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 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    November 28, 2022 

Mom pride at courtside

As I write this, I’m preparing to sleep in my own bed for the first time since Wednesday (and it’s Sunday). Armed with my media pass, new Rocket gear and Erik Gjovik’s Nikon camera, I spent the...

 

Guest: Rethink the Click - Support small this season

Online shopping is so convenient. Just open a browser and click a couple of times and your holiday gifts could be on their way. But this holiday season we're asking you to rethink the click and suppor...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    November 28, 2022 

Blaisdell: Constitutional flexibility in the face of crisis

The enormous pressures and hardships—financial, medical and psychological-- inflicted on the citizenry by the Great Depression required creative governmental responses that stressed the limits of the Constitution. In the face of the nation’s...

 

Shoot low, sheriff, they're riding Shetlands

 I don’t know why, but this past year I’ve gotten hooked on the TV reruns of Gunsmoke.  And, the reason is easy to explain. I have cut out watching the news, most of which is on the national...

 

We the People - Before the court: The future of national unity

 Two hundred years ago, in the landmark case of Cohens v. Virginia (1821), the future of our Constitution, the aspirations of national unity, and the status and role of the federal judiciary itself, were before the Supreme Court. We have seldom...

 

SOS to Apple: Fix This

 A sheriff’s deputy roared into our driveway the other morning, rang the bell, and asked my wife if she knew my whereabouts.  Alarmed at first, then puzzled, Amy answered honestly: “He’s...

 

The little box that makes a difference

Few things in the area of meetings or events surprise me these days, especially after some 60 years or more of attending just about all types of gatherings involving people and their programs. But...

 

We the People: Affirmative action in universities - Has it a future?

 The controversial use by college admission committees of an applicant’s race was the subject of a five-hour hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court this week in cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The lengthy o...

 

Guest: North Dakotans pass term limits by wide margin

North Dakota for Term Limits celebrated a big win for Ballot Measure 1, which will apply term limits to the office of Governor, State House and State Senate.  “First and foremost, we want to thank the people of North Dakota for their tremendous s...

 

Tradition with a twist

My husband and I started our relationship on a gravel road in rural Wells County (somewhere between Barlow and Cathay, if my memory serves me correctly) exactly 22 years ago this past weekend. At...

 

Letters to the Editor: Vote Yes on Measure 1

There are 15 states that have enacted term limits on their state legislatures. There are also 36 states which have term limits on their governors. Our state now has the opportunity to join both lists as it votes on Constitutional Measure 1 at the...

 

We the People: Presidents and former Presidents are subject to subpoenas

The 1807 treason trial of Aaron Burr, lost in the mists of early American legal history stirs, at most, only feint recollections among members of the Bar, let alone the general public. But Chief Justice John Marshall’s landmark ruling that the pres...

 

Bringing art to life

This week Transcript Publishing brought a new publication into existence. My sister, Victoria, is an artist. Ever since she was a little girl, she has drawn and painted and brought things to life...

 

Halloween is for kids, isn't it?

It's a question worth asking in these nutty times: how old is too old to trick-or-treat? On the question-and-answer website Quora, some people ask if the age of 12 is a good time to hang up the ghost...

 

"Equal protection: Serving sons and daughters"

In 1996, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark opinion in United States v. Virginia that exalted women’s rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by ending the 157-year-old tradition of all-male education at the Virginia Mili...

 

What's in my name?

I've experienced a lifelong identity crisis, of sorts, because of my name (or names), and I've actually kind of enjoyed it – most of the time. The controversy began in 1970, around the time that I made my almost 10-pound newborn debut (sorry,...

 

Letters to the Editor: No on Measure 1

Dear Editor, Measure 1 is portrayed as a “fix” for North Dakota politics. Again, out-of-state money and individuals are trying to influence our state’s election process. I’m tired of out-of-staters telling us what’s good for North Dakota...

 

Letter to the Editor: NDFB opposes Measure 2

NDFB urges a no vote on Measure 2 this November, citing its long-standing policy against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in North Dakota. “Our concerns are based on the unintended consequences for farmers, ranchers, employers and...

 

"Muller v. Oregon: Protection for Women in the Workplace"

The U.S. Supreme Court’s long, tortured road to recognizing women’s constitutional rights in the late 20th Century was preceded by victories based, not on the principle of their equality, but on the perception of their inferiority. The Court had...

 

Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four U.S. adults has a disability. Yet despite ADA protections, federal tax incentives, and private sector opportunity programs, millions of individuals with disabilities looking for...

 

Still think everything is awful? Here are three reasons for hope.

Step away from Twitter. Stop doom-scrolling. Yes, I know, American democracy is under assault. Russian President Vladimir Putin is muttering dark warnings about nuclear weapons in the face of heroic and historic resistance by Ukraine. Dozens of...

 

"Supreme Court in 1873: Women unfit to practice law"

Not every landmark Supreme Court decision champions the rights of Americans or limits governmental power in a manner that preserves and protects our constitutional democracy. Some seminal rulings shock the conscience, rock the foundation of the...

 

All Things October

We turned the calendar over to a new month this past week, at seemingly record-breaking speed. It has now been one year since I became publisher of two newspapers, and I just don’t know where the ti...

 

Hung up on rudeness

Changing communications technology is one of life's never-ending annoyances, and now we have a new agitation: voice messaging. Voice messaging allows smartphone owners to record their voice and send...

 

U.S. v. Smith: No Presidential Power to Initiate War

American legal history firmly rejects the view advanced by some commentators and politicians that the president, not Congress, may decide when to initiate war. It was, of course, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in a series of rulings at the dawn...

 

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