Lloyd Omdahl

Bismarck Tribune

Lloyd Omdahl: State needs a bigger view for Legacy Fund

While other armchair quarterbacks are surveying the work of the 2021 legislative session, the three most significant acts include $700 million in bonding for infrastructure, $70 million for “career academies” to expand instruction in technical skills, and statutory authority for using the $8 billion Legacy Fund for some investing in North Dakota.
EconomyGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: Newspapers foster a sense of community

Because newspapers have been at the forefront of community building, we cannot talk about the precarious condition of the published word without considering this primary function of nurturing the sense of togetherness. As we look at the decline of the newspaper industry, we also see the fragmentation of relationships in communities.
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Lloyd Omdahl: Newspapers foster sense of community

Because newspapers have been at the forefront of community building, we cannot talk about the precarious condition of the published word without considering this primary function of nurturing the sense of togetherness. As we look at the decline of the newspaper industry, we also see the fragmentation of relationships in communities.
EducationBismarck Tribune

Lloyd Omdahl: Legislature did fund technical education centers

Contrary to what I reported last week, the Legislature did appropriate money for the technical education centers proposed by Sen. Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. They stripped the bonding bill of the proposed $60 million and passed $70 million for the centers in general appropriations. (And lost me in the process.) If...
PoliticsGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: North Dakota Legislature should reconsider career academies

Even though the budget prognosis for the next biennium is promising, the North Dakota Legislature passed up the opportunity to move the state up a few notches in innovativeness when the House Appropriations Committee stripped Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner’s proposal for career academies out of the proposed budget. The...
PoliticsBismarck Tribune

Lloyd Omdahl: Legislature should reconsider career academies

Even though the budget prognosis for the next biennium is promising, the North Dakota Legislature passed up the opportunity to move the state up a few notches in innovativeness when the House Appropriations Committee stripped Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner’s proposal for career academies out of the proposed budget. The...
Grand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: Mayor calls together committee to fight COVID

With COVID-19 running rampant, the mayor called the Homeland Security Committee to adopt a protocol to guide the citizens. Obediently, the town’s 12 electors trouped into the old ZCBJ lodge hall to apply their wisdom and ingenuity to the problem. No sooner had Chairperson Ork Dorken rapped his old Coke...
SocietyGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: Bitter realities of growing old

After one week in first grade, my daughter came home with a conclusion about life: “Life is hard and then you die.” She had homework. Fast forward that through job losses, divorces, chronic ailments and family tragedies for 60 years and we are on the cusp of old age. She was right. We have survived the hard life; now the bitter facts of old age are upon us.
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Lloyd Omdahl: The bitter realities of growing old

After one week in first grade, my daughter came home with a conclusion about life: “Life is hard and then you die.” She had homework. Fast forward that through job losses, divorces, chronic ailments and family tragedies for 60 years and we are on the cusp of old age. She was right. We have survived the hard life; now the bitter facts of old age are upon us.
PoliticsGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: Playing hardball in state politics

Coming from a small town family, the day came when I thought my city-raised son ought to experience the macho sport of shooting gophers. So one sunny day I got out my trusty J.C. Higgins shotgun and announced that we would reduce the number of predators in the land. He...
EconomyBismarck Tribune

Lloyd Omdahl: WalletHub rains on investment parade

Just when the Legislature was ready to break open the $8 billion Legacy Fund egg, an organization called WalletHub came out with a study that demeaned North Dakota’s ability to innovate, perhaps suggesting that we weren’t a very good opportunity for major venture capital investment after all. Anytime we get...
PoliticsGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: North Dakota eyes the growing Legacy Fund

After 10 years of mustering the courage to tackle spending the $8 billion Legacy Fund, the present legislature has blossomed with more ideas than dandelions in an unkempt cemetery. Legislators and committees have been dreaming about the day this Fund could be touched to grow North Dakota. It seems that...
PoliticsGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: Pondering the low wage conundrum

It seems immoral to have North Dakotans selling their lives for $7.25 an hour. It wouldn’t even be that high if the federal government didn’t set the minimum wage at $7.25. The Legislature passed up the opportunity to start rolling the minimum wage up to $15 an hour by 2027.
AdvocacyBismarck Tribune

Lloyd Omdahl: Pondering the low wage conundrum

It seems immoral to have North Dakotans selling their lives for $7.25 an hour. It wouldn’t even be that high if the federal government didn’t set the minimum wage at $7.25. The Legislature passed up the opportunity to start rolling the minimum wage up to $15 an hour by 2027.
SocietyGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: Men, time to abandon your predatory instincts

As a reformed authoritarian, I have become more aware of women and women’s rights. It’s like being “saved” a second time because you are consumed with guilt over the mistreatment of women in your past. As a rationalization, I must point out that many of us were raised in authoritarian...
PoliticsBismarck Tribune

Lloyd Omdahl: Playing hardball in state politics

Coming from a small town family, the day came when I thought my city-raised son ought to experience the macho sport of shooting gophers. So one sunny day I got out my trusty J.C.Higgins shotgun and announced that we would reduce the number of predators in the land. He responded...
Grand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: Serving self replaces common good

It should go without saying that democratic governments are created to serve the common good. But humans are fallen beings with wide streaks of self-interests. So when they get into the government, they have a tendency to subvert the common good to personal benefit. This may seem like an unnecessary...
Bismarck, NDBismarck Tribune

Lloyd Omdahl: Self-serving has replaced the common good

It should go without saying that democratic governments are created to serve the common good. But humans are fallen beings with wide streaks of self-interests. So when they get into the government, they have a tendency to subvert the common good to personal benefit. This may seem like an unnecessary...
PoliticsGrand Forks Herald

Lloyd Omdahl: It wasn't Valentine's Day at Capitol

There was little love lost at the state Capitol on Valentine’s Day as a multi-ring match made tag-team wrestling look like phys-ed amateur hour. Leading off was the long-standing grudge match between the executive and legislative branches designed by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia a few years ago. They thought it was safer to have two adversarial branches fighting for power than to have two co-conspirators cooperating against the public good.