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 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    February 19, 2024 

We heart teachers

Congratulations to Amanda Koepplin, third grade teacher at NR-S, on her selection as the Eddy County Teacher of the Year for 2023-24. I have the utmost respect and admiration for those who pursue teac...

 

Amplifying educator voice

It comes as a surprise to no one that North Dakota, like every other state in the nation, is in the throes of an unprecedented teacher shortage. Long-time administrators will tell you that where once...

 
 By Jase Graves    Opinion    February 19, 2024 

The world's greatest inventions

A couple of days ago, I retrieved one (of about a hundred) of our family doglets' chew bones from the seemingly unreachable chasm under my youngest and quietest daughter's bed using an ingenious inven...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    February 19, 2024 

Freedom of the press: the essential foundation of democracy

When the U.S. Supreme Court, in Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia (1980), in the words of Justice John Paul Stevens, “squarely held that the acquisition of newsworthy matter is entitled to constitutional protection,” it was protecting under the Fir...

 

Yes, I'll miss this

It’s another year of “lasts” at the Wobbema house. Yes, I realize we are smack dab in the middle of our daughter’s senior year, but reality didn’t set in until just a few days ago. It all st...

 

When memory flails

Now that my age has surpassed the mid-century mark and I'm more ancient than virtually all professional athletes, everyone in my department at work, and even my pastor at church, I've noticed that the...

 

We the People: Landmark ruling gives press and public access to criminal trials

The First Amendment’s free press clause, which Thomas Jefferson declared indispensable to republicanism, has long been regarded as the “people’s right to know.” Without knowledge of governmental programs, policies and practices, the people...

 

The sad future of AM Radio

You had a great 100-year run, AM radio, and your demise is breaking my heart. According to the Wall Street Journal, carmakers such as Tesla, Volvo and BMW are no longer providing AM radios in their...

 

Curiosity (almost) killed the cat

“Things are not always as they appear to be … Curiosity creates possibilities and opportunities.” Roy T. Bennett I’m a curious person. It’s a trait that characterizes many journalists, and...

 

We the People: Justice Jackson is Nuremberg

Justice Robert H. Jackson’s departure for Europe in September of 1945 to serve as chief prosecutor for the United States at the historic Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals annoyed some of his fellow justices and heightened the internal...

 

Lamenting for North Dakota children

The issue of homeless students in North Dakota has come to the fore in the last couple of weeks. Homeless in North Dakota? Even though a variety of public and private entities offer services, kids...

 

Do you suffer from the stillgottas?

Despite my best preventive measures, I have spent decades enduring the "stillgottas." If you are unfamiliar with the medical terminology, it's the why-can't-it-be-terminal-and-give...

 

"Blood Feud" inside the Supreme Court on question of recusal

Every now and again, the public displays an intense interest in the question of whether Supreme Court Justices ought to recuse themselves from a particular case because it appears that they have a conflict of interest that might prevent them from...

 

Blood donation makes hearts happy

Valentine’s Day and Giving Hearts Day are coming soon, but did you know that there’s one more very important heart-related observance we are in the midst of right now? Every two seconds, someone...

 

Our over-coddled kids

Get this: Gen Z job applicants are bringing their parents to job interviews, reports the New York Post. As it goes, for several decades America's children have been over-coddled by their "helicopter...

 

Justice Robert H. Jackson: groomed for the Supreme Court

Few nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court have been as well prepared, let us say, groomed, for a seat on the nation’s High Tribunal than Robert H. Jackson, who was appointed in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Jackson’s remarkable career in...

 

The urgency to become cyber-secure in 2024

Cyber attacks will be significantly worse in 2024 for anyone who uses a digital device. Yet few are aware of, or prepared for, the threats they face – or how their poor cybersecurity skills are...

 

Grateful for the glimmers of goodness

Is North Dakota better off today than it was a year ago?" That's the question asked by Craig Blumenshine, host of the PBS "Main Street" radio program, to a panel of journalists last week. "We have no...

 

Trump claims impeachment clause grants him immunity

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has filed briefs with the D.C. Court of Appeals, which will hear oral argument in the federal insurrection case on Jan. 9, claiming to find presidential immunity from criminal prosecution in the...

 
 By Ashley Lies    Opinion    January 8, 2024

Letter to the Editor: County responds to Danduran letter

On January 2, 2024, at its regular commission meeting, the Eddy County Commission discussed the recent letter to the editor written by Larry Danduran. The commission voted to issue a response to this letter and to correct misstatements that are...

 
 By Jim Ludwig    Opinion    January 8, 2024

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Patty Williams

I served as a judge for the last four elections, thus working with Eddy County Auditor Patty Williams. I feel our elections were 100 percent secure with the outcomes being what the voters wanted. The pre-election testing of the voting machine, the...

 
 By Jase Graves    Opinion    January 8, 2024

My New Year's anti-resolutions

A few days ago, during one of those rare occasions when our whole family was together and my three semi-grown daughters weren't nursing an iPhone while wearing universe-canceling headphones, my wife...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 8, 2024

Walking in a warm winter wonderland

There’s not enough snow to ride a snowmobile. The trees are bare, and the stubble from last year’s crop is still visible. There’s even water running through the ditches in some areas, in...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    January 1, 2024

Tribute to Allen V. Stock

“Mention their name. Tell their story. Continue to live their legacy by remembering them with me.” – Nathalie Himmelrich Allen Stock, publisher of the Foster County Independent for 45 years,...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    January 1, 2024

A win-win New Year's resolution

Here's a great New Year's resolution: get a pet. As we wrap up a very inflationary 2023, pet shelters across the country are at maximum capacity and they don't have room to house the pets people are...

 

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