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 By Jase Graves    Opinion    August 15, 2022 

If you can't beat the heat, join it

East Texas is hot, and not in the way you compliment your wife when she's mad at you for performing an epic cannonball while she's lounging by the pool with her laptop. For the past few weeks, Texas (and much of the world) has been suffering through...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    August 15, 2022 

Mini Market movers motivated by mentors

I was excited for the Mini Market in Carrington City Park last Tuesday, as it was a chance to see the next generation of movers and shakers in business, in action. I unfortunately couldn’t make it,...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    August 15, 2022 

Lochnerizing: Supreme Court cements substantive due process

In its recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court denounced judicial resort to the doctrine of substantive due process to pour the foundation for the fundamental right to access contra...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    August 8, 2022

The keys to living well

Comedian Carl Reiner was good at living well - and he lived well until the age of 98. I recently watched his 2017 HBO documentary, "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast." It introduces viewers to...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    August 8, 2022

"Like a loaded weapon": The Korematsu ruling as a threat

The Supreme Court’s decision in Korematsu v. United States (1944), upholding the forced evacuation of American citizens of Japanese descent from their homes for no reason other than their ancestry was, as scholars have characterized it, a national...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    August 8, 2022

A vision for the future of Main Street

Today I’m noshing on a summer salad and sipping raspberry tea from inside the Garden Gate, Carrington’s downtown gathering place. The exposed brick walls, tin ceilings and beautiful barnwood...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    August 1, 2022

The hostess with the mostest

I had the privilege of inviting newspaper colleagues of mine from across the state to central North Dakota recently. This was one of the "perks" of serving as president of the North Dakota Newspaper...

 

Letter to the Editor: Re: Times have changed

Dear sir: There is a stigma that animals rescued on the Spirit Lake Reservation will be shot if no rescue or foster homes are found. This may have happened in the past under previous animal rescue personnel out here, but that was in the past. We...

 

Guest Review: Worthy of applause

I’m writing this from the Rock Inn, a beautiful family owned small hotel in New Rockford, North Dakota. I’m here as a board member for the North Dakota Newspaper Association and our president invited us to her community of 1,428 people for...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    August 1, 2022

Korematsu: A heart-breaking landmark decision

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Korematsu v. United States (1944), upheld a government program that required the exclusion of Japanese American citizens from areas along the West Coast on the premise, without benefit of any evidence, that...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    July 25, 2022

Time for a reset

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott For the first time since I became a newspaper publisher, I “unplugged” for three days....

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 25, 2022

Teens not working doesn't work for America

Here's a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs - down from 75 perce...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    July 25, 2022

Constitutional Principles for the ages: McCulloch for Maryland

Chief Justice John Marshall’s landmark opinion for the Supreme Court in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), articulated foundational principles that have shaped American constitutional law to this day. In words that have become a legendary incantation,...

 
 By Peter Funt    Opinion    July 18, 2022

Make national parks free for all

For just one day this summer - and if you're planning a vacation, it's Thursday, August 4 - entrance fees are waived at the 110 national parks that normally charge admission. These include top...

 
 By Anne Ehni    Opinion    July 18, 2022

Guest Editorial: Another Perspective

Are we ready? Are we ready? Are we prepared to stand behind the reversal of Roe v Wade? I’m not convinced we are. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro-life. I’ve dedicated my life to pro-life choices. And it’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever do...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    July 18, 2022

McCulloch: Shaping the future of American constitutional law

The constitutional issues that the Supreme Court addressed—and answered—in the landmark case of McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), have shaped our nation’s constitutional law for two centuries. McCulloch is of such surpassing importance that a...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    July 11, 2022

The need to vacate this summer

I sure could use a vacation about now - but I have no plans to take one this summer. That's the breaks for self-employed people like me who do not enjoy paid-­vacation benefits. When I do not work,...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    July 11, 2022

The Fourth of July is as sweet as peach pie

Independence Day is my favorite holiday. Since I was little, I have looked forward to the annual mid-summer celebration. I mean, what’s not to love? The weather is warm, the sun is bright, and there...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    July 11, 2022

McCulloch v. Maryland: The greatest of landmark decisions

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), widely regarded by scholars as the most important decision ever rendered by the nation’s High Tribunal, provided firm footing for national action and continues to shape...

 
 By Jake Steinfeld    Opinion    July 4, 2022

Exercise is good medicine for the Mental Health of North Dakota kids

Today, more than ever, our children are struggling with their mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but the issue needs to be recognized all year long. We simply can’t ignore the problem any longer. Between the recent mass shooting...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    July 4, 2022

We the People: Constitutional responses to emergencies

The Steel Seizure Case (1952) raised the critical issue of the constitutional prescription for confronting emergencies. President Harry Truman, facing a nationwide steel strike, which he believed would undermine America’s participation in the...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    July 4, 2022

Protecting the public's right to know

Publishing public notices is our civic duty as newspapers. From the Abstract of Votes that officially reports the results of a recent election (as published in the Transcript this week, page B3, and...

 
 By Jeff Olson    Opinion    June 27, 2022

Where can consumers turn in times of financial distress?

The latest economic news has Americans getting poorer. In fact, recent reports are indicating that two-thirds of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Further, it's not just those living near...

 
 By Lloyd Omdahl    Opinion    June 27, 2022

Should the CCC be revived?

Walsh County Record (Grafton) Editor W. Todd Morgan reminded us last week that June observed the 80th anniversary of the closing of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization of young men 18-20...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    June 27, 2022

Emergencies and the Constitution: Retroactive Ratification

The Supreme Court’s rejection in the Steel Seizure Case of President Harry Truman’s assertion of an inherent executive power to seize the steel mills to thwart a nationwide strike, generated questions about the location in the Constitution of aut...

 

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