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Omdahl: Camping resets end date PressPass

Even though Jesus said he didn’t know much about the end of the world, some of his alleged followers keep making predictions with certainty and conviction. Apparently, they don’t want to deal with the day-to-day challenge of living Christianity so they sit around and speculate about the unknowable.

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Omdahl: Updating ’38 guide to history PressPass

Most folks who can remember the Works Progress Administration think of it as a program for blue-collar workers who became unemployed in the Great Depression.

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Omdahl: UUFDA measure changed PressPass

As they say in Trondheim, the lutefisk is out of the barrel. An anonymous source close to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws has disclosed that the upcoming Legislature will be taking up an UUFDA* bill, and this without holding hearings in Bergen, Olga, Fort Ransom or any other North Dakota community known to boast of a large number of bona fide Norwegians.

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Omdahl: Wrigley takes on great job PressPass

Dear Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley: First, congratulations on your appointment by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Be a good choice.

Omdahl: Off-year elections haunted PressPass

While pundits on television are spending their time talking about the political environment in this nonpresidential election, they are neglecting the historical weather vanes that would give some direction to their speculations. With rare exceptions, the party of the sitting president loses congressional and legislative seats in nonpresidential election years.

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Omdahl: Live-ins often go awry PressPass

“Shacking up” is the old term for cohabitation. But “shacking up” made cohabitation sound so crude we now call it “live-in,” a term that applies to 25,000 relationships in North Dakota.

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Omdahl: Focus on good in nation PressPass

In a few days, we will be celebrating the 234th birthday of the Republic. Or will we? For the past several decades, discontent has become more prevalent than gratitude, the “Be grateful” billboards posted by the Newman Sign Co. notwithstanding.

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Omdahl: Clay Jenkinson got it right: Art Link was the last agrarian PressPass

In his tribute at Gov. Art Link’s funeral, Clay Jenkinson, a leading western historian, opined that the former governor was the last agrarian, the last agricultural icon of the rural West.

Omdahl: District Judge Weir raises red flag over plea bargains PressPass

Plea bargaining, the practice of offering a suspect a lesser charge in exchange for a guilty plea, has become a widespread practice in the criminal justice system.

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Omdahl: Pundits misread elections PressPass

The political pundits had a field week with the recent gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and congressional elections in New York and California.

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Columns

Omdahl: Board forced to fight PressPass

Passage of the legislation to require the University of North Dakota to keep the Fighting Sioux logo has put the Board of Higher Education in a historic quandary.

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Omdahl: They’ve labored like ants PressPass

Well, the Legislature is halfway through its biennial 80-day session and still has most of the major bills to consider.

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Omdahl: They’ve violated the oath PressPass

At the outset, it should be stated that every member of the Legislature is aware of the constitutional authority of the Board of Higher Education in regard to the state’s colleges and universities.

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Omdahl: We’re all invested in debt PressPass

The effort to deal with the mushrooming national debt is dead in the water. Even the tea party will not do much to move the agenda because, when the chips are down, too many of the tea party folks are in on the tea.

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Omdahl: ‘Folks at home’ is a ploy PressPass

“This is what the people in my district favor” is a common claim made by legislators as they support and oppose measures in the legislative process.

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Omdahl: Another foolish exercise PressPass

As a longtime admirer of the U.S. Constitution, I was more than pleased to hear that the House of Representatives was taking the time to read the document at the opening session of Congress.

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Omdahl: Again, the grab for power PressPass

“The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.”

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Omdahl: Red tape is getting a bad rap PressPass

‘If men were angels, no government would be necessary,” James Madison told the voters of New York in 1788 when they were considering whether to ratify the new U. S. Constitution.

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Omdahl: Pieces of 1974 puzzle PressPass

The new biography of Sen. Milton R. Young not only adds substance to North Dakota’s historical archives, but it also provides some new pieces to the puzzle involved in the 1974 race between Young and Gov. William Guy.

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Omdahl: ‘Man up’ to debt crisis PressPass

OK, folks, we’ve been challenged to “man up” to the national debt by the chairpersons of the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson Commission appointed by President Barack Obama.

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