Opinion

Super two lane highway concept worth watching

Editorials

Economics change dramatically, particularly in energy country. Needs and trends also tend to change quickly and intensely. Facilitating transportation in our part of the country and between Canada and the U.S. is extremely important to the future of North Dakota’s economy. That’s why the ...

Is Liberalism a dying faith?

National Columnists

Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic — and the model for mankind’s future. Equality, diversity, democracy — this ...

Snakes as pets can have unexpected impact

Editorials

It isn’t always the ramifications of a decision that prompt it to be looked back on as a good or bad choice. Often, perhaps more often, it is the law of unintended consequences. According to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, “The law of unintended consequences, often cited but ...

Higher ed board plays defense

Community Columnists

LLeaders of the Board of Higher Education were remarkably defensive last week, even for a group that has been so often under siege. The evidence appeared in a single issue of the Grand Forks Herald, in a front-page story and in a letter to the editor, both printed on Oct. 12. The letter ...

DAPL demonstrates who really cares about North Dakota

Editorials

The spectacle of Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protesters attacking their own protectors, attacking North Dakota civilians, damaging property and killing ranchers’ animals offered a stark contrast to how the rioters were portrayed in national media: as some kind of 1960s activists challenging ...

A CNN smear

National Columnists

Did you happen to catch CNN's latest smear? Anderson Cooper's show recently featured a "two-part exclusive" that claims Donald Trump's EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to "withdraw environmental restrictions" so the company could dig "the largest open pit mine in ...

Beware the rape allegation bandwagon

National Columnists

"#MeToo" is the social media meme of the moment. In a 24-hour period, the phrase was tweeted nearly a half million times and posted on Facebook 12 million times. Spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollyweird's Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, women have flooded ...

Are the feds clouding a solution to opioid abuse?

Editorials

According to a recent story by 60 Minutes and the Washington Post, the federal government – notably the DEA and Congress – are part and parcel to the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation and ravaging even our own part of the country. According to a former DEA official, speaking to CBS, ...

Who pays what in Taxes?

National Columnists

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let’s look at who ...

Is war with iran now inevitable?

National Columnists

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After ...

Are ‘nuisance animals’ such a nuisance?

Editorials

While the City of Minot continues to address the issue of nuisance animals – notably turkeys and deer – in city limits, a few questions remain unaddressed, or at least under-addressed. Question one is whether or not the issue warrants such a focus from local government in the first ...

Who will not be the 2020 presidential nominee

National Columnists

On 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation’s next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify — and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify — as plausible White House ...

Trump cannot abide the separation of powers

National Columnists

At the core of Donald Trump’s frustrations in the Oval Office appears to be his inability or unwillingness to accept the basic concept in the American political system of the separation of powers. Election as president has given him the keys to the executive branch only. He is the ...

Resistance should be more than obstinance

Editorials

On one hand, two scenes couldn’t possibly be any different. Many North Dakotans are still upset at the spectacle that was the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protest. Protesters – often in aggregate looking more like a Burning Man audience – expressed their dismay at the legal, approved ...

Today’s turn-of-the-century problems

National Columnists

Is America in a new Gilded Age? That's the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call "turn-of-the-century" America, the 1890s to the ...

Trump head, Pence tail

National Columnists

If a metaphor could be used for this White House, it might be a two-sided coin with President Trump the head and Vice President Mike Pence the tail. The president tends toward the bombastic to get people's attention and make his points, while his vice president is calm and measured in his ...

Plan for a purple Thursday

Editorials

However deep people need to dig into their closets to find something purple, they are encouraged to this Thursday. On Thursday, people will be wearing purple on National Domestic Violence Awareness Day and, locally, wearing purple also celebrates Minot Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s 40 ...

Higher education shouldn’t be run by politicians

Community Columnists

Whenever we think there is a problem in government, the first solution that comes to mind is to move the boxes on the organizational chart. If the street sweepers used a scandalous amount of water, change the form of government from commission to mayor-council. Or if we already have a ...

Name change appropriate

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has recently proposed reducing the graduation requirements for our university system. Although I have been unable to find the proposed changes it is very concerning that this is the course we are taking. In an ealier Letter to ...