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COVID-19 not over yet

Remember just a few months ago when some disease analysts who had been predicting COVID-19 would kill 200,000 Americans were being ridiculed by some people? For a time, it appeared the pandemic would claim fewer than 100,000 lives in our country. But on Sunday, the tally had topped 194,000. ...

If you plan to vote by mail this year, allow plenty of time

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...

Federal Reserve should hold to current course

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

Schools open — be aware and drive carefully

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year's return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

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Supporting cattle ranchers in North Dakota

Ryan Taylor, TownerAs a fourth generation cattle rancher and a longtime member of North Dakota Farmers Union, I'm proud to see NDFU standing up for the cattle producers of the state in these extremely stressful times for the beef business.Cattle producers have always wanted to make their living ...

7-4-20 Letters to the Tribune

America, still land of the free?It is not merely the first pandemic outbreak in 100 years that has made the last few months unsettling; actually, the events that unfolded after the COVID shutdown are even more threatening. Certain states' allowance of historic monument destruction, public ...

6-27 Letters to the Tribune

We can do betterAs I watched the Empire Builder # 7 roll into Rugby this morning, I realized how fortunate Rugby and North Dakota is to have a passenger rail system in our state and in our nation. Amtrak is not perfect but it is the best passenger rail system we have in this nation, so lets ...

6-13-20 Letters to the Tribune

Organized.Prepared.Determined.Fierce.These are just a few of the words I would use to describe the phenomenal young women who had the gumption to organize a Black Lives Matter solidarity march right here in the Geographical Center of North America.Rugby will forever and always be my hometown. ...

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Measure No. 2 will make initiatives expensive

Measure No. 2 on the November ballot has been proposed by the Legislature to make the proposal and adoption of amendments to the state constitution so expensive that ordinary citizens will be ruled out of the process. At the present time, the constitution provides for citizen-inspired ...

Community and socialism are the same

For some strange reason, the Chicken Littles of the world have become terrified by the idea that socialism is just over the hill for the United States. The most frightened even throw in communism as though it was synonymous with socialism. Under communism, there is no such thing as private ...

ND needs annual legislative sessions

Good ideas may go into hibernation but they never die. Veteran Public Policy Observer Mike Jacobs recently brought back the idea of changing the North Dakota Legislature from its present biennial schedule to annual meetings. In a supporting editorial, the Grand Forks Herald noted that the ...

Tomato troubles

You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. Don't worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season.Blossom end rot is a common problem on the first set of fruit. The bottom of the tomato turns black. This is not ...