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Saying Goodbye to John Andrist

Saying Goodbye to John Andrist

On Friday last week I learned that John Andrist, a journalist and long-time lawmaker whose columns I’ve published here on SAB for some time, had a massive stroke. Today I learn from Republicans in District 2, where John served as a state Senator from 1993 to 2014, that my friend has passed away. Please read

Texas Governor Greg Abbott hugs a resident at a vigil for the mass shooting victims outside the post office in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. A gunman wearing all black and a ballistic vest killed at least 26 people and injured at least 20 more at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. (Todd Heisler/Copyright 2017 The New York Times)

John Andrist: By the Math, Kindness Is Winning

Do the math! There was a lone gunman who entered a small Texas church a couple Sundays ago, creating carnage. That same day there were approximately 351,000 churches open for business. If you were one of those attending church, and you smiled at someone, shook a hand, gave a hug, or said a prayer you

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 19, 2017. Flake, who tangled with President Donald Trump and was considered one of the most vulnerable senators in his party, will not run for re-election in 2018, he said on the Senate floor Oct. 24. (Al Drago/The New York Times, Copyright 2017 The New York Times.)

John Andrist: Getting Out of Dodge Doesn’t Solve Problems

“What do you think about Sen Jeff Flake?”, my left tilting daughter texted a couple days ago. My answer is the same way I felt when Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said he was quitting: very disappointed. President Trump is probably the least civil president in U.S. history. I understand the frustration and disappointment of these

Dallas Cowboys players kneel together with their arms locked prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas USA TODAY Sports

John Andrist: Free Speech Requires Dilligence

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”. I don’t remember hearing those words as a child. But I remember my parents using the admonition to mollify my little brother. Our family was sometimes a warring bunch, and when Willie came along he was an easy target for three siblings

Groundskeepers remove a plaque commemorating Robert E. Lee outside of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, Aug. 16, 2017. In the days after a white nationalist rally to defend a statue of Robert E. Lee led to violence in Charlottesville, Va., monuments to Confederate leaders came down in Gainesville, Fla., Baltimore and elsewhere. Sam Hodgson / The New York Times

John Andrist: Celebrate or Tear Down Our History?

Some people call it revisionism. Others prefer the term re-writing history, but by any name its a slippery slope on which we are riding these days. Revisionism was once a practice employed only by tyrants and revolutionaries, who wanted people to believe there was nothing before them, nor to follow them. Today it has become

North Dakota Girls Staters make their away across campus at UND for a morning session at the annual event. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

John Andrist: A Good Woman Wanted for President

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to having our first woman president for these disjointed United States. I’ve noted in the past that the female sex seems to be out-starring those of us equipped with low voices, a larger body frame, and somewhat larger biceps. I suspect it is because of our

Demonstrators line the sidewalk outside the Fargo office of U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Wednesday, June 28, at 1802 32nd Ave. S. as they protest the Senate health care reform bill. Dave Wallis / The Forum

John Andrist: U.S. Healthcare Is Too Big to Succeed

I would have loved to have given North Dakota a crack at devising its own health care system. The federal government is hopelessly in debt, while our state has the luxury of multiple savings accounts, called trust funds. We’re smarter, smaller, and far more innovative than Washington. And we have a can-do mentality. That’s why