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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...

The problem with the Supreme Court; ideology over law

Dave Owen, Opinion Editor

October 28, 2016

As the election approaches, many conservatives have had concerns about an increase in gun control as a result of the likely president, Hillary Clinton, and the constitutionality of such a “gun grab,” while many liberals continue to come out in support of this increased regulation of firearms for the...

Is taxation theft!? An exploration of the extreme libertarian position

Dave Owen, Opinion Editor

October 11, 2016

"As a result of their hope and courage my father was fortunate to have been born into the freest nation in the history of the world. But when he passed away on Oct. 16th, 2015 at the age of 87, a political prisoner of that same nation, legally blind and shackled to a hospital bed in a guarded room in int...

Go ahead, throw your vote away! A discussion on the “wasted vote”

Dave Owen, Opinion Editor

October 7, 2016

We need to understand, that even though a particular 3rd party candidate has no legitimate chance at winning the presidency, that doesn't matter in a democracy. Democracy is not about who wins or loses, it is about the spread of ideas to allow for the best possible America we can build. - Dave Owe...

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