Last Word

​Tax incentives have outlasted their usefulness

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 13th, 2017

Downtown Fargo, Roberts Street - photograph by Sabrina HornungBy Tony Gehrig

tonygehrig@gmail.com

I do not blame any company for seeking incentives. Rather, I blame the government for giving them away. Incentives represent an unfair and unsustainable tax system that affects real people.

Some proponents, mainly those receiving the incentives, are attempting to rebrand incentives as a good thing for everyone. Many even advocate for expanding them even further and for longer durations.

In Mike Allmendinger’s recent letter published in The Forum, and…

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Real disasters vs. fake assurances

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 13th, 2017

“…no clean power is without its drawbacks, and every kind of energy source has its pluses and minuses.”
– Henry Petroski, author of "To Engineer is Human"

“For highways (Robert) Moses, America’s greatest builder, dispossessed 250,000 persons—more people than lived in Albany, Chattanooga, Spokane, Tacoma, Duluth, Akron, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Nashville or Sacramento. For his other projects, he dispossessed tens of thousands more; More significant: a disproportionate share of them…

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Privatizing air traffic control would cut off our communities

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 6th, 2017

By Matthew S. Lynch
matthew@aviationacrossamerica.com

Agriculture is critical to the economy of North Dakota. Today, about 90% of the state’s land is used for agriculture, with 40 million acres devoted to farming and ranching. Nearly a quarter of the state’s population is employed in the agricultural sector.

To help produce the food that fuels the nation, many farmers depend on aircraft to provide aerial application services, survey land, transport tools, and get to multiple plants and…

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​Family lawyers misleading public about shared parenting

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 6th, 2017

By Robert Franklin, Esq.
hpr@hpr1.com

The latest information on North Dakota family courts comes from the organization Leading Women for Shared Parenting (LW4SP).

It teaches two important lessons. First, whether children maintain meaningful relationships with both parents, post-divorce is mostly a question of which judge decides the case.

Second, North Dakotans need to take with a huge grain of salt what family lawyers and the State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND) say about…

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A thank you note for Vladimir Putin

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 29th, 2017

“…there is a hunger all over America for a discussion about economic truths, for a counterattack on the ferocious assaults that are taking place against working families, and for a practical plan on how we can reverse the obscene politics that favor the rich over the middle class and the disadvantaged in our nation.” - Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), The Speech, 12/31/10

“I never forgot that it was Hillary (Clinton) in 2003 who told some of the party leaders to pay attention to a…

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An open letter to the white working class

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 24th, 2017


By Gary Olson olsong@moravian.edu

I’m writing this letter as the proud son of the working class. My father, who never attended college and was our family’s breadwinner, worked as a Greyhound Bus ticket seller, part-time mail carrier and grocery store stock boy. When he died of a sudden heart attack at age 47, he was working the night shift as a hospital orderly. I was 12 years old and my younger brother was seven.

Because my dad was a World War II vet, we had a very modest house,…

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A gold star and a sad face for everyone

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 25th, 2017

By Anthony Paul 

[Editor’s note: This piece contains language that some readers may find offensive]

It has been all over social media and the news lately, how our president and commander-in-chief called and spoke with one of these gold star families, the family of a fallen soldier.

This has been common practice with most presidents in recent years. However, President Trump has fallen under scrutiny for words he was overheard saying, “He knew what he signed up for.” Half the country…

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​Real ID

by Ben Lien | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 25th, 2017

I have received several questions from constituents over the last couple of months regarding Minnesota’s compliance with the federal REAL ID law.

The REAL ID law was passed by Congress in 2005 as a measure of homeland security. The concept is for states to adopt one set of minimum standards for identification cards that can be used by all federal agencies.

In practice, this requires people to have REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or identification cards to enter certain federal…

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​Trump’s Fake Populism Exposes Republican Party’s Fake Conservatism

by Charlie Barber | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 18th, 2017

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution” –Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, 1789

“(Auschwitz) is where people were turned into numbers…(It) was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by…

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Aunt Deloris

by Jim Fuglie | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 11th, 2017

Deloris Boehmer is my last living aunt. She’s the only remaining member of my parents’ generation in our family. She’s 88, and lives in Edmore, North Dakota, about 40 miles northeast of Devils Lake.

She’s got a pretty nice house in Edmore—used to be the Lutheran parsonage. She and my uncle Leonard—my mother’s brother—bought it about 40 years ago and moved off the farm into town.

But they didn’t quit farming. The farm’s just a few miles out of town and they kept the…

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By Tony Gehrigtonygehrig@gmail.com I do not blame any company for seeking incentives. Rather, I blame the government for giving them away. Incentives represent an unfair and unsustainable tax system that affects real people.Some…