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Dec. 21 marks the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice will cause many people to leave their homes and return in darkness, like this woman crossing 12th Avenue North in Fargo. Forum file photo

The Darkest Day of the Year

The Darkest Day of the Year

What ideologies are Democrats and Republicans promoting today? The motivating factor behind today’s politics doesn’t seem to be any definable philosophy so much as just a rampant and cantankerous dislike of the other side. Continue reading…

Sen. Kevin Cramer-R, N.D., talks about the need to adopt tougher immigration policies in order to stop the "magnet affect" that he says attracts non-citizens to the U.S. (WDAY)

Senator Cramer Accuses “Corrupt Bureaucracy” of Leaking His Emails

A theme of the Trump era has been pitched combat between elected leaders and entrenched bureaucrats who seem resistant to the idea that they must do as those elected leaders say. Cramer’s accusation certainly fits in with that. Continue reading…

Will Fargo Choose to Be a Co-Defendant in the Inevitable Lawsuit Over Traffic Fines?

The proponents of locals raising fines say they’re on sound legal ground because the Legislature changed the law and gave locals permission to do this. But the state Legislature did not, and could not, amend the 14th amendment which requires that states afford all citizens equal treatment under the law. Continue reading…

And Now for Something a Little Different

MINOT, N.D. — A little more than 16 years ago, I started a blog called Say Anything on a ratty old Gateway desktop computer with a dial-up internet connection. It was 2003. We were invading Iraq and George W. Bush was the commander-in-chief. I was an opinionated 23-year-old kid. I started a weblog on a

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If Local Stores Want Local Shopping They Should Give Local Shoppers Something They Can’t Get Online

In a recent editorial, the Grand Forks Herald teed off on people who resort to petitions to try and stop retail store closings in their communities. The petitions “are disingenuous and slathered in irony, since they often attract thousands of people who sign their name but obviously rarely shopped at those stores in the past,”

President Trump, It’s Time to Withdraw From Afghanistan

Since the 2001 invasion, the American taxpayers have spent nearly $1 trillion on military operations in Afghanistan. It’s a total that doesn’t include spending by covert branches of our government, such as the CIA or ancillary costs associated with the war incurred by organizations like the Department of Veterans Affairs. But now a bombshell report

State Auditor Josh Gallion announces his re-election campaign in October, 2019.

If Auditor Gallion’s Zeal Turns Bad Government Actors Into Martyrs What Exactly Is He Accomplishing?

Despite the criticism he’s inspired, I’m a supporter of North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion. His aggressive approach to his job has been a breath of fresh air. During his first term on the job (he announced his re-election campaign some weeks ago), his work has uncovered some real problems in state government. In one