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Print Column: We’re Going to Do Something Stupid With the Legacy Fund

Print Column: We’re Going to Do Something Stupid With the Legacy Fund

MINOT, N.D. — We’re going to end up doing something really, really dumb with the Legacy Fund. It was created by the North Dakota Legislature, with approval from the voters, back in 2010. As of February the fund had about $5 billion in it thanks to revenues from oil and gas development. Yet, at this

Print Column: We Are Too Deferential to Law Enforcement

MINOT, N.D. — America’s vast military might resides under civilian control. The commander-in-chief of our armed forces is the President of the United States, and for good reason. Law enforcement, too, is under civilian control. Or it’s supposed to be anyway. Given the deference shown toward cops it can seem like the tail is wagging

Print Column: The Left’s New Anti-Fossil Fuel McCarthyism

MINOT, N.D. — “Why did Wells Fargo fiance this pipeline when it was widely seen to be environmentally unstable?” That was a question Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left wing media darling and ideological martinet, asked Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan during a recent hearing. The pipeline she’s referring to is the Dakota Access Pipeline. You’ll remember

Print Column: If We’re Already Socialists, Why Are the Socialist Activists So Angry?

MINOT, N.D. — Modern proponents of socialism have become so desperate to divorce their ideology from its ugly realities – North Korea under the Kims, Cuba under the Castros, Venezuela under Chavez and Maduro – they’ve taken to a sort of white washing through dilution. They’re defining anyone in favor of any level of civic

Print Column: Forget a Better Governance Model for Higher Education, Maybe We Just Need Better People

MINOT, N.D. — A recent meeting of the State Board of Higher Education illustrated why we have such chronic problems with governing our state’s 11 public campuses. The subject of University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy’s boneheaded personnel decisions came up. One board member, Dan Traynor of Devils Lake, took Kennedy to task for giving his personal assistant

Print Column: The Quickest Way to Reduce DUI’s in North Dakota Would Be to Stop Enforcing the Law

MINOT, N.D. — “North Dakota tops list in study for percentage of drivers with a DUI history.” That recent headline was over an article describing research done by an insurance quotes website. Which is often the case with these sort of articles. Companies hawking things like insurance or credit cards produce these “studies” ranking states

Print Column: Nobody, Not Even Voters, Should Be Able to Make Laws Unilaterally

MINOT, N.D. — The populist cranks slobbering about the initiated measure process and how it represents the “will of the people” have a hypocrisy at the heart of their argument. I’m not talking about the fact that initiated measures often represent the will of bored billionaires (like Marsy’s Law in 2016) or a collective of

Print Column: Why Shouldn’t North Dakota’s Universities Have a ‘Sword’ Over Their Heads?

MINOT, N.D. — Recently the editorial board of the Grand Forks Herald came out against HCR3016. That legislation, introduced by state Rep. Rick Becker (R-Bismarck), is a proposed amendment which would remove the mandate for 8 of North Dakota’s 11 public institutions of higher education from the state constitution. “Regardless of its declared intent, HCR

Print Column: People Targeted by Gun-Grabbing ‘Red Flag’ Law Would Have to Pay for Their Own Defense

MINOT, N.D. – “You have the right to an attorney.” We’re all familiar with that phrase, a part of the famous Miranda warning that’s a staple of television and movies and, you know, actual police work. It’s formal recognition of the right to legal counsel from the Sixth Amendment. Thank goodness for it. Can you

Print Column: To Reduce Abortions, Perhaps Less Focus on Lectures and More on Birth Control

Are pro-life Republicans interested in creating headlines or reducing the number of abortions? I’m pro-life, but I couldn’t help but be frustrated this week when the Republican majority in the North Dakota House of Representatives passed HB1336 on a 73-16 vote. That bill, sponsored by Rep. Daniel Johnston (R-Kathryn), would add to the list of