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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

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

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

Schools should cool it with the dress-up days

MINOT, N.D. — Can we talk about school dress-up days? Because the situation is out of control. I’m talking about the instructions from the schools to dress your child to match some theme. Like everyone wears a particular color, or school spirit regalia, or Hawaiian shirts. These days were cute and only a little annoying

The national debt math we all want to ignore

MINOT, N.D. — In Washington, D.C., there is yet another fight over raising the debt ceiling. If the federal government isn’t authorized by Congress to accumulate more debt — we’re currently at over $28.4 trillion, according to the Treasury Department, or an alarming $8 trillion more than the same date during Donald Trump’s first year in office — the government

Should some North Dakotans get less political representation than others?

MINOT, N.D. — According to reporting from Jeremy Turley, a plan to subdivide a couple of North Dakota’s legislative districts is moving forward. If you haven’t been paying attention to the redistricting process, here’s some background: The admittedly noble purpose of the subdivision plan is to give our state’s Native American communities a better chance of electing one

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