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Executive orders are the road to tyranny

Dave Owen, Staff Writer

February 14, 2017

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

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...

Being at the mercy of legislators

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

February 3, 2017

So in yet another issue of ridiculous laws, the legislature had the ability to overturn a law which by all accounts is a violation of the separation of church and state as established by the First Amendment, the so called “Blue Laws.” For those unaware, a blue law is a law regulating the ability...

Trump’s promises being put to the test

Dave Owen, Staff Writer

January 31, 2017

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for local politics in the state of North Dakota. We have had no less than three comically bizarre laws covered by The Dakota Student, and I could have easily covered a fourth one this issue. But with the recent announcements of Donald Trump’s infamous bord...

Self-defense laws are vague

Dave Owen, Opinion Writer

January 27, 2017

Our legislature has continued to take the ridiculous approach of using a fire axe to open an unlocked door as opposed to merely using a more nuanced and slight adjustment to correct a perceived flaw in the current law. Before we discuss what the new law will do, we need to first attempt to understand...

The recovery that never was

Dave Owen, Staff Writer

January 24, 2017

As residents of Grand Forks, we now have the dubious honor of remembering the 20th anniversary of the great flood of 1997, wherein the Red River crested above 50 feet and destroyed a large portion of the city/downtown area. Shortly after the flood and the devastation it wrought, the people of Grand Fork...

Legislators debate weird bills

Dave Owen, Staff Writer

January 20, 2017

In the past three weeks, we have had a series of seemingly bizarre legisla-tive debate in the state of North Dakota, including but not limited to; forcing your computer to be labeled as an adult video device, a tax in-crease from a governor who promised no new taxes, and last but not least, the ability...

Enact Measure 5 into law

Dave Owen, Staff Writer

January 13, 2017

With the Legislative session starting, and the Republican Party’s super majority firmly established for at least the next two years it is time for our lawmakers to accept the people’s will and take action in implementing the successful ballot measures which passed in the November election. As...

The Electoral College; a relic or a necessity?

Dave Owen, Opinion Editor

November 22, 2016

As a result of this current election, there has been a great debate in this country whether or not it is acceptable for our nation to elect an individual to the position of president without them winning the popular vote, and what if any legitimate purpose could the electoral college hold in the modern...

Dueling opinions – are congressional term limits a good idea or not?

Dave Owen, Opinion Editor

November 22, 2016

Democratic suppression It’s time to have that conversation again folks, in regards to term limits and whether or not they are a good idea. As you can tell from the title of the article, I  am 100 percent against the concept of term limits and hope you will be too by the end of this conversation. Term limits...

Measuring outreach in the modern era

Dave Owen, Opinion Editor

November 18, 2016

As a result of conversations with the new administration, one new issue needs to be addressed: how do we effectively comunicate with students in the digital era? First and foremost, we need to acknowledge that the university, deserved or not, has inheirited low levels of trust between the administration...

Measure 2: yes or no

Dave Owen, Opinion Editor

November 4, 2016

Dave Owen, vote no on Measure 2 With everyone’s eyes diverted towards national issues, quite a — few local measures have snuck on the ballot that need to be understood. Furthermore, in general due to a lack of media coverage the average voter has little to no understanding of what these measur...

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