Category: Opinion

State of the newspaper

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American Hello friends. As strange as it is to say, I have been the editor of this newspaper for three whole years (side note: it’s wonderful to start a...

Are we Vikings or Scandinavians?

Dr. Elisabeth I. Ward PLU Scandinavian Cultural Center What do we mean when we talk about things like the “Viking spirit” and “Scandinavian identity”? What does it mean to be “Norwegian American”? These are...

Is it time to do away with the Electoral College?

Thoughts from a former elector Scott Larsen New Westminster, B.C. Many readers of The Norwegian American are thinking about ribbe, as well as the much maligned lutefisk, and fattigmann (cookies made with cream and...

Don’t drill, baby, don’t drill

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway When Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was interviewed by Dagens Næringsliv (the Norwegian business newspaper) at this year’s Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) international oil and gas industries fair in...

Of papers and politics

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American In this ridiculous election year, in which all bets seem to be off and norms of civilized discourse optional, the role of the press has really come into...

A Norwegian take on the gun laws debate

Petter Wilhelmsen Dobbs Ferry, NY The United States is in the middle of an election, and the political distance between the two parties has never been bigger. In the midst of budget deficits, congressional...

What is a troll?

David Moe Sun City, Calif. What is a troll? The motto of a troll is: “To myself alone be enough.” I also refer to the distorted Boy Scout motto: “On my honor I do...

What is restorative justice?

Linn Chloe Hagstrøm The Norwegian American Norway is not only known for its beautiful fjords and mountains, it is also known for its progressive criminal justice system with somewhat luxurious facilities and accommodations, low...

Ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær?

Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American I knew right away when I stepped off the plane that I’d made a mistake. Skirts and tank tops had no place in my luggage for this trip...