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Opinion

Little faith in Legacy Fund

Letters to the Editor

Troy Johnson Williston Wasn’t the Legacy Fund supposed to be the rainy day fund for North Dakota? I was told when it started, we would use this money for when the state really needs help. Well what gives? People getting and have gotten laid off due to (COVID-19) and Biden closing down ...

How to tackle the monstrous predicament Trump left behind

National Columnists

his week's Senate impeachment trial is unlikely to convict Donald Trump of inciting sedition against the United States. At least 17 Republican senators are needed for conviction, but only five have signaled they'll go along. Why won't Republican senators convict him? After all, it's an ...

Two thankful 95-year-old ladies

Letters to the Editor

Jean Marks Billie German Minot Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the people who helped with administering over 700 vaccines on Saturday, January 23, 2021. It was well organized. Nobody waited in line. Everybody was so helpful. We appreciated everyone so much. And we are doing ...

“All electric” has drawbacks

Letters to the Editor

Kevin Nelson Minot I recently read an article in the North Dakota Living magazine that compared the energy cost of an all electric Chevy Bolt to that of a gasoline powered car. The short synopsis sounded wonderful. The Bolt’s energy cost was between 2.6 and 4.8 cents per mile, ...

Green Deal would bring huge profits for farmers

Letters to the Editor

Collin Evenson Devils Lake An article “My day without oil,” written by Dennis Johnson, concentrated on plastics made from crude oil. In 1940, Henry Ford manufactured a car whose body was completely made of plastic. The plastic was made from corn oil. Velva North Dakota has a huge oil ...

A tribute to the Supreme Mary Wilson

National Columnists

A couple days ago, I found myself humming along to a Supremes song. Then I did what everyone does today, in the age of the internet: I logged onto YouTube, found a music video and lost myself in some vintage footage of the 1960s supergroup performing some of their greatest hits. It was a ...

The minimum wage can be tricky

National Columnists

There are studies -- oh, there are studies -- on how hiking the minimum wage affects employment. And good studies contradict other good studies. The problem is that the mechanics linking wages to jobs have a lot of moving parts. The details matter. Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an ...

The depth of Donald Trump’s criminal rampage

National Columnists

As the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump unfolds, it’s impossible to overstate the damage this one thoroughly unqualified political outsider has wrought on this country, its most basic democratic principles and its ethical standards. The decision of President Joe Biden’s ...

COVID-19 relief needs to be fair

National Columnists

Small-business owners are struggling to survive the pandemic and government-imposed lockdowns. But white male business owners have an added problem. While politicians are offering loans and grants to minority-owned and women-owned businesses, they could care less about helping white ...

Socialism never works

National Columnists

Last week, I reported on two myths about socialism. My new video covers three more. Myth No. 3: Socialism works if it’s “democratic.” As the Democratic Socialists of America put it, “Society should be run democratically -- to meet public needs, not to make profits for a ...

The very real personal costs of the COVID-19 pandemic

National Columnists

OK, I have good news and bad news about the murder rate in America. First, the good news. The homicide rate is not as bad as it once was. In 1995, the U.S. murder rate was about twice as high as it is now. Now for the bad news. While final statistics for 2020 are not yet completely ...

A moment for Jim DeMint

National Columnists

Sixty-one Republicans in the House voted to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as Chair of the House Republican Conference last week. Earlier in the day, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said that those opposed to Cheney had the votes to oust her. Earlier in the week, some House conservatives claimed they had over ...

The spending addiction

National Columnists

The problem with free money is that it leads to an addiction much like an addition to drugs. In the case of the $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that has no Republican support, Congress is the supplier, while those on the receiving end become increasingly addicted to government and less ...

Impeaching Trump is petty and useless

National Columnists

The election is over; Joe Biden is in the White House; and Donald Trump has returned to his home in Florida. While vocally unhappy with the outcome, Trump didn’t refuse to leave Washington, which was suggested as a remote possibility by Forbes senior contributor Jack Kelly. In the wake of the ...

Erasing classic literature for kids

National Columnists

When I was a boy about 11, I committed a crime that changed my life. I stole a book. I was a book thief. I found it in another kid’s desk and began reading, hiding it behind some boring textbook, and couldn’t give it up. And when the last bell rang, I hid it furtively under my jacket ...

Political hypocrisy on deficits and the national debt

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On April 1, 2018, when Thad Cochran retired after 40 years as a U.S. senator from Mississippi, he made history; Cochran was the last Republican in Congress to have ever voted to increase federal taxes. He had done so on Dec. 19, 1990, when Republican President George H.W. Bush, deeply concerned ...

Detroit puts pedal to the metal toward clean energy future

National Columnists

General Motors has just delivered an electric shock to the automotive world. America’s biggest automaker says that it wants its entire vehicle lineup to be electric by 2035. That’s a mere 14 years from now. This shouldn’t be a shock. Electric cars are coming at us fast. But recall ...

The American public has a right to information

National Columnists

The American public deserves the truth — from its politicians and from any and all media. This should be a noncontroversial statement. But it is controversial, apparently. Not only are we not being told the truth; we are being prevented from hearing the truth told to us by anyone who has it ...