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Guest: New UND journalism program defies trend

With the hope of increasing the number of local journalists, the University of North Dakota intends to create a new department of journalism. This comes at a time when smaller newspapers are dropping...

 

Guest: Lamenting for North Dakota children

The issue of homeless students in North Dakota has come to the fore in the last couple of weeks. Homeless in North Dakota? Even though a variety of public and private entities offer services, kids...

 

Guest: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Translated

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house It vas da nacht before Santa Clausen und all through the husens Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; No noise...

 

Perspective: Burgum second N.D. presidential candidate

While skeptical North Dakotans scratch their heads over Governor Douglas Burgum’s race for president, we need to be reminded that he is not the first aspirant for the big chair in Washington. While...

 

Perspective: Let's outlaw elephants on railroad tracks

Assuming that election fraud is rampant in county offices and in the precincts, a band of 50 sponsors are proposing to pass a constitutional amendment to prevent fraud. The problem is that there is...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 15, 2023

Perspective: Meeting the state's greatest need: trees

Here we immigrants have been in North Dakota officially as a recognized territory since 1861 and our wind swept prairies are still suffering from an embarrassing nakedness. It seems appropriate to...

 

Perspective: Security Committee tackles citizen voting

“I’ve been watching the legislature meeting in Bismarck…” started Little Jimmy when interrupted by Dorsey Crank. “Somebody needs to be watching them,” Crank barked. “They need their...

 

Perspective: Cutting taxes starves public services

Looking at the tax cut proposals now being debated in the legislature, maybe it’s time to revert back to a territory. Apparently, we don’t want the state to accept the responsibilities of...

 

Perspective: Remembering the Good Old Days

92 is old. I can document that. Been there, done that. At 92, you end up looking at all of life’s questions that were not solved during your term of life. Therefore, you must pass them off to the...

 

Perspective: The magic of making America great again

It wasn’t true but it was effective. As a former advertising agency guy, I can appreciate the genius of the Trump campaign when they came out with “Make America Great Again.” There was no time i...

 

Perspective: Rape no longer a crime in North Dakota

Even though the laws relating to rape have not been repealed, victims are not getting justice in the present system. Administratively, rape gets no priority. Right now, North Dakota has 271 rape...

 

Perspective: Lessons learned in the 2022 election

Writing as a political scientist, there were a number of significant lessons learned from the 2022 political scene. So who won and who lost? Sure, the Democrats gained a little in the U. S. Senate...

 

Perspective: Has Tribal Sovereignty become a myth?

Before venturing into the deep water of state and Native-American relations, I need to reassure North Dakota’s tribes that I am not an adversary but a friend. I believe we owe the native people...

 

Perspective: Huge fallout from 2022 election

The runoff election in Georgia will be a waste of money. All signs point to a Warnock win and the Democrats will end up with a 2-seat edge in the U.S. Senate. For the party of the president to pick up...

 

Perspective: Confessions of a reformed chauvinist

Yes, It’s true. I have been a male chauvinist most of my adult life. I grew up in a family where the Dad was a poster guy for chauvinism, no questions asked and no answers given. He never touched...

 

Perspective: 250 rape victims awaiting justice

According to news reports, North Dakota officials have 250 sexual assault cases waiting for possible criminal charges, most of which have aged beyond resolution. In the meantime, there are 250...

 

Perspective: American Democracy is on the ropes

American democracy is suffering from the symptoms of terminal illness. To have a “government of the people, for the people” it is necessary that the people are willing to govern. Through the...

 

Perspective: A dream about North Dakota kids

North Dakota needs a dream - a dream of equality for rich kids and poor kids, white kids and minority kids, smart kids and slow kids because every kid deserves an equal chance to succeed. We have the...

 

Perspective: Homeland Committee tackles inflations

“Inflation is killing us,” Dorsey Crank announced as he entered the community hall where the Homeland Security Committee was meeting to plan Christmas decorations for 2022. “We are on the short...

 

Perspective: Transparency as good as confession

My cover has been outed. A friend said he Googled me and discovered that I was older than dirt. Since it may not be dirt from the Garden of Eden, the cat is out of the bag and the truth must be told....

 

Perspective: An option besides term limits

The citizens are restless. They seem to be frustrated with the failure of government to respond or interact with the voters and are looking for options to loosen up the system. Jared Hendrix, GOP...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    August 8, 2022

Perspective: Would a three-party system be better?

Frustrated by the inability of the present two-party system to function, more folks are talking about the creation of a third party thinking that would break the deadlock in Washington. At the...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    August 1, 2022

Perspective: Taking advantage of getting old

Some negative people think that getting old is something to be feared but there are advantages when you pass the 75-year mark. It’s like a period of “no fault” because no matter how much you...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    July 18, 2022

Perspective: A good life is more than money

In one of Rob Port’s May writings, he indicated that former State Senator Roscoe Streyle was running for a seat in the legislature on the strength of a proposal to cut North Dakota property taxes...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    July 4, 2022

More complaining about taxes

Even though he doesn’t stuff the envelopes, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus deserves credit for the efficient manner in which his department is serving the public. His turnaround time...

 

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