After a couple centuries of government support, the Protestant mores that have dominated the American culture are disappearing from the public square.
State policymakers across the country have always been plagued by undue political influence whenever an economic interest develops a huge stake in state policies.RELATED CONTENT
At a time when the nation needs to capitalize on the natural talents of all of its young people, skyrocketing tuition and borrowing have become major barriers for young people wishing to get a college degree. Even though a college degree is worth every dime in the long run, the upfront costs are forbidding.RELATED CONTENT
We welcome the development in the North Dakota Oil Patch and celebrate the benefits that will enrich mineral owners, landlords, community businesses, oil companies and the state treasury.RELATED CONTENT
Ten years ago, President George W. Bush saw the entrepreneurial leadership of the United States in the world slipping away, with China, Japan, India and Brazil becoming leading players in the global economy.
With the U.S. Postal Service on the edge of bankruptcy, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue – backed by the General Accountability Office – is proposing drastic across-the-board cuts to stabilize the agency.
While each group consists of divergent motives and opinions, the tea party and Occupy Wall Street have one common thread – the demand to be heard. History tells us that this is not a new complaint.RELATED CONTENT
On Nov. 3, a committee of the Legislature received testimony and considered the merits of the initiated measure that proposes to repeal all property taxes in North Dakota beginning Jan. 1, 2012. The legislators were not impressed.
Chances are good that you have been a tax dodger. Unknowingly, of course.
Even though it is too early to start placing bets on the 2012 election, John Dwyer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, wanted the best estimates at the annual meeting of the Lignite Energy Council in Bismarck earlier this month.
The legislative leadership responsible for the big tax cuts is calling them “the largest tax-relief package this state has ever seen.”RELATED CONTENT
It is not my wish to rain on everyone’s parade, but the huge tax cuts passed by the recent Legislature are neither wise nor conservative.RELATED CONTENT
‘Where Seldom Was Heard A Discouraging Word’ was the title chosen by Gov. William Guy for his summary of personal experiences during his 12 years as the state’s chief executive.RELATED CONTENT
Dr. Oz, the television guru on diets, has been touting all sorts of meals and concoctions to curb the obesity epidemic. In spite of his exhortations, Americans are continuing to balloon in their britches, raising the cost of health care for all of us.RELATED CONTENT
Questions of conflicts of interest are continuing to haunt the North Dakota policymakers involved in the burgeoning oil industry.RELATED CONTENT
Any legislator who didn’t come to Bismarck with a bill to reform the State Board of Higher Education was simply left out of the conversation this session.RELATED CONTENT
The authority to initiate and refer laws, often called “direct democracy,” has been a constant irritant to the Legislature but, in fact, it has saved the assembly from some unpleasant job-threatening controversies.RELATED CONTENT
Not even Christmas can escape the divisive polarization that has embittered American politics. Christmas peace is being disrupted by an evolving controversy between the advocates of “Merry Christmas” and the revisionists who want “Happy Holidays.”RELATED CONTENT
Since my discussion on signature fraud in the initiative and referendum process appeared two weeks ago, Secretary of State Al Jaeger and I have been exchanging notes about the problem and likely solutions.RELATED CONTENT