What Will Happen If My Kids Protest?

Unofficial word from Fargo South High School is that any student who, when participating in the National School Walkout on March 14, holds up signs expressing opinions about gun violence in schools, chants slogans or does anything else that draws attention, will be suspended. Further, they will not be allowed to walk out at 10 … Continue reading What Will Happen If My Kids Protest?

FM Community Project Highlights “Extraordinary Ordinary” People

I’m proud to announce “About Faces,” a new community project featuring images and stories of people who illustrate – we hope – the extraordinary in our ordinary, work-a-day lives. “About Faces” is a collection of portraits – in images and words – about people who make Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding communities what they have been, … Continue reading FM Community Project Highlights “Extraordinary Ordinary” People

Mass Shootings Op-Ed/Blog Post Feedback

Here are the emails I've received, with senders' names removed, in response to my blog post, "Let's Add One Word to the NRA Talking Point," which also ran as an op-ed on inforum.com on February 20 and in The Forum printed edition on February 21. I'll be adding to this if/when more emails come in. … Continue reading Mass Shootings Op-Ed/Blog Post Feedback

I Call BS, Too, and I Can No Longer in Good Conscience…

Please join me in saying NRA? No Way! and using #NRANoWay on social media. My Facebook friend, Steven G. Johnk, a.k.a Spider, created this graphic. It’s right in line with what many of the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting are saying. Here are the comments of three Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students … Continue reading I Call BS, Too, and I Can No Longer in Good Conscience…

Let’s Add One Word to the Talking Point

The National Rifle Association’s key talking point rolled out as predictably as the sad reality that another mass shooting will happen soon in a U.S. school. “This is not the time to discuss gun control.” Let’s add just one word to the key talking point: This is not the ONLY time to discuss gun control. … Continue reading Let’s Add One Word to the Talking Point

With Team Parents, It’s Hit or Miss

This one's for you, Brah... In the fall of 2016 my daughter played volleyball for Fargo South. As often happens among road warriors who follow their kids all over state to watch them play, I became friends with another parent. Dave’s a great guy, always friendly and quick to smile. We sat next to each … Continue reading With Team Parents, It’s Hit or Miss

Let’s not allow a refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park

I grew up in Medora, N.D. It was the 1970s, about the time a previous oil boom was running full-tilt in the western part of the state. / The air was still fresh and clean, whitetails walked down an empty Main Street in the early evenings this time of year, and the 100 or so souls who called the place home year-round enjoyed the post-tourist peace and quiet....

All Fireworked Up

This will likely become a debate about personal freedom. On July 17, the Fargo City Commission voted 4-1 to study changing Fargo’s ordinance against detonating fireworks within city limits. “People are doing it, anyway,” goes one argument for allowing fireworks within city boundaries. “People in West Fargo can do it,” runs another. “I should be … Continue reading All Fireworked Up