“I say, folks, I am sure glad to be included in this Consumer Protection Institute, but how did you come up with that great name?” “Just copied the interest groups. They always have a fabricated title that suggests they’re all for the public good when they are really planning something else.” “Well, I thought it would be helpful for us to share some of our best ideas for improving profits by packaging our products to separate those indiscreet consumers from their money. Who wants to be first?” “I’ll take it.
A group of nine ex-Hutterites are going to great lengths to denounce the theology and governance flaws of Hutterite colonies in North Dakota and Canada. They are now touting a second book about their experiences and taking their case to the secular world.
President Barack Obama has come and gone. While on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation south of Bismarck, he gave a message of encouragement to all of the residents in Indian Country. He promised a better future for American Indian children by breaking down the old cycles that have handicapped progress on Indian Reservations. The common theme of his proposals was the idea of giving American Indians greater control of their environment.
During the 2014 election cycle, North Dakota will be spending $700,000 on advertisements to remind voters that they now need an identification to vote and that ID voting is as “easy as pie.” The first defense for spending this huge sum of money is that it is federal money. If this money had to come from the state treasury, it would never be spent. But we all know that federal money is cheap, so we can spend it without justification.
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, he called the Israelites together and announced that hereafter, the Commandments would be the rules. “Did you have hearings?” a passing North Dakotan asked. “Well, no,” Moses responded. “Nothing can be ‘the rules’ without hearings,” the North Dakotan declared.
OK, all of you retired slackers and able-bodied homeless. It’s time to step up to the plate for North Dakota. While other states are frantically looking for jobs, North Dakota has too many — and unless we get more bodies into the workforce, our economy will slow down, the Bakken oil boom notwithstanding.
In the upcoming November general election, North Dakota voters will consider the Legislature’s proposal to abolish the present Board of Higher Education and replace it with a full-time, three-member commission. This won’t be the first time the state has addressed the issue of higher education governance. We did it in 1915, 1919 and 1938.
The Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment proposing to dedicate $100 million annually to conservation in North Dakota has become the subject of a well-orchestrated attack by an array of state organizations and their supporters.
On the premise that our homes are our castles, we have invoked the right to “stand our ground” and shoot anyone who appears on the castle grounds. To implement this concept, it is the current consensus that we all must have guns, even though less lethal weapons, such as baseball bats, would suffice as a deterrent 90 percent of the time.
North Dakota is rich — incredibly rich. According to figures compiled by Governing, a state and local news magazine, eight of the 25 richest counties in the United States are in North Dakota. Six of those eight counties — Williams, Slope, Billings, Dunn, Mountrail and McKenzie — can attribute much of their wealth to the oil industry; the other two counties — Steele and Wells — can be explained by agricultural prosperity.