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Clay Jenkinson on the DAPL Protest

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Clay Jenkinson has a deep love for North Dakota, his home state. An award winning writer and a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, he may be best known for portraying Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Hour.  That’s why his thoughts on the recent protests gave me some pause. It’s not a a clear-cut situation, with mountains of historical context that ...

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Free-Falling with Style

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Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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Editorials from around New York

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Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: June 7 – The Times Herald Record of Middletown on the New York Senate ignoring climate legislation There’s an impressive list of legislation piling up as the term ends in Albany. The problem is, the list is full of bills that are not going anywhere even if they are supported ...

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West Virginia editorial roundup

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: June 7 – The Charleston Daily Main on growing crops: What can people in West Virginia do to make the state more economically productive and diverse, particularly to overcome the loss of many of its traditional big money industries? How about agriculture? A crazy idea considering the rugged terrain of much ...

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at night, as seen from the Monogahela River. (Image: Joey Gannon via Flickr)

IT’S UP TO TRUMP TO UNITE REPUBLICANS, May 5 With both Ted Cruz and John Kasich ending their campaigns for the presidency, it now appears certain that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party’s nominee. What seemed far-fetched when the “braggadocious” real estate tycoon announced his candidacy last year has become a reality that threatens to tear apart the GOP. ...

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

View from the West End Overlook in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Image: Matthew Paulson via Flickr)

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: WHY DOES PA. MAKE IT SO HARD TO VOTE?, May 1 Congratulations. At least to half of you. Early indications are that a little less than 50 percent of Delaware County’s eligible registered voters made their way to the polls Tuesday and exercised their basic constitutional right. That’s what we’ve come to these days, getting excited ...

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Why fracking matters to the New York Primary

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Although it won’t be on the ballot, the New York primary could become a referendum on fracking. With passions running high both for and against the technology used to produce oil and natural gas, the candidates’ positions on fracking could affect the New York primary’s outcome. Both Democrat candidates oppose fracking. In the seventh debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders stated he ...

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West Virginia Editorial Roundup

Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park, Landisburg, West Virginia. (Image: Frank Kehren via Flickr - CC2.0)

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: The Exponent Telegram on the energy industry: March 30 For years, we’ve heard that the United States needs to become energy independent. And now, with the strength of the Marcellus and Utica natural gas formations, the country is closer than ever to reaching that goal. Historians and policymakers have said for decades that the ...

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Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) President Barry Russell released the following statement on the next stage of the Obama Administration’s proposed five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2017-2022: “Offshore energy production has and will continue to be integral to America’s energy future – for good-paying jobs, national energy security, and billions of dollars in ...

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