WEST FAIRLEE, Vt. - I was charged with picking up the Thanksgiving turkey from a farm not far from my daughter's rural home in the hills east of Chelsea, Vt. She had made arrangements for a 20-pound, free-range, organic bird as part of her commitment to support local farmers. Fair enough, I thought, even if, as she warned, the turkey might cost "a little more" than the frozen versions on sale in area supermarkets. A little more, she said.
If Donald Trump yanks the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, North Dakota, where Trump is irrationally popular, will be among the losers. Every responsible economist and trade analyst has come to the same conclusion. That includes statements from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, major farm organizations, and the National Association of Manufacturers. How is it that the president, who has no use for losers, would force North Dakota into the loser column? North Dakota! Where he is loved. Don't ask.
North Dakota outdoors enthusiasts, particularly hunters and anglers, will enjoy a new book by retired game warden Bruce Burkett. I met him years ago when he was assigned to the Devils Lake, N.D., district, and by my reckoning his presence there marked a change in the way game wardens had been doing their jobs. Burkett, a Jamestown native, retired as game warden investigations supervisor, the enforcement arm of the state Game and Fish Department.