Friday Mailbag: Anti-vaxxers, Rep. Cole Christensen, women leaving Legislature, and what conservatism stands for


MINOT, N.D. — A very early Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Early because next week, I’m taking some vacation time to spend with friends and family. That means no columns from me, and no podcasts either (though nothing is stopping you from catching up on old episodes).

Our Thanksgiving routine is eating (and eating, and eating) and then, over the holiday weekend, putting up our Christmas decorations, at the conclusion of which we watch the movie “A Christmas Story.”

It might be my favorite tradition.

Yes, I know. An atheist who likes putting up Christmas decorations. What can I say? It makes my kids happy, and that makes me happy.

I had a metric ton of feedback from you readers this week, so let’s get to it. As always, correspondence can be sent to Your submissions may be edited for clarity and brevity. I read every message you send, and I respond to most of them, even if they’re not included in the column.

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