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InForum columnist Jim Shaw argues it's high time for North Dakota to legalize marijuana. "I have never smoked marijuana, and don’t encourage it," Shaw writes. "However, the time has come for North Dakota, like 19 other states and Washington, D.C. to legalize it, regulate it and bring in millions of dollars in taxes."
This strategy playing nice with lunatics will eventually blow up and start costing Republicans elections.
“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” Say thank you to those mentors who shaped who you are today.
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This is a situation that deserves better than the hot takes we're getting from Twitter demagogues and cable news creeps.
"I'm not smoking any pot," Dooley said on this episode of Plain Talk, which featured a debate between the two candidates. "He's actually accomplished what he says he's accomplished," adding that he's even gotten permission from Goehring to hunt on his land.
"Why wouldn't Republicans buried in student loan debt appreciate a break, too? Principle, you say? The same principle under which Trump's biggest ever, believe me, tax break delivered $25 billion to the Top 1% in 2018 alone, another $12 billion to the Top 10%, leaving $6 billion to be divvied among us peons? I bought socks."
Believe it or not, it's possible to acknowledge that migrants crossing our borders illegally are engaged in a proud American tradition — how many of our ancestors were immigrants seeking safety and prosperity for their families? — while simultaneously believing that immigration ought to be regulated and orderly.
From a philosophical perspective, these troglodytes are working at undermining the public's faith in our electoral processes which are, in turn, the very foundation of our system of self-governance. As a more practical matter, they're distracting state and local election officials from the important work of preparing for the upcoming balloting. But there's also the risk this poses to the integrity of our state's open records laws.
"Years and years ago, when there were craft shows at the Big Sky Mall – now the T-Rex Plaza – my mom declared she wanted a Charles Dickens Christmas village. So off to the fall craft show we went," writes Jackie Hope.

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The former president is choosing to align himself with a conspiracy theory movement that believes, in its best moments, the Democratic Party is run by a secret cabal of pedophiles and, in its worst moments, that zombie JFK is going to come back and lead our country again while a Filipino health care worker is going to take over Canada with an assist from our military. This is who you'd vote for to be president again, Rep. Armstrong? This man's endorsement is important to you, Sen. Hoeven? This is the person who commands your loyalty, Sen. Cramer?
Like many farms of the late 1800s and early 1900s vintage, ours has several wooden outbuildings, each of them named to reflect their original function.
In this week's column, Jim Shaw shares some recent positive and negative feedback he's received from readers.

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