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 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    October 3, 2022

It all takes balance

Lifestyle changes are hard, especially when it comes to food. About two months ago, my husband and I decided to make a change in our diets. Since he doesn’t like it when I talk about him in my...

 

National Newspaper Week is Oct. 2-8: Newspapers have never been more relevant

We all have stories of readers desperately seeking reliable information, whether it be about COVID-19 during the pandemic or for a report of what's happening at city hall or the county courthouse. We at NNA see it in our daily government affairs...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    October 3, 2022

We the People: A little-known landmark ruling of historic dimensions

Little v. Barreme, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1804, may be among the least familiar landmark rulings ever rendered, but it settled momentous constitutional and legal questions that plumb the depths of American history. In an opinion...

 

Life is a series of volleys

 I attended an NR-S vs. Carrington volleyball match as publisher of both newspapers for the first time on Thursday, Sept. 15.  I saw administrators and school board members of both schools at the...

 

On winning the lottery

I bought my first lottery ticket recently.  It was a $20 scratch-off that paid me a $40 prize.  Winning produced a nice little thrill, so I bought another $20 ticket right away. And lost.  I...

 

We the People: The Court Protects the American Labor Movement

 In a stunning decision on April 12, 1937, with enormous constitutional, economic and societal importance, the U.S. Supreme Court, in National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, upheld a law that transformed workers...

 

Take time to rest

I thrive on deadlines. I get a sense of accomplishment every time I can check something off my to-do list, flip through the pages of a newspaper fresh off the press, or see a finished project come to...

 

Getting older means saying goodbye to friends

There are stubborn and unwelcome facts about getting older. The gray hairs that weren't there the day before. The injuries from running or other sports that come easier and are harder to shake off than they were before. And your friends die. This sum...

 

The Court, the minimum wage ruling and the Holy Ghost

The Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling in West Coast Hotel v. Parrish (1937), set against the backdrop of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s controversial court-packing plan, shocked the nation when it upheld state authority to impose a minimum wag...

 

The danger of silencing words

I've been called a lot of things in my life, some of them endearing, most of them not. When Barack Obama referred to conservatives like me as people who cling to our guns and religion, I was...

 

A little Homecoming nostalgia

I have a song by Kenny Chesney in my head right now, “The Boys of Fall.” “Standin' in the huddle listenin' to the call “Fans goin' crazy for the boys of fall” Yes, it's Homecoming, and this...

 

Shelley v. Kraemer: "My Little Soul is Overjoyed"

In 1947, in the context of changing attitudes about race and a historic shift in federal policy on the practice of segregation in housing, punctuated by President Harry S. Truman’s spirited attack on discrimination in America, the Supreme Court...

 

The butterfly effect

We’ve had some heavy news weeks this summer. Burglaries, fatal crashes, residents fighting cancer, and a suspected murder-suicide were among the hard news headlines of the summer 2022 news cycle in...

 

The elephant in the college classroom

"Half of that goes to the bank for your college fund!" That's what my father told me in the 8th grade, when I got my first paycheck for waking up at 5:30 a.m. to ride my bike a few miles to Cool...

 

Gideon's trumpet: Toward equality in criminal justice

Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), entrenched in American folklore by a best-selling book and a popular film, was one of the most famous decisions rendered by the Warren Court. In a landmark opinion that reflected the Supreme Court’s determination to...

 
 By Allen Stock    Opinion    August 29, 2022

Many years of veggies and flowers

My mother made me do it! Rather, she really didn't make me, she actually taught me how to do it through lots of hard work and all the time I spent in her garden as a kid. I have and never did regret...

 
 By Danny Tyree    Opinion    August 29, 2022

Are you losing sleep over slumber parties?

"Anxious parents are no longer allowing their kids to go to slumber parties," announced a blurb in the August 16 "New York Post." Slumber parties are not usually one of the top subjects on my mind in...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    August 29, 2022

Loving v. Virginia: Equal means equal

In a blockbuster, landmark ruling that rolled back the tides of racism and White Supremacy, the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia (1967), affirmed marriage as a fundamental right protected by the 14th Amendment when it struck down a state law that...

 

Call for Pledge of Allegiance in schools

Gov. Doug Burgum today released the following statement regarding the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and at meetings of elected governing bodies in North Dakota. "America is the land of opportunity. And students in every public school in...

 
 By Craig Voigt    Opinion    August 22, 2022

Letter to the Editor: On the road again!

Whoa! I bet we are in the running as the most expensive town per capita in the state to live in. Granted, we are getting some much needed improvements, although I’m not in favor of property owners footing the bill every time. With these new...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Opinion    August 22, 2022

Under Construction

As the old joke goes, there are only two seasons in North Dakota: winter and road construction. If there was a year where that is more true, it would be 2022. Our area saw snowstorms in late April, an...

 
 By David Adler    Opinion    August 22, 2022

Lochner: Clashing judicial views and the state police powers

Justice Rufus Peckham’s opinion in the landmark case of Lochner v. New York (1905), cemented the Supreme Court’s embrace of the liberty of contract doctrine and its tilt toward the laissez-faire economic philosophy of the day. Justice...

 
 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...

 

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