Opinion

Let’s set aside hunting as a solution to urban nuisance animals

Editorials

Deer, geese, maybe turkey... there are certainly parts of Minot overwhelmed by, or borderline overwhelmed by, nuisance animals. One has to look no further than local parks to find sites set aside for human recreation that are instead dominated by nuisance animals that are occasionally ...

Detoured by government

National Columnists

Michelle Freenor’s business almost failed before it began. That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. “Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah’s Historic District,” said one five-star Yelp review. ...

Burgum a welcome visitor to Minot

Editorials

Recent word that North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is going to visit some towns in the state to discuss his Main Street Initiative and how it could play a vital role in the development and redevelopment of some communities is a wonderful sign that Burgum hasn’t been taken off his agenda by the ...

With parenting, maybe less is more

Community Columnists

Two things happened in the last week which got me thinking about parenting. First I saw “It,” a film adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel about a killer clown taken down by a group of plucky kids. The book version of the story was set in the late 1950’s. The film moved that ...

Regional FOP on city staff pay change in budget

Community Columnists

This letter is written to you on behalf of the local law enforcement members and associate members of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Souris Valley Regional Lodge #7, employed by the Minot Police Department. The FOP is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the world, ...

States correct to address opioid issue with insurers

Editorials

Top government attorneys reaching out to insurers to help alleviate the nation’s opioid epidemic have a good strategy in place. This week, attorneys general from the majority of U.S. states lobbied for insurers to encourage alternate treatments for pain as opposed to the opioid painkillers ...

Ignorant nation

National Columnists

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once ...

The welfare state’s legacy

National Columnists

That the problems of today’s black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of ...

Homecoming an energizer for the whole community

Editorials

Across the general calendar of events in Minot and the region are a number of events that just energize the entire community, or at least a good portion of it. We’ve experienced it already with the North Dakota State Fair, will again soon for Norsk Høstfest, and each of us could probably ...

House Republicans’ frustrations may doom their majority

National Columnists

The Founding Fathers didn’t expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn’t. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House ...

Minot P.D., retailers pitch a rare perfect game

Editorials

Congratulations to the Minot Police Department and local purveyors of tobacco products for a perfect score on a Sept. 16 tobacco compliance check. In fact, and to be fair, this was a second consecutive perfect score. From the Minot P.D.: “We are excited to announce that all 34 licensed ...

Governmentspeak insults taxpayer intelligence

Editorials

It’s been said that making laws is like making sausage – not something one wants to see while in the process. Yet, observing the City of Minot prepare its 2018 budget has been anything but vile. On the contrast, as Minot Daily News has opined previously, the city is doing an excellent ...

There’s more to governing than government

National Columnists

There is a mistaken notion deeply embedded in our national political dialogue that society is naturally divided into public and private sectors. The public sector is thought of as the vehicle for governing society and looking out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely ...

Timing is everything

Editorials

One of the things about producing a newspaper that often is invisible to people is the timing it takes to get a paper out and into the hands of the public in a timely, consistent fashion. Sure, most people understand the concept of editorial deadlines. Shoot, we all had those as students ...

Minot PD proactive on good public relations

Editorials

When was the last time you were invited out to coffee by a policeman? A year ago at the latest. Remember? If you didn’t attend last year’s Coffee with a Cop, officers are giving you a another chance. It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Minot’s Classic Rock ...

GOP ‘outsiders’ really the ultimate insiders

Community Columnists

To steal a line from the always-classy football player Adrian Peterson, North Dakota establishment Republicans had their best-laid succession plans run up their donkey last year when self-branded “outsider” Doug Burgum trounced the party insiders’ hand-picked candidate Wayne Stenehjem in ...