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Friday Mailbag: Vaccination choice, school dress-up days, oil pipelines, and innumeracy of the national debt debate

Friday Mailbag: Vaccination choice, school dress-up days, oil pipelines, and innumeracy of the national debt debate

MINOT, N.D. — When I was a kid, I didn’t like the fall. It meant going back to school, and I much preferred the lazy days of summer. As a grownup, fall my be my favorite season. Yes, the weather gets colder, but there’s something refreshing about that bite in the air after a sweltering

As important as vaccines are, we cannot abandon choice

MINOT, N.D. — A reader emailed me this week telling me he’d been spending some time thinking about the actions and statements of elected officials. Notably, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and North Dakota’s leadership, including Gov. Doug Burgum and the congressional delegation. “These elected officials espouse the benefits of, and even encourage, vaccines and then say it is up

Stymied Democrats could find more success through moderation

MINOT, N.D. — As an article of faith, our liberal friends and neighbors believe that the American political system is rigged in favor of Republicans. Democratic presidential candidates consistently win the national popular vote, yet thanks to the Electoral College, we still elect Republicans to the White House with some regularity. In 2018, Democratic candidates for the

Thank wind power for the ‘tough’ spike in heating bills you’re about to suffer

MINOT, N.D. — Consumers need to prepare,” Public Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus told the Bismarck Tribune. “It’s going to potentially be a tough heating season.” Gas customers, and specifically those who get their gas from Montana-Dakota Utilities which serves about 115,000 homes and businesses in North Dakota, may be paying about $170 more, on average, for gas this year. This isn’t

Republican senator, charged with theft, doesn’t want to be associated with Bastiat Caucus

MINOT, N.D. — Last week I wrote a column Sen. Jason Heitkamp, a Republican from Wahpeton representing District 26 in Bismarck. Heitkamp called my editor about that column, complaining that I had associated him with the secretive Bastiat Caucus of very Trump-aligned Republican lawmakers. Heitkamp told my editor he doesn’t want to be associated with the Bastiat Caucus

Insurance companies can’t raise your rates based on your vaccination status … thanks Obamacare

MINOT, N.D. — This morning, a reader emailed me to ask “whether because of COVID” are health insurance premiums “due for a substantial increase.” He also asked “whether there will be an opportunity” for business owners to “reduce your premium by mandating vaccines.” Those are good questions, and I took them to North Dakota Insurance Commissioner

Treating school board protests like acts of terrorism is a gross overreaction

MINOT, N.D. —Like many of you, I have been concerned about the growing acrimony on display at school board meetings in our region and across the nation. Still, a recent letter from the National School Board Association requesting the feds’ intervention is a bridge too far. The lengthy missive branded the often-unruly protests as “domestic terrorism” perpetrated by

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