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Spend wisely for our troops

February 12, 2015 Four U.S. senators who may be viewed by some as unlikely allies are sponsoring a bill that could be one small step toward a rational defense spending policy. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. more »»

Fairness and justice

February 12, 2015 Oxfam reports that the richest 1 percent of people in the world own 48 percent of the world’s wealth. Many claim that we should be alarmed by income inequality because it hampers upward mobility. more »»

What makes Rand Paul strange

February 12, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. more »»

National Prayer Breakfast ... let us prey

February 12, 2015 There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. more »»

Benefits don’t outweigh the downside

February 11, 2015 This week the North Dakota House will vote on whether to raise the tobacco tax for the first time since 1993. A proposal by Rep. more »»


February 11, 2015 As if we aren’t already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of... more »»

Mike Huckabee vs. Beyonce

February 11, 2015 Republican presidential candidates usually avoid any criticism of Hollywood, ever since Vice President Dan Quayle attacked “Murphy Brown” in 1992 for choosing to be a single mother on TV. more »»

President Obama: Rev. Wright’s star pupil

February 11, 2015 “A steady patriot of the world alone, “The friend of every country — but his own. more »»

Aid Jordan on the front lines

February 10, 2015 Islamic State terrorists have beheaded Christian children, buried prisoners alive and crucified people, often videotaping their atrocities and sharing them with the worl. more »»

A fine romance: online daters hire private eyes

February 10, 2015 She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer. more »»

Borrowed valor

February 10, 2015 Let me see if I understand this: Chris Kyle was not a hero, but Brian Williams was? What do we make of Williams’ attempt to snatch some vicarious honor? The response to “American Sniper” should no... more »»

Education is the business of the states

February 10, 2015 WASHINGTON — In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid and the states would have complete responsibility for... more »»

Restrict nicotine products

February 9, 2015 The 2015 North Dakota Legislature is in a position to do the state and a lot of its citizens a lot of good. Legislators should pass House Bill 1265. more »»

The real civics test for raising good citizens

February 9, 2015 March “Dad, I heard the cops picked you up again for driving tipsy?” “Those stupid cops are just out to hassle the taxpayers for no good reason” “Did they find out that you were driving without a... more »»


February 9, 2015 Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they’re important because they are parasites. more »»

Whose job is it to kill ISIS?

February 9, 2015 Seeing clips of that 22-minute video of the immolation of the Jordanian pilot, one wonders: Who would be drawn to the cause of these barbarians who perpetrated such an atrocity? While the video... more »»

Rec center an ambitious idea, for sure

February 8, 2015 Over the last week or two, the Minot Park District has announced an ambitious plan to build an indoor recreation center in Mino. more »»

Welcome to my Twitterverse

February 8, 2015 I am probably 10 years late, but last week I finally opened a Twitter account and began tweeting. more »»

The rape of Ukraine

February 8, 2015 In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touted his Ukraine strategy as a demonstration of “the power of American strength and diplomacy. more »»

The vanilla power of Republican Scott Walker

February 8, 2015 Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in America, not because it is the best (that would be coffee) but because it is the least objectionable. more »»



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