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 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    January 27, 2020 

Family landlines better than smartphones for teens

When my childhood home got a phone call, it was an event. That was partly because my father, a longtime phone-company employee, installed four...

 

Elitist Ivanka Trump want more skilled immigration

Ivanka Trump wasn’t in the Golden Globes audience when master of ceremonies Ricky Gervais delivered his scathing indictment of celebrities and Hollywood elite. Trump would have been well advised to...

 

North Dakota has a huge public square

Many states claim to be different, but of all of the states, North Dakota has the distinction of having the flattest power structure. Power is distributed thinly because everybody must have “a...

 

Recover from your holiday spending hangover

The holidays can be such a joyous time of year, but so much time and effort to plan and prepare, and then… just like that, it’s over. The meal leaves you full and exhausted. The holiday bills can...

 

Talking to my daughter about war and 'megafires'

 We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It’s a chance to break away from work, and to touch base with my only child. She’s 14 now. And it won’t be...

 

George Washington's ignored example

Have I benefited from nepotism and cronyism? Sure. But at least I feel guilty about it. Nepotism, says Dictionary.com, is “patronage bestowed or fav...

 

Habitat and access drive the outdoor economy

Each year hunters and anglers wait with anticipation for North Dakota’s hunting seasons to open and the ice to clear the lakes for fishing. People from across the country dream of timing the...

 

Liberal NY Jew does well in North Dakota

When former State Representative Eliot Glassheim came to North Dakota in the early 1970s to teach literature at the University of North Dakota, he had three strikes against him: He was from New York....

 

The onion calendar

I'd just pulled up to the post office to mail a couple of packages when Delbert Eszlinger called to wish me a Happy New Year from his ranch seven miles northeast of Ashley. After we bragged about the...

 

Can you possibly meet your savings goals in 2020?

A recent “Wall Street Journal” article touted New Year’s as one of the optimal “clean slate” times to draft a financial plan. (“Ahem…unless that plan involves something foolhardy like...

 

Iraq: America's Other "Longest War"

As the calendar prepared to flip from 2019 to 2020, protesters stormed the US embassy in Baghdad. As I write this, the action -- a response to US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria which killed at least 25...

 

California's population swells, but leadership wants more immigrations

The California Department of Finance announced that the state’s population fell just 40,000 people short of a historic 40 million residents. Sacramento demographers, as well as population experts...

 
 By Ed Schafer    Opinion    January 6, 2020

Letter: A Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library influences the world

A Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Influences the World  While pondering the potential of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora, I think back to my time at the Nixon Library...

 

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...

 

Political rhetoric speaks volumes about impeachment

If you observe politics the way I do – as one stares at a five-car pileup on the freeway – your gaping will always be rewarded. The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Trump, but the rhe...

 

Congressional delegation plays key role in helping rural communities

Dear Editor, Washington politics have become so polarized that it can be tough for Democrats and Republicans to come together to tackle big challenges. But that’s exactly what happened recently on...

 

Am I finally appreciating the lessons of Christmas 1969?

Most of my Christmases have become hopelessly blurred together, but Christmas 1969 holds a special place in my heart. In fact, back in 1998 my very first yuletide column took a whimsically nostalgic...

 

Will impeachment hurt Trump in 2020? Here's the case for optimism

Most Americans, exhausted by Trump’s demagogic lying and relentless pillaging of the values we hold dear, are understandably skeptical that impeachment will cleanse the stench and quash the...

 

For the love of the dog

She once ate an entire stack of pancakes – at least six or seven – while I was taking my daughter to the school bus. On Thanksgiving, several years ago, she ate the last piece of apple pie. I...

 

Ho, ho, the mistletoe

During the holiday season, which now stretches from autumnal equinox to New Year’s Day, it’s nearly impossible to turn on the radio or walk...

 

Should we even celebrate Frosty's 50th anniversary?

Maybe it’s because my first viewing of “Rudolph” occurred when I was four years old and my first viewing of “Frosty the Snowman” happened when I was a worldly wise nine-year-old, but I’ve...

 

Jedi mind tricks: Amazon versus the Pentagon and Trump

Amazon is one of the largest companies in the world, boasting revenues of more than $230 billion last year. But last month the company sued the US Department of Defense over a paltry potential $10 bil...

 

Let it snow

We could use a good snowstorm right about now. I love a good dusting of snow. I love how it disrupts our routines and throws everything out of whack....

 

OK, Tail-end Boomer

I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme. I’ve had my issues with baby boomers, too....

 

Deck the hall and hit the deck

Yes, I am one of “those” people. About 30 minutes after Labor Day has officially ended, I feel a strange compulsion to binge on my mother’s iced sugar cookies shaped like snowmen while...

 

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