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Tony Bender

Tony Bender

Columnist

Tony Bender writes an exclusive weekly column from North Dakota for Forum News Service.

"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."
"Now, I'm not saying CRT is a bad thing. I'm not even saying it's a thing, but I do know that when a self-appointed 'historian' like Jim Kasper sounds the alarm, we ought to be alarmed. About something. Anything. His North Korean-ness, Kasper, however, apparently draws his inspiration more from mid-1930's Germany."
Before Wrigley's hyperbolic press conference, the incident lay beyond my periphery — just an unfortunate case, I surmised, in which an officer had to make a tragic split-second decision while dealing with an erratic, possibly dangerous, individual.
"Cara Mund's candidacy matters. If you've paid attention, you understand that Independent swing votes command power and force compromise. That's healthy for democracy."
The Fargo school board added the Pledge of Allegiance, and then rescinded it, and a predictable furor ensued. The board then compounded their “unforced error” by surrendering to intimidation and reinstating the pledge, with a 7-1 vote. A hard lesson hopefully learned.
The Fargo School Board, by a 7-2 vote, decided to stop pledging allegiance to the flag before meetings. The bloody goat sacrifices will continue.
"A Texas jury ordered Alex Jones to pay $49.3 million for pain, suffering, and punitive damages for relentlessly smearing grieving Sandy Hook families as hoaxers. ... What kind of soulless cretin instigates that kind of trauma on already traumatized people?"
"It's obvious that whatever was deleted was deemed more harmful than any heat the deletions might bring. In Wayne Stenehjem's case, Liz Brocker read the tea leaves correctly. Stenehjem's replacement, Drew Wrigley, has chosen to simply look the other way."
"The truth will set you free, but if it's oppressive, it's not the truth, and it's certainly not liberating. If anything must be held sacrosanct, it's the separation of church and state."
"Forum Communications columnists are urged to refrain from arguing with each other. ... You understand. We need to keep our opinions about the opinion page off the opinion page."