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 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    August 2, 2021 

Term limits challenge citizen competence

A committee of petitioners is proposing a constitutional amendment that would limit future North Dakota legislators to eight years of service. The proposal would “grandfather” in all legislators...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    July 12, 2021

Abortion issue muddier than ever

Most of the state legislatures have terminated their business for the year, leaving the abortion issue unsolved, most likely because it is an unsolvable issue that straddles the secular and spiritual...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    June 21, 2021

College enrollments continue declining

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, enrollment in higher education institutions continues to decline, dropping 5% this spring. The 5% represents 725,000 fewer students. According to the...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    June 14, 2021

Need a broader view for legacy fund

While other armchair quarterbacks are surveying the work of the 2021 legislative session, the three most significant acts include $700 million in bonding for infrastructure, $70 million for “career...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 31, 2021

Newspapers foster the sense of community

Because newspapers have been at the forefront of community building, we cannot talk about the precarious condition of the published word without considering this primary function of nurturing the...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 3, 2021

Investment decisions not for the legislature

At the behest of Jamestown area legislators, a grand plan for a $60 million amusement park has been proposed to the legislature with a direct appropriation of $5 million and a $60 million loan from...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    April 12, 2021

The bitter realities of growing old

After one week in first grade, my daughter came home with a conclusion about life: “Life is hard and then you die.” Fast forward that through job losses, divorces, chronic ailments and kids for...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    March 29, 2021

Legislature casting eyes on huge Legacy Fund

After 10 years of waiting for the courage to tackle spending the $8 billion Legacy Fund, the present legislature has blossomed with more ideas than dandelions in an unkempt cemetery. Legislators and c...

 

The Brick: Enrollment equation is getting worse

When Professor Elwyn Robinson wrote his comprehensive history of North Dakota in the 1950s, he coined a phrase that stuck. He called it the “too much mistake” because Dakotans in the 1880s had...

 

Governor: Let's Talk About COVID-19

At this stage of the political campaigns, the votes are all determined so we should be able to discuss the COVID-19 without all of its political rhetoric. We have nothing to lose if we are open and ci...

 

Home committee takes on pandemonium

Chairperson Ork Dorken hadn't even rapped his Coke bottle on the table when Old Sievert burst into the community ZCBJ hall to join the town's 13 other electors for a meeting of the Community Homeland...

 

Measure #2 solves nothing in higher ed.

Proposing to double the size of the Board of Higher Education, Measure #2 threatens to burden the system more than help. This November 3 ballot measure has yet to be explained by its legislative...

 
 By LLoyd Omdahl    Opinion    August 3, 2020

Legislature trying to block amendment measures

Once again the North Dakota Legislature is trying to obstruct constitutional amendments proposed by petition of the people. At the present time, constitutional amendments initiated by citizens go stra...

 
 By LLoyd Omdahl    Opinion    June 1, 2020

Adult conversations need some adults

A few weeks ago, Senator Cramer suggested it was time to have an adult conversation about the national debt, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Once again, initial thoughts of the “haves” is...

 
 By LLoyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 25, 2020

North Dakota is facing realities of coal decline

With the closure of the state’s largest power plant and coal mine a certainty in 2022, North Dakota is forced to accept the realities facing a coal industry that has existed since settlement days....

 
 By LLoyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 18, 2020

Praise God! Churches not going bankrupt

“Church donations have plunged because of coronavirus. Some churches won’t survive.” That’s what the newspaper headlines blared a couple of weeks ago as the financial problems of churches...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    May 4, 2020

Is state bankruptcy waiting in the wings?

The Founding Fathers, mostly Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, didn’t expect that a by-product of federalism would be state bankruptcies. But that is what could happen if we adopted U.S. Senate...

 
 By LLoyd Omdahl    Opinion    March 30, 2020

North Dakota has a lot of social distance

While most people have been badmouthing the coronavirus, I am trying to look on the positive side. This hope that we will bounce back the better for it is unfounded. We need to search for the good...

 

Pain of true believers in body politic

The country is now in the grips of a mysterious bout with polarization not seen for generations in American society. Hate and anger seem to have displaced civil discourse and honest disagreement. For...

 

People need a sense of belonging

One Sunday morning the pastor said that “everyone has a need to belong.” He was confirming God’s earlier statement that it was not good for man to be alone. That profound observation stuck with...

 

This is the season for ceasefires and love

The era of good feeling between Thanksgiving and Christmas is an excellent time to take a serious look at a country muddled in violence, bigotry, intolerance, polarization and hatred. And, on top of...

 

Wanted: Democratic candidate for Governor

WANTED: Gubernatorial candidate with no previous political experience to defeat a man who has been governor for four years. Any young man, resident of the state, preferably a veteran, fair education,...

 

Stamping out the stigma of mental illness

October is “Stamp Out Stigma” month being sponsored by the Association of Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) to reduce the public stigma of mental illness and disorders caused by substance...

 

Ole gets 300 years in clean machine

Ole Thornerson was wheezing and snorting as he stumbled up the last golden step to Pearly Gate 333. He expected a huge crowd of friends and relatives cheering him for making it but he was faced with...

 

Legislature's hostility to ethics proves the polls

By choking the effectiveness of the new Ethics Commission, the legislature proved that the negative polls were right. EMC Research of Washington, D.C. conducted polls to assess the voters’ perceptio...

 

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