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

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

Print Column: National News Outlets Squander the Public’s Trust and Local Journalists Suffer for It

MINOT, N.D. — This year the Columbia Journalism Review released the results of a national survey finding “the press” was the least trusted institution they asked about. They also asked respondents about Congress. You have to work at being trusted less than Congress. That term, though. “The press.” What does it mean? More on that in a

Print Column: ‘Progressive’ Energy Policy Hampers Progress

MINOT, N.D. — It’s remarkable how many self-described progressives are against progress. Is it progress for hundreds of thousands of Californians to go without electricity in blackouts power company officials say may be necessary for at least the next decade? Our modern society, with all of its speed and convenience, is built on the back of

Print Column: How Many Times Did North Dakota Cops Violate the Fourth Amendment?

MINOT, N.D. — By all appearances, cops in North Dakota are routinely violating the Fourth Amendment and its protections against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” Let me give you some examples. Last year, in a case originating in Stutsman County, North Dakota District Court Judge Jay Schmitz suppressed, as evidence supporting criminal charges, some 500 pounds

Print Column: The Left’s Commitment to Wokeness Ends When It’s Time to Do Business With Communists

MINOT, N.D. — Not so long ago we here in North Dakota had a debate about refugee resettlement. Some of our elected leaders, including Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn and former West Fargo state lawmaker Chris Olson, wanted to collect more data on the social and fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement. They pushed for the state

Print Column: Suicide Is a Bigger Threat Than Shootings for North Dakota’s Kids

MINOT, N.D. — A majority of students in North Dakota, some 53%, attend a school at which there is a police presence. Far more students in our state, some 74%, attend a school that fails to achieve the student-to-counselor ratio recommended by national organizations like the American School Counselor Association. Those numbers are from a

Print Column: We’re More Affluent and Connected Than Ever, So Why Do We Feel So Alone and Unhappy?

MINOT, N.D. — “The average person in the U.S. has only one close friend, according to a study published in the American Sociological Review.” That’s something NBC News reported earlier this year. “One in four people have no confidantes at all,” they also reported, and some 75 percent of people say they’re unsatisfied with the friendships they

Print Column: Still Not Convinced We Should Listen to Teens on Policy

MINOT, N.D. — I’ve spent the last week getting roasted over a previous column belittling Greta Thunberg’s obnoxious political movement predicated on the policy expertise of dumb kids. You’re not supposed to call kids dumb despite our society treating them, often with force of law, as the immature and inexperienced people they are. The law

Print Column: We’re Probably Going to See a Lot More Presidents Impeached After the Trump Era

MINOT, N.D. — Only two United States Presidents have ever been impeached. The House of Representatives impeached Democratic President Andrew Johnson in 1868 amid a squabble over the cabinet in the wake of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. About 130 years later the House impeached Democratic President Bill Clinton for lying under oath and obstructing justice during the investigation of

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