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September 28, 2016
Measure 4 is an end-around on ND's legislative process
As chairman of the House Finance and Taxation Committee, I'm writing to provide my thoughts regarding Measure 4 on the ballot this November....
September 28, 2016 - 6:36am
September 27, 2016
North Dakotans deserve better answers, accountability from Wells Fargo
Like most North Dakotans, when I walk into my local bank, I know and trust the folks behind the counter. They're my friends and neighbors, and they're incredibly dedicated to their work and to our community. That's why when I learned that at least 5,300 Wells Fargo employees had been...
September 27, 2016 - 6:41am
September 26, 2016
PORT: Marsy's Law campaign has been bizarre, insulting, and inaccurate
One of the most contentious areas of our criminal justice system is the balance between protecting the alleged victims of crimes and protecting...
September 26, 2016 - 6:36am
Measure 1 begs issue of representativeness
Measure No. 1 on the November ballot is a constitutional amendment that would require all legislators to live in the districts they represent and, if they move out of the district, they must resign. The proposed amendment is simple and direct, but it attempts to solve a problem that...
September 26, 2016 - 6:35am
September 20, 2016
1900 farmer loses his pants at harvest
There was a lot going on in Jamestown and in North Dakota in September of 1900. It was an election year and some of the national political figures were coming through town on whistle-stop tours. Theodore Roosevelt, candidate for vice president on the Republican ticket, and William...
September 20, 2016 - 7:02am
It’s time to act on recycling program
Six years ago, the Jamestown Area Chamber’s City Beautification Committee conducted a study that indicated that if the city implemented a recycling program, it would save one to two years of landfill space. The study also concluded that if the city automated its garbage pickup system,...
September 20, 2016 - 6:41am
September 19, 2016
Pity the owners of M&A bidding companies
The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.Shareholders in acquiring companies should be thankful: mergers and acquisitions are down sharply this year. Despite oceans of happy talk after nearly every merger about new synergies, efficiencies and growth,...
September 19, 2016 - 4:24pm
September 12, 2016
Ben Franklin in Bismarck for Pulitzer event
Ben Franklin, whose physiognomy adorns the Pulitzer medal, will be in North Dakota Sept. 24 to appear at the 100th anniversary celebration of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and history. Sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council, the appearance will take place at the Legacy...
September 12, 2016 - 6:46am
Vouchers for addiction treatment a great idea
For too long, North Dakota’s response to addiction issues has been dictated by psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “Law of the Instrument.” “Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding,” Maslow wrote in 1964. You’ve probably heard...
September 12, 2016 - 6:44am
September 5, 2016
Great suggestions for balancing state budget
Doug Burgum, probable-governor-elect, is making bold plans to get North Dakota thinking outside of the box in the same fashion as he did when overcoming barriers to creating the billion-dollar Great Plains Software empire. Having no prior government experience, he is not saddled with...
September 5, 2016 - 6:43am
August 30, 2016
National interests taking over state initiatives
When the initiated proposal for Marsy's Law, backed by California billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III, appeared in North Dakota, native commentators worried about out-of-state meddling in the state's initiative process. One of the opponents of Marsy's Law pinpointed the issue at a Bismarck...
August 30, 2016 - 8:54am
August 29, 2016
PORT: DHS audit revealed shameful conduct which put children at risk
MINOT, N.D.—"The Department of Human Services is not properly monitoring or suspending providers and notifying parents after confirmed...
August 29, 2016 - 6:32am
August 23, 2016
1885 Jamestown meteor displayed all around the world
Sometimes you find the oddest things out on the prairie. During the 1885 construction of a branch line of the Northern Pacific south from Jamestown along the James River, workers discovered a shallow slanting hole. Someone on the crew had the initiative to crawl into the hole and...
August 23, 2016 - 6:45am
August 22, 2016
Dakota Access protesters need turn toward honesty
MINOT, N.D. -- After having stymied the Keystone XL and Sandpiper pipeline projects the environmentalist movement has set their sights on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Thousands of protesters have now gathered on the Standing Rock reservation to protest the pipeline which crosses the...
August 22, 2016 - 8:02am
Cigarette tax initiated to bypass obstinate Legislature
North Dakota voters will be casting ballots in November on an initiated measure that would add $1.73 to the present cigarette tax of 44 cents. It would be the first cigarette tax hike in 23 years. After two bipartisan bills in the 2015 session failed, Rep. Jon Nelson, R-Rugby, predicted...
August 22, 2016 - 7:41am