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Dec. 21 marks the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice will cause many people to leave their homes and return in darkness, like this woman crossing 12th Avenue North in Fargo. Forum file photo

The Darkest Day of the Year

The Darkest Day of the Year

What ideologies are Democrats and Republicans promoting today? The motivating factor behind today’s politics doesn’t seem to be any definable philosophy so much as just a rampant and cantankerous dislike of the other side. Continue reading…

Gov. Doug Burgum, right, speaks with Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford as they walk down Second Avenue with Mayor Shaun Sipma, left. Minot Daily News photo

It Turns Out Elections Really Do Matter

An update to a hyper local story in my hometown is useful for participants in the American form of government across the nation. Despite all the cynicism about politics, the insistence that the politicians are indifferent to the moods of voters, it turns out elections really do matter. First, some back story. Earlier this year

Print Column: Maybe Partisanship Wasn’t Such a Bad Thing

MINOT, N.D. — The modern dysfunctions of American politics are not the product of partisanship but rather a lack of it. I’m not talking about bipartisanship, a term we use interchangeably with “compromise.” It is a necessity to governing. Rare are the moments in our system of government when one political faction can govern without

Print Column: Why Are City Governments, Park Boards and School Boards Separate?

MINOT, N.D. — Over the years I’ve had several conversations with Gov. Doug Burgum talking about a phenomena in government he describes as “siloing.” This is the practice of treating each segment of government as a sort of sovereign entity which doesn’t share much of anything else with other government entities. Burgum sees this as

"The fruit tree with balls" by quinn.anya is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Forcing a Woman to Wax Testicles Is What Happens When We Lose the Right to Say No

For years now we here in America have had a debate over where an individual’s right to say “no” stops, and where another individuals right to demand services from that person begins. Mostly this debate has circles around small-business entrepreneurs like bakers or photographers who, because of their religious beliefs, have objected to doing work

Hall of Fame inductees Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera, and Brandy Halladay, widow of Hall of Fame inductee Roy Halladay, hold up their plaques after the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center Sunday, July 21. Gregory J. Fisher / USA TODAY Sports

Mariano Rivera Guilty of Playing Baseball While “Right Wing”

As many of you readers probably know, I’m a bit of a baseball fanatic. A Yankees fan since I was a little boy growing up in Alaska. My teen years, from the mid-1990’s on, were spent watching greats like Paul O’Neill, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera take the field. This weekend

President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11th, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.

The Left Has Cried Wolf on Racism So Many Times Their Criticism of Donald Trump Isn’t Penetrating

“Trump is a racist and that’s what 2020 is all about,” reads a headline over my colleague Mike McFeely’s most recent column. Problem is, that guy thinks just about everyone who disagrees with his orthodox liberal views is a racist. Which is not an uncommon sentiment among our friends on the left these days. If

Print Column: The Dumbest Thing Democrats Could Do Is Listen to Heidi Heitkamp

MINOT, N.D. — For some reason Heidi Heitkamp — despite just one, flukey electoral victory to her name in the last two decades — has been anointed an expert in certain Democratic circles on how to appeal to rural voters. Recently, the erstwhile senator delivered a luncheon speech to a convention of Montana Democrats, and

FILE -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam during a news conference at the Governor's Mansion in Richmond, Va., Feb. 2, 2019. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” he vowed to resist the growing calls for his resignation — including from high-ranking fellow Democrats — by staying in office. (Parker Michels-Boyce/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Oh Sure, Now Democrats Want to Have an “Honest Conversation” About Wearing Blackface

“We — all of us, black, white, gay, straight —got to start extending grace to one another so that we can start having honest conversations with one another and leave room for growth,” Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Corey Booker said at an event recently. He was talking about the controversy over two Virginia Democrats admitting

Print Column: Winning Elections by Dividing Is Bad for Society

MINOT, N.D.—It’s a fashionable thing, particularly in election years, to bemoan the tone of modern politics. I understand why—the word “obnoxious” may as well have been invented to describe desperate political campaigns raining down hyperbole and opprobrium on the electorate—but to describe this as a recent development is simply inaccurate. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson,