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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

NDSU, short for North Dakota’s team The Daily News, Wahpeton, Jan. 19, 2015 The North Dakota State University Bison football team has captured a four-peat title from the FCS, that of national champions. But more importantly, they captured the admiration and loyalty from an entire state of proud North Dakotans. So many conversations this week have started with, “Did you ...

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Editorial: Soak-the-rich scheme would hurt us all

President Barack O’Robin Hood spoke to the American people Tuesday and promised everything short of maid service. In his last two years, the president will take from the rich and give to the poor — if the Republicans will let him. To fund free college, a tripling of child care support, tax benefits for a select group and higher mandatory ...

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Opinion: Hegar tells it like it actually may be

economy

Texas accounts for 17 percent of U.S. exports and has been the No. 1 export state since 2002. Those are fun facts — or should be since, at their core, they’re about money. They’re among the facts in the Texas Comptroller’s Biennial Revenue Estimate, which is a lot more interesting than its title suggests. We should be excited about our ...

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Editorial: Winners and losers in the oil bust

pump jack

The recent plunge in oil prices is great news for almost everyone. Motorists pay less at the pump for gas; airlines save money on jet fuel; retailers are likely to profit from the estimated $130 billion consumers will have to spend on other stuff. The economy should grow a bit faster, too. The trade balance will improve, since the United ...

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Oil price fears prompt calls for backup budget

You have to hand it to North Dakota Democrats. What they lack in electability they make up for in chutzpah. Last week a group of Democrat lawmakers got together and called for the state to create two budgets in the face of revenue uncertainty caused by falling oil prices. “Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider referred to a Legislative Council memo ...

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Editorial: More help needed to fight sex trafficking

While sex trafficking and sexual exploitation are not new challenges to law enforcement, there is no doubt they’ve become more visible in recent years. For example, Assistant Stearns County Attorney Shan Wang said just last week his office took part in the first local trial he can remember for a “john” — a man accused of paying for sex. Wang, ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Minot Daily News, Minot, Jan. 8, 2015 Not time to give up on Bakken It didn’t take long for Watford City’s Alco store to be repurposed. Home of Economy, a solid business name in North Dakota since 1939, has stepped in and will open a new store there later this month. With oil prices tanking and North Dakota residents trying ...

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Editorial: It’s time to finally end fracking war

For all we know, there are die-hards out there who are still keeping their Confederate money just in case the South rises again. Nearly as absurd was what occurred last week at a meeting of the Otsego County Board of Representatives in which Rep. Kathy Clark, R-Otego, retained her chairmanship. Clark was challenged by Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, who hoped ...

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Editorial: Clean energy expanding, even in Kentucky

Despite declining oil prices, clean-energy investment rose worldwide last year by 16 percent to $310 billion. China led the way, reports Bloomberg Energy Finance, increasing its investment in low-carbon energy to $89.5 billion. Investment in clean energy reached $66 billion in Europe and $51.8 billion in the United States, the most here since 2012. Bloomberg reports that Japan is the ...

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