Tax & Spend or Borrow & Spend? Or Reject the Premise?

Commentary: Tax & Spend or Borrow & Spend? Or Reject the Premise?

I am very possibly of the minority when it comes to public opinion, but nonetheless in the mainstream with the opinions of the majority of credible economists. If there are tax reductions by Congress, it will in all probability stimulate the economy at least over the short term. A tax decrease would also be popular because taxes in and of themselves are inherently unpopular. That said, tax decreases...

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News: A look inside the small US towns that will be crushed by the trucking revolution

Disruption is coming. Automated cars have been a regular topic here on The Minot Voice, and that will continue. The reason, the technology is going to reshape the base fabric of this country. One of the likely less considered implications, how the transition to self-driving technology will change the small towns and roadside truck stops that service the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Quartz peaks inside the issue to see...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Drug company billionaire arrested on charges of opioid conspiracy

When it comes to moving product, it seems some in the pharmaceutical industry are far more concerned with the bottom line than medical ethics and basic human scruples. And when those values combine to bolster sales of a highly addictive opioid-based painkiller, the results are both tragic and criminal.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Enlisting Educators in the War Against Prescription Drug Abuse

The opioid epidemic is not unique to Minot; it’s a nationwide problem. And the solutions aren’t simple either. But in the opinion of Tammy Wincup of Everfi, one tool we should be using is an education curriculum that empowers and educates students about the dangers of prescription drugs. It’s worth a read, Everfi may even be a resource that we should be pursuing in Minot.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on

Weeks after Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico, much of the island is still without power. And the challenges that come with getting the grid up and running are daunting. The logistics and technical ability required by the work are significant which is why a few eyebrows were raised when a $300 million contract to do the work was recently awarded to a small Montana firm.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Equifax Deserves the Corporate Death Penalty

If your personal information was compromised by the data breach at Equifax, hopefully you’ve been notified and are taking steps to protect yourself. And if you were impacted, there’s no doubt the situation has been more than a little inconvenient. And all of it speaks to what standard of corporate responsibility Equifax should be held to. For Ron Fein writing at Wired, the breach is egregious and should...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Costco has officially raised the alarm on US tariffs

With recent discussions about NAFTA making headlines, it’s always worth noting when and where possible how businesses react to political posturing. The first law of politics and policy should be, “beware the unintended consequences”. And in the case of the tough talk over North American trade policy, it’s fair to say the private sector is taking notice. Hopefully, the rhetoric doesn’t serve as a cooler for economic growth and...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion

The number of changes taking place in our culture and society are expansive and extraordinary. They’re not all good; they’re not all bad, either. But denying they’re happening would be a mistake. One change that’s certain to reshape our communities and our culture — the shift away from a citizenship who identify their religion as a primary personal influence. This article from Scientific American points to trends that are...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska’s Microgrids For A Better Way

If there’s anything we’ve learned from this year’s hurricane’s, it’s a lesson on the vulnerability of our power grid. How do we make ourselves more resilient? Perhaps a look north will provide the answer as Alaska’s isolated communities develop blueprints for sustainable, locally generated power infrastructure. It’s a relevant topic for North Dakota because as our energy customers become more locally resilient, they’ll have less need for the...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: How many more?

People often question my judgment for vacationing in Mexico during our cold North Dakota winters. They question how safe it is to be in Mexico because of the murders down there by the various competing drug cartels. The persons in the Mexican drug culture, from my perspective, seem to be killing each other and for the most part don’t seem to be very interested in killing old gringos...

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News: An arcane American law protected by powerful interests is causing insane traffic jams

What does a hundred-year-old law that forces goods transported between American ports to use American-made ships have to do with traffic and L.A. and possibly our economy in North Dakota? Erik Olson asks the question (about the Traffic in L.A. part) and provides the analysis of the trickle down regulatory effect and the unintended consequences. This law is so ingrained in our culture we may have forgotten we can...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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