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President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, China's president, shake hands during a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. Bloomberg photo by Qilai Shen

Is It Back to Business as Usual With China?

Is It Back to Business as Usual With China?

I had hoped that Trump’s trade war with China might be the beginning of something new. An era where China’s abuses and malfeasance mattered as much as how many widgets we could sell them. Continue reading…

Rev. Christina Martin of Mandan's First Lutheran Church (right) sits among Burleigh County residents in favor of allowing new refugee resettlements at a county commission meeting in Bismarck on Dec. 9, 2019. Jeremy Turley / Forum News Service

Expect Elected Leaders to Lead, Not Punt

These folks talk cynical about trusting elected officials, and beat their chests about the wisdom of the masses, as if a ready rebuttal to that misguided conclusion weren’t at hand in the almost ubiquitous dim-witted ranting of the masses on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The people, I hate to tell you, are fickle and

Sen. Kevin Cramer, right, is interviewed during a visit to Arizona on April 16, 2019, to observe Fisher Industries, a North Dakota company, show how it can build a wall on the southern border. In the background is a portion of wall the company demonstrated they can build. Courtesy photo / Office of Sen. Kevin Cramer

Print Column: Fisher Industries Kerfuffle Is a Political Rorschach Test

In a better sort of world, this audit would be a good-faith effort to ensure the proper expenditure of tax dollars. Unfortunately, the world we live in is twisted by partisan angst, and the motivations for these reviews (if not always their findings) are usually something less than pure. Continue reading…

Print Column: Burleigh County Made the Right Decision

MINOT, N.D. — Let’s start here: North Dakota is a wonderful place. That was a subtext of the refugee resettlement debate in Burleigh County this last week, though one overlooked by most. The county commissioners had before them the opportunity to exercise a veto over continued refugee resettlement. They ultimately voted to continue resettlement, though in

Print Column: North Dakota Opened Its Arms to Oil Workers, Why Not Refugees Too?

MINOT, N.D. — The Trump administration has given the states and local governments the ability to opt-out of federal refugee resettlement. The feds, or the private groups doing resettlement for the feds, haven’t always been cooperative. City and county governments, not to mention school districts and social service organizations, have often found themselves struggling to

Print Column: The Left Can’t Complain About Trump’s Fabulism While They Perpetuate Their Own

Ever noticed how the news media appends words like “without evidence” to claims President Donald Trump makes? I don’t blame them. Our president’s endless adventures with falsehood are undeniable. The man lies, with bald-faced constancy, about things both trivial and consequential. The examples are far too numerous to list here. Yet while Trump may be the most

Print Column: Shame on You, Hunters

MINOT, N.D. — I would like to direct your attention to a Facebook page called North Dakota Lock Out. It was created after the debate in the Legislature earlier this year over SB2315. That bill would have reversed the backward presumption of public access to private land in our state. Currently, those wishing access for activities like

Print Column: Be Thankful That Americans Choose to Do So Much of What They Don’t Have To

MINOT, N.D. — One of the wonders of our free society is that nobody is required to do much of anything. Sure, there are certain imperatives. We all need food and shelter, and getting those basics requires effort. Yet our society enjoys a level of convenience and wealth which would be almost unimaginable to our

Print Column: Maybe Parents Shouldn’t Be Allowed at Sporting Events

MINOT, N.D. — What is it about sports which bring out the absolute worst in some parents? We’ve all seen the headlines, and sometimes the videos too. Parents brawling at a fourth-grade basketball game in Oklahoma. A half-dozen grown men punching each other at a game played by 7-year-olds in Ohio. A man firing a gun and chasing a

Print Column: Please, Conservatives, Don’t Abandon Local Media

MINOT, N.D. — I wrote a column recently about local journalists getting blowback for the bias of the national news media. I almost always get a lot of feedback from my writing, which I’m deeply thankful for, but this particular column garnered more responses than I expected. Mostly from two categories of reader. One was from people

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