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Flood of anti-vaccine and other culture war bills proposed for special session

Flood of anti-vaccine and other culture war bills proposed for special session

MINOT, N.D. — A special session of the Legislature is looming. It’s convened because lawmakers have some constitutional duties to attend to, namely the approval of a new legislative district map and the appropriation of more than $1 billion in federal dollars related to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as I noted in a previous column, there is a

When museums must resort to porn websites to share art, we’ve got a problem

MINOT, N.D. — In 2002, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, a devout Christian, became the butt of many jokes after the Justice Department put up drapes (they cost a ridiculous $8,000) to hide the bare breasts on the Spirit of Justice statue often seen in the background of news conferences. Ashcroft’s aversion to the female form seemed quaintly out

I don’t blame hospitals for reticence to release vaccination numbers

MINOT, N.D. — Some hospitals in our region are doing well in terms of getting their staff vaccinated. “At Fargo’s Sanford hospitals, 95% of staff were fully vaccinated and an unknown number of employees had successfully claimed a medical or religious exemption to the shot as of Wednesday, Oct. 20,” Jeremy Turley reports. “Erin Johnson, a spokeswoman for Sanford

Conservatives believe they can use big government to win the culture war

MINOT, N.D. — The conservatism of my youth, the sort of conservatism I still believe in and subscribe to today, takes a skeptical view of the power of the state. This more traditional conservatism stands in stark contrast with what’s called conservatism in the Donald Trump era. Conservatives once talked about government as something to be limited

Capitalism produces a bit of wonder amid the cynicism

MINOT, N.D. — “What you’ve given me is the most profound experience I can imagine,” said the nonagenarian who had just been rocketed into space. Legendary actor William Shatner was characteristically eloquent in talking about the experience, made possible by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos and his space company Blue Origin. “I am so filled with emotion about what just happened.