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Kopp Column: Americans Don't Trust Their Government

Kopp Column: Americans Don't Trust Their Government

Not only are humans fallible, they are untrusting.  If humans trusted one another, they’d exist peacefully in a society without government.  This is not new.  More than 200 years ago,  Thomas Paine wrote: “The strength of one man is unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude that he is soon

Kopp Column: Right Vs. Rights

Gun rights. Abortion rights. Right to free speech. We’re flooded with political messages about rights. Mr. Obama made many mentions of “rights” in his second inaugural speech, especially gay rights. What is missing from today’s debate over laws, issues and standards is not the subject of rights, but the subject of rightness, in other words,

Schafer Column: Raising The Cost Of Oil Production In North Dakota Is A Bad Idea

I always find it interesting how Republican Senators can figure out ways to raise revenues when we have a huge surplus and don’t need the dough. Case in point, state Senator Dwight Cook’s proposal for oil tax reform. Here are some thoughts: The E&P companies will be required to withhold income taxes for royalty owners

Kopp Column: Fascism Is Alive And Well In America

Recently John Mackley the president of a large food company, Whole Foods who is himself a vegan and is also a left-thinker called elements of today’s federal power system fascist. He is right. Let’s be clear on this point: He did not say “Nazism,” but fascism. The Third Reich was fascist, but not all fascists

Hennen's Notebook: Planned Parenthood, March For Life And Guns In Church

I wonder if Representative Kathy Hawken (RINO – Fargo) remembers what happened to Senator Curtis Olafson? Given her cheer leading this week for the two NDSU professors who were part of dissing legislators by doing an end-around the law on sex-education curriculum in North Dakota, she could face the same fate at election time. She

Kopp Column: Our Government Is Operating As Though It Has No Constitution

Do you believe in a literal interpretation? Of what, you ask. Your grocery list? Your bank account? Your instructions to your children? The Bible? The Constitution? Division in the world’s big three faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) can be traced to how members of each division view their holy writ (The Torah, The Bible, The

Hennen's Notebook: Higher Ed, Planned Parenthood And Water Wars

I interviewed NDSU President Dean Bresciani, UND President Robert Kelley and NDUS Chancellor Ham Shirvani this week. My top takeaway is amazement at the near “kumbya” they are all singing on budget issues. Governor Dalrymple has proposed a budget very near what the universities sought. What a difference 2 years makes, and a boatload of

Kopp Column: Liberals Don't Believe In Giants

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” –Isaac Newton Newton noted his own contributions to science were made possible by studying, learning and knowing the works of those before him.  His sentiment is echoed by conservatives who study, learn and maintain the belief that moral order is not a

Hennen Column: Notebook From A Busy Week

It’s been a long and productive week. My notebook is chock full of tidbits. Since I’m sleep deprived and unable to decide which one is worthy of a column, I have a better idea. I am introducing a new Common Sense Club notebook. – Monday was the day legislators rolled into Bismarck to begin the

Kopp Column: You're Working For The Government

I pay my taxes – do you? That makes me a government employee and you are, too. Conservatives share at least five beliefs about taxes paid to the U.S. Government. Conservatives belief #1– law-abiding citizens pay what is owed – no more, no less. That’s why you’re a government employee today. You’re working to pay

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