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Why Can’t Trump’s Critics Be Better Than Him?

Why Can’t Trump’s Critics Be Better Than Him?

MINOT, N.D. — I’ll not defend President Donald J. Trump’s numerous sins against the dignity of his office, not to mention basic human dignity. Trump’s insufferable bellowing on Twitter, his smug antics in front of the television cameras, are a foghorn blaring over a nation that seems to be coming apart at the seams. I

Former President Theodore Roosevelt arrives for the laying of the cornerstone for a Carnegie Library at Fargo College, September 5, 1910. The campus was once located south of Island Park in Fargo. Credit: NDSU Archives, Fargo, N.D.

First They Came for the Confederates, and Then They Came for Teddy Roosevelt

MINOT, N.D. — I wonder if this era of American history will be seen as our Maoist cultural revolution. A time when dissenters and their works purged from the public eye in favor of the ascendent mob’s preferred ideology. George Floyd’s death, tragic and unnecessary as it was, has a real chance to become an

North Dakota Judicial Candidate Attempted a Dubious Name Change in Ohio as an Apparent Campaign Gimmick

MINOT, N.D. — A candidate campaigning to sit on the judicial bench in North Dakota has a bizarre story in his background. Three candidates were on the primary ballot to replace South Central District Court Judge Thomas Schneider, who has opted to retire after serving in that office since the 1980s. Bonnie Storbakken of Bismarck

Claude Vyomuugu raises a fist at Fargo police headquarters on May 30 during the Fargo Marches for George Floyd protest. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

Fargo Mayor Signs Order Allowing Weapons Ban Ahead of Expected Black Lives Matter Protest

MINOT, N.D. — As part of the preparations for an expected Black Lives Matter protest on Friday, June 19, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney has signed an order that, among other things, prohibits the carrying of weapons. Among the justifications for the order is this passage in which the city claims to be aware of plans

Discrimination Protections for the LGBTQ Community Should Have Been Established by Lawmakers, Not the Courts

MINOT, N.D. — This week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion in Bostock vs. Clayton County, which expanded the protections against discrimination from the 1964 Civil Rights Act to gay and transgender Americans. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, wrote the opinion for the 6-3 majority. He has long touted

Hundreds gather in support of George Floyd at the downtown parking garage in Grand Forks on Thursday, June 4, during a peaceful demonstration, which wound through downtown Grand Forks, briefly stopping near the Red River before heading through the city again. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Law Enforcement Abuse Is a Problem for All of Us

MINOT, N.D. — The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has galvanized America’s debate over law enforcement’s relationship to minority communities. Particularly black communities. But it’s interesting to note that the last high-profile case of a Minneapolis cop killing someone involved a white woman, Justine Damond, who was murdered by

Federal Judge Peter Welte checks out his office in the Federal Courthouse in Grand Forks this week. The U.S. Senate confirmed Welte as chief United States district judge of the United States District Court on July 30, 2019, six months after he was nominated by President Donald Trump. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Judge Denies Request From North Dakota Voters First to Collect Petition Signatures Online

MINOT, N.D. — In May, an initiated measure campaign calling itself North Dakota Voters First filed a federal lawsuit against the state of North Dakota asking that they be allowed to collect signatures online instead of in-person as state law requires. This suit hasn’t stopped the group from circulating petitions. They’re collecting signatures, and inspiring

Afraid to Stop Clapping

MINOT, N.D. — In his book, the “The Gulag Archipelago,” Nobel Prize-winning Russian author and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn recounted a chillingly absurd incident at a conference in Soviet Russia. The event’s organizers thought it should be concluded with a standing ovation for Josef Stalin. The audience, which had been leaping to its feet throughout the

Graffiti was also spray painted on many buildings in downtown Fargo during the riots on Saturday, May 30. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

It’s Easy to Support Violence When It’s Not Happening to You

MINOT, N.D. — “Only riots, burning result in action,” reads the headline over a column by former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Lloyd Omdahl. That’s a remarkable statement, albeit a fashionable one at this moment. Despite America’s lengthy history of peaceful reform and progress, violent extremism has become quite chic, of late, for our friends on

Fargo Glass & Paint employees board up windows Thursday, June 4, on the Fargo Police headquarters in preparation for possible rioting Friday. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

We Must Have Police Departments

MINOT, N.D. — There is a movement afoot to disband or defund America’s police departments. This is a gross overreaction, one that threatens the progress we could make on law enforcement reform in this moment of American history. Absent the police, who will we call when someone breaks into our home? Or attacks one of