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 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    November 11, 2019 

This Nov. 11, help stem the tide of Veteran suicides

The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual...

 

The President and SBA support North Dakota's Veterans and families

Over the last three years, President Trump has made it his priority to highlight the importance of our nation’s veteran entrepreneurs. He has empowered the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    November 11, 2019 

Can we avoid war over Veterans Day?

The words weren’t aimed directly at me, but I was recently flummoxed by an unexpected undercurrent of animosity. In an online post, a military veteran refused to confine his anger to people who...

 

Pounding the Table

That’s the current state of Republican explanations and justifications and bend-over-backwardifications about the explicitly criminal behavior of...

 

Today's bullies are online. So is help for them and their victims,

My sister Kris kicked the tar out of Frankie Leper. It happened in 1972 after Leper, a notorious neighborhood bully, busted up my handmade go-kart,...

 

Letter to the editor: Fair Housing for All

 This month High Plains Fair Housing Center launches a campaign to fight sexual harassment in housing. The campaign in North Dakota is inspired by a similar national campaign launched in early 2019...

 

Letter to the Editor: Get the U.S. out of the UN 

After WWII we joined the United Nations— to ensure peace. Has that worked? Human rights was another reason for the UN. It even has a “human rights” council (UNHRC)— with current and past...

 

On energy issues, remember forgotten America

On Oct. 15, the Trump administration unveiled a new agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)— a policy intended to secure America’s domestic energy production. The plan, which will expand re...

 

CNN blows another debate

Twelve presidential wannabes standing in a row on stage for three hours. Three friendly liberal journalists under-handing softball questions to them....

 

Congress may move to lower drug prices later this year or next

Maybe – just maybe – Americans will get some relief from the relentlessly rising prices of pharmaceuticals. That, of course depends on Congress pushing back against the drug companies...

 

Letter to the Editor: Omdahl continues to deliver false information about Ethics Commission

A recent opinion piece written by columnist and former Democrat Lieutenant Gov. Lloyd Omdahl continues the misleading, coordinated left-wing spin machine’s narrative regarding the Constitutional...

 

Raising our kids to hate

A Jeb Bush tweet this week got me thinking about some of the ways our nasty partisan politics has been hurting our kids. Paraphrasing Jeb, he asked,...

 

"The Grid" is the problem, not the solution

On Oct. 9, Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting down power to about 750,000 customers (affecting as many as 2 million people) in California. The company claims the shutdowns are necessary to reduce...

 
 By Will Durst    Opinion    October 21, 2019

You can't do that

All of Washington is vibrating like the foam on a latte in the cup holder of a convertible jeep riding railroad tracks over a bridge. Republicans are scrambling to hold together their diverse...

 

Everyone deserves a second chance

To anyone who doesn't live here, America may seem like a land of confusion. Much of what we do in the public square is riddled with contradictions. We're known as a place where law and order reign...

 

'Fall back' to putting life's small joys ahead of politics

Autumn has arrived. I can't think of a better time to put priorities back in order. You see, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds that...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 By Tom Purcell    Opinion    October 7, 2019

Make this a beautiful day in your neighborhood

Tom Hanks is right: We should be allowed to start off our days feeling good. Hanks stars as Fred "Mister" Rogers in the movie "A Beautiful Day in the...

 

Politicians: A necessary demystification

Politicians are people with jobs and with bosses. On its face that seems like a relatively uncontroversial statement, but I'm always surprised at how much time people spend looking for high principle...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    October 7, 2019

Do you aspire to be a fly on the wall?

What can you say about the eavesdropper wannabes who sigh, "I wish I could be a fly on the wall for that conversation"? Why is becoming a disease-spreading insect their "go to" position for spying?...

 

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...

 

Football cliches and the Democratic Primary

Got an embarrassing admission here. I was scheduled to summarize the Democratic candidates’ debate last week, but also had a deadline about the opening of the football season, and they kind of got...

 

Remembering loved ones lost during Suicide Awareness Month

I never met my great-grandfather, although I've seen pictures of him. The one I treasure most is a family photo, similar to those images on an Ancestry.com commercial, where he is sitting with his...

 

1. Make Lists 2. Read Lists 3. Make More Lists

Here are my five favorite things about this sentence: (1) It grabs your attention, (2) It keeps you guessing, (3) It's not overly wordy, (4) It's...

 

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