lewis Act – a bill that would protect the hard-earned pensions of retired workers across North Dakota and the U.S. from threats of massive cuts. But when ...

Where does it end?

Letters to the Editor

Christopher Jones, Minot While I think Minot may be a bastion of rationality in a world gone mad, even from this redoubt I do feel a need to draw a line in the sand. Or maybe I should say in the sandbox, given the topic. I have read recent articles about “cancel culture” and how it is ...

Another view on justice in sports

Letters to the Editor

Jane Hirst, Minot I am writing in response to the Local Opinion piece by Amber Vibeto titled “Counterfeit Justice in Sports.” Ms Vibeto has some valid concerns in her article, but also shared some ideas that I found to be either misleading or false. In particular, Amber asserted that ...

Another side of TR to consider

Letters to the Editor

M.L. Berg, Minot Teddy Roosevelt is perhaps best known in North Dakota for the time he spent in the Badlands in the 1880s. However, when it comes to Roosevelt’s views of Native Americans and Native American rights during this period, his record is far from unblemished. This point can be ...

Stopping climate change is the ultimate moon shot

National Columnists

As a pandemic hijacked the nation’s attention, we pushed aside other, even bigger problems. But now that COVID-19 is being cornered, the crisis of climate change is returning to page one. The threat of a rapidly warming planet is actually harder to deal with. It can’t be fixed with a ...