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Pay-to-win games result in loss

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

As a society, it appears we are increasingly moving our games of skill from the physical space to the digital. This has, in general, been a positive for the players of these games. Indeed, if one now wants to play a round of chess at 10 p.m., you can immediately do so with a player of comparable skill...

Syrian civil war history

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
April 11, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

As many of you have heard, President Trump has decided it is now appropriate to launch missiles at Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian forces, yet another intervention by the United States in what is best categorized as a brutal civil war, and as a result we need to talk about Syria. The forces of al-Assad repre...

Good news for N.D. finances

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
April 5, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

As many of you might have heard, we have appeared to finally have some good news in regards to the budget crisis that has been facing North Dakota. Oil commodity prices have finally stabilized above $50 per barrel for a period of at least one quarter. Furthermore, with President Trump’s approval of...

Chess Club

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

Every now and then, I find a club which deserves to do better. One that is a legitimate joy on our campus, yet so few know about. In this story, I will be talking about one such club, the UND Chess Club. What first amazed me about the chess club was its commitment to community outreach. Despite only ha...

Constitutional Carry in N.D.

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

Gun rights activists rejoiced as the North Dakota Legislature became the 9th state to pass what has been dubbed “constitutional carry” in the latest push for what they claim allows for the full expression of our constitutional rights specifically in regards to our Second Amendment. While it’s important...

Amazing Grains co-op

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
March 10, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

Imagine a world where the customers were the owners. A world where the profits were distributed to those who shopped there. A world where you had a direct vote on the development of the businesses you patronized, and received a share of the profits at the end of each fiscal year, without the need to...

After the garbage settles

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
March 3, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

The protesters have finally abandoned the “Sacred Stone Camp,” and the state has been moving down on the camp to clean up the tattered remains of thousands of protesters over the past six months. It’s time to have a post-mortem discussion of what has and will happen, both with the pipeline and the...

Can I give you a Lyft?

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
February 28, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

As of this weekend, we could finally have a solution to the issue of downtown transportation in Grand Forks. Lyft, a ride-sharing company, has officially begun operations in the city starting Feb. 23. I believe this is a net positive for the city, and I feel it is important to discuss both the history of...

Presidents golfing rather than governing

Dave owen, Staff Writer
February 24, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

President Donald Trump and his apparent propensity for golfing rather than spending time on the job has been in the news lately. Sadly, such activities for a president are not unprecedented or unexpected, but rather seem to show Trump adapting the Washington status quo rather than being accountable and...

House bill proposes welfare drug tests

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
February 18, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

North Dakota legislators in the house have continued this cycle to be at odds with the North Dakota state senate, oftentimes passing laws which narrowly failed in the Senate by spectacular margins in the house. This week, yet another such law passed 77-12. This law was long heralded by the political ...

Executive orders are the road to tyranny

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
February 14, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

As I browse social media and the news, I have been seeing many people talk with great confusion about what constitutes an executive order, the constitutionality of such orders and what powers if any the court has to strike down such an order. In fact, the issue is so  confusing that both sides have pre...

State of Education

Dave Owen, Staff Writer
February 10, 2017
Filed under Dave Owen, Opinion

With recent confirmation of Betsy DeVos leading President Trump’s Department of Education, it appears liberals, conservatives and libertarians need to have a discussion on the school choice issue. They need a discussion that isn’t steeped in rhetoric or wild accusations, but rather one looking at...

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