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Other Views: North Dakota tax chief should not step down

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

North Dakota’s appointed tax commissioner, Ryan Rauschenberger, should not resign because he is struggling with alcohol abuse. Calls for him to do so make no sense because, no matter what he does, his name will be on the ballot in November. The dea…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: ND board of higher ed works for taxpayers, not presidents

August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

You’ve probably seen it happen if you’ve served on a board: Candidates campaign for board membership.
They win a seat. They attend their first meetings.
And pretty soon, the executive director — not the board — is running things. Again.
It…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: ‘Bakken 101’ a good initiative

August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A series of meetings in Minnesota to discuss the safety of oil trains originating in North Dakota’s Bakken oil play is symptomatic of states’ concern all along the rails that carry the volatile crude. Minnesota is one of several states, from Wash…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: ‘Bakken 101’ a good initiative

August 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

A series of meetings in Minnesota to discuss the safety of oil trains originating in North Dakota’s Bakken oil play is symptomatic of states’ concern all along the rails that carry the volatile crude. Minnesota is one of several states, from Wash…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other Views: Why is ND wildlife in trouble?

July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Several studies are underway to determine why North Dakota’s wildlife populations, specifically iconic game species, are on the decline, and have been for several years. Two factors affecting wildlife — severe winters and the loss of Conservation…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other Views: Why is ND wildlife in trouble?

July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Several studies are underway to determine why North Dakota’s wildlife populations, specifically iconic game species, are on the decline, and have been for several years. Two factors affecting wildlife — severe winters and the loss of Conservation…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other Views: North Dakota making progress on binge drinking

July 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

North Dakotans should not cheer too loudly about the decline in youth binge drinking, as reported last week by the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The rate fell from 41.5 percent in 2001 to 21.9 percent last year. That’s a significant decline,…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: Real reform on reservations starts with a free press

June 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

President Barack Obama clearly is trying to improve conditions on American Indian reservations. And some of the efforts he described Friday during his visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota probably will help.
But six years int…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other views: Stamp ‘Denied’ on oil trains’ secrecy requests

June 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Fewer people would die on American highways if the U.S. government reimposed its nationwide 55 mph speed limit. But there’s no move in Congress to do so; and if anything, the trend among states is in the other direction. (On July 1, the speed limit…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Other Views: Welcome new mobile clinics to Oil Patch cities

April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Leaders of Williston should act quickly to modify a city moratorium on mobile businesses in order to welcome Sanford Health’s “clinics on wheels.” Sanford, which has emerged as the most innovative health care provider in the Upper Midwest, is r…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com