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OUR OPINION: Spirit Lake and other tribes need a free pres

October 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When tribal leaders show themselves to be that deep in denial, taxpayers wonder if the situation ever will improve, with or without intervention by the BIA.
That’s where a free and independent press on the reservation can come in. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Obama should defend free speech

September 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of free speech is one of the landmark achievements of human civilization. It’s a bedrock freedom for which the Statue of Liberty lifts her lamp beside the golden door.
And it should be honored as such not downplayed, not soft-pedaled and not apologized for. Continue Reading

Accused by the tortured victims of war crimes

June 6, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

President Barack Obama’s key rallying message for re-election is “Forward,” as in his purported revival of the economy and promised expanding and fortifying of health care. Continue Reading

OBIT: Barney Rosset, 89, publisher and fearless First Amendment crusader

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Barney Rosset, the fiery and fearless publisher who introduced the country to countless political and avant-garde writers and risked prison and financial ruin to release such underground classics as “Tropic of Cancer” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” has died. Continue Reading

Supreme Court rejects appeal over prayer at public meeting

January 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The justices today left in place a federal appeals court ruling that held that the predominantly Christian prayers at the start of Forsyth County commission meetings violated the First Amendment’s prohibition on government endorsement of a particular religion. Continue Reading

Supreme Court hearing arguments over curse words, coarse content on TV

January 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The justices are hearing arguments today in a First Amendment case that pits the Obama administration against the nation’s television networks. The material at issue includes the isolated use of expletives as well as fines against broadcasters who showed a woman’s nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of ABC’s “NYPD Blue.” Continue Reading

OPINION: First Amendment, laws about lying sometimes at odds

November 17, 2011 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON The Stolen Valor Act of 2005, a compound of political pandering and moral exhibitionism, was whooped through the Senate, aka the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” by unanimous consent; the House, joining the stampede, passed it by a voice vote. So Xavier Alvarez now hopes the Supreme Court will save him from punishment for lying. And his is not the only case arising from government supervising speech that is demonstrably, or arguably, inaccurate. Continue Reading

TUPPER: We want an answer on Mitchell City Council’s closed-door meeting

July 1, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Mitchell city attorney Randy Stiles apparently thinks he can go behind closed doors to discuss anything he wants with your City Council, because everything the council discusses with him in such a setting. Continue Reading

Federal judges consider high school sports case

January 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A Wisconsin case that could have nationwide implications for how reporters cover and how parents watch high school sports is making its way through the courts, with crucial constitutional arguments taking place Friday in federal court in Chicago. Continue Reading