Category Archives: Opinion

Back-to-School Transitions: Tips for Parents

By Stacy Sturm

Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confi­dence, and performance both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be diffi­cult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activ­ity, structure, and, for some, pressures as­sociated with school life.

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Some Justice in a Mostly Forgotten Place

Charlie Barber, Mandan

By Charlie Barber
Part 2 of a series. Republished by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader

It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.”
– U.S. Supreme Court Jus­tice Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not so­cialism.”
– Hubert Humphrey

“Trust everyone, but cut the cards.”
– Finley Peter Dunne

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Letter: Testing My Faith

Dear Editor,

Our newly ordained Catholic Bishop David Kagen has been on board with the Bismarck Diocese now for six months. In this short period Bishop Kagen has done irreparable damage to the diocese. He has adapted the top down Vatican, do as I say management style. This is hardly what Jesus had in mind for our church.

As a lifelong Catholic I am not jumping ship because I am encouraged by some very brave priests, religious women, and other lay Catholics.

We will not sit still and let many U.S. Catholic Bishops hijack the wonderful reforms of Vatican II initiated by the beloved Pope John the Twenty Third. We shall overcome!

John Maddock
Bismarck

Cartoon Corner: Obamacare

Recycling Rules!!

Change in Action

By PI Staff

People in Bismarck have started their own curb-side recycling since the city of Bismarck has failed to act on recommendations made by many citizens. People organize their garbage into the regular pick-up and then the recyclable garbage which is put into a separate container and placed outside on garbage day. It is hard to know what the city does with it, but they are removing it each week.”

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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

Reprinted by permission of the au­thor and the High Plains Reader
By Charlie Barber

 

Amillion people spread out over this state [North Da­kota] is not going to seem very populated.”
– Harold Hamm, Chairman and CEO of Continental Resources

“We kind of feel like we’re drinking out of a fire hose right now.”
– Ward Koeser, Mayor, Williston, ND

“The genuine man of action is not intent on renovating the world, but on possessing it.”
– Eric Hoffer

“Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some.”
– Eric Hoffer

“History is made by juveniles.”
– Frederick Gentles

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These Two Pipelines are Much Better Than the Other One

Charlie Barber, Mandan

By Charlie Barber. Reprinted by permission of the author and the High Plains Reader.

“I don’t know what we’re standing in the way of. This is a full-blown boom. Instead of sending $1 billion a day to buy oil from the Mideast, we can send it to the Midwest of our own country.”

– Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D.,
Bismarck Tribune, 4/4/12

“Some of the wise monkeys in North Dakota’s Oil Patch (“see no evil,” “hear no evil,” “speak no evil” of Japanese folklore) would like the state’s news media to censor the news coming out of oil country. Maybe “censor” is too strong a word. They want news manipulated to emphasize the positive (there is plenty of it) and downplay the negative (there is plenty of that, too.)”

– Fargo Forum, 4/13/12

“The simple truth is that the long-term viability of all UND athletics is at risk [if the ‘Fighting Sioux’ nickname is kept].”

– Rick Burgum, UND Alumni
Association, Bismarck Tribune, 5/2/12

“…where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.”

– Thomas Gray

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Letter: Don’t Vote for Discrimination

Dear Editor:

Measure 3, at first glance seems like a winner– who wouldn’t “Vote YES for Religious Freedom”?

Looking closer at Measure 3, voting yes is a bad idea. A creation of the Catholic Dioceses of North Dakota, Measure 3 would reward religious institutions and individuals who deny basic services we are entitled to under US law and reinforce discrimination based on religious beliefs.

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Letter: The Dangers of Measure 3

Dear Editor:

In a few days I will be 84 years old. I am a lifelong Catholic and I recently realized that no public issue has ever been so troublesome to me as is Measure 3 on the June 12 ballot in North Dakota. It has been introduced by a group that is led by the two North Dakota Catholic bishops.

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Mouse River Ravaged Minot

Dear Editor:

Bismarck, let’s discuss your 2011 flood tragedy as a whole AFTER driving through Minot and visiting friends living in FEMA trailers. I did that this past Sunday afternoon, a year after the sirens sounded and a summer of flooding inundated the Mouse River Valley.

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