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Opinion

Bill would be boost to infrastructure projects

Community Columnists

Every session, hundreds of proposed bills wind their way through the political process at the North Dakota Legislature. A unique feature of our Legislature is that every bill receives a hearing, no matter how large or small the issue or the effect of the proposed legislation. The 2021 ...

A Tale of two pipelines

Letters to the Editor

George Goodman, Williston “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” After four years under President Trump and a few weeks into new President Biden’s term, this opening line from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities may accurately depict their two terms for everyone, ...

A regional economic impact of $226 million

Community Columnists

Every two years, in conjunction with North Dakota’s biennial Legislative Session, the North Dakota University System (NDUS) works with researchers from NDSU’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics to assess the overall financial impact of the 11-campus NDUS. The report, ...

Stimulus program numbers don’t add up

Letters to the Editor

Kevin Nelson, Minot I cannot understand how our leaders in Washington plan for another $1.9 trillion stimulus program and such limited information on it is given to the general public. Doesn’t anyone do the math? This stimulus amounts to about $5,700 for each person in the country or in ...

Legislatures corrupt the redistricting process

Community Columnists

After every federal decennial census, the legislatures across the country carve out districts for the election of state legislators. In this process, it makes little difference whether the state is Republican or Democrat. This will happen in liberal Massachusetts and conservative North ...

Wind energy has huge value

Letters to the Editor

Laurie Odden, Executive Director, Rugby Chamber of Commerce As we enter the new year in full swing, one of our “resolutions” in 2021 is to continue supporting the resiliency of our great local businesses. 2020 was an unprecedented year for us all, and this year will be focused on the ...

Hold nursing homes accountable

Letters to the Editor

Josh Askvig, Bismarck AARP North Dakota strongly opposes a bill in the N.D. Legislature that grants nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care (LTC) facilities immunity related to COVID-19. House Bill 1175 strips away the rights of residents and their families to ...

Support transgender athletes

Letters to the Editor

Kevin Tengesdal, Bismarck North Dakota House Bill 1298 is a bill to create and enact a new section to chapter 14-02.4 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to participation in athletic events exclusively for males or females. Representative Ben Koppelman, District 16 West Fargo, ...

What is the “State of Emergency” we are now in?

Letters to the Editor

Kolette Kramer, Towner First off, let me say I do believe COVID is real. It is a virus that effects a lot of us. Some handle it better than others. Some couldn’t handle it and are no longer with us. I am not making light of that fact. Our state, our communities, and our livelihoods ...

City mayors: Emergency powers still needed

Letters to the Editor

Mayor Bernie Dardis - West Fargo Mayor Brandon Bochenski - Grand Forks Mayor Dave Carlsrud - Valley City Mayor Dick Johnson - Devils Lake Mayor Dwaine Heinrich - Jamestown Mayor Howard Klug - Williston Mayor Philip Riely - Watford City Mayor Scott Decker - Dickinson Mayor Shawn ...

Minot AFB plays important role in local economy

Editorials

Minot Air Force Base’s annual economic impact report always is a bright spot in the area’s economy. 2nd Lt. Rein Marie Northrop of the base’s 5th Comptroller Squadron on Thursday presented the base’s fiscal year 2020 report during a Zoom meeting with members of the Minot Area Chamber ...

Real Socialism

National Columnists

People hate America’s big disparities in wealth. It’s a reason why, among young people, socialism is as popular as capitalism. The Democratic Socialists of America want a country based on “freedom, equality and solidarity.” That sure sounds good. But does socialism bring that? ...

Joe Biden’s left-wing start

Editorials

Joe Biden is off to the most left-wing start of any Democratic president in recent memory. The dulcet tones of Biden’s inaugural address already seem an artifact of a bygone era. Republicans will hammer him for the rest of his presidency for failing to deliver on his unifying message, but ...

Biden’s Department of Homeland Sleaze Chief

National Columnists

Everything old is new again. The corruptocracy of the Obama administration is back with a vengeance in the White House. Once more, the “S” in “DHS” stands not for security — but for sleaze. Our nation is back for sale to the highest foreign bidders and their “America last” ...

‘Free speech for me, but not for thee’

National Columnists

Long a stalwart defender of the First Amendment, the American media is now having second thoughts. For decades, it was a commonplace sentiment among journalists that freedom of the press was one of the glories of our system. It helped to make the government accountable and to air diverse ...

Every day needs to be vaccination day

Editorials

Two straight weeks of good news: COVID-19 cases are declining, hospitalizations are down and the daily pace of vaccinations is on the rise nationwide. What’s not to celebrate? Yet, the nation’s leading infectious disease experts are warning us that the situation is dire because new, more ...

Congress bows to the pen and the phone

Editorials

President Joe Biden has proved that, if nothing else, he has a pen and a phone. According to The Economist, he signed more executive orders in his first two days than President Donald Trump signed in nearly his first two months. And he was just getting started. Republicans have no ...

Understanding the American voters

National Columnists

Regular readers of this space may recall that I believe Americans are the most optimistic of voters. Think about it: With the exception of those who were already here when Christopher Columbus arrived and those who were brought here against their will in chains, every American is either an ...