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Schools should cool it with the dress-up days

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

Fracking has done more for the environment than Greta Thunberg ever has

MINOT, N.D. — Last week the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists organized a “climate strike” in Grand Forks and Fargo. The former was sparsely attended; the latter attracted about 75 people. The rallies were inspired by angry Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future events, described as a “global climate strike movement.” The events featured the same dozens of activists who

Charges possible for anti-maskers who circulated Fargo school board recall petitions

MINOT, N.D. — A movement of belligerent anti-maskers, who have spent months disrupting meetings with obnoxious behavior, fell flat on their faces earlier this week when they fell far short of the requisite number of signatures to recall four Fargo School Board members. The shortfall was due to thousands of signatures getting disqualified. “Many of the signatures were considered

Anti-maskers suffer embarrassing failure in Fargo

MINOT, N.D. — A thing we often forget in politics is that the loudest voices are not always the most numerous. We have a tendency to inflate the importance of prolific Facebook gadflies and shouty public meeting mobs. We assume they are always representative of larger political movements, and often they’re not. Case in point, consider the