Opinion

Prison reform: An unlikely GOP issue

National Columnists

Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last Thursday, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, property, five ...

America’s lengthening enemies list

National Columnists

Friday, deep into the 17th year of America's longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the ...

Move slowly adding more guns to schools

Editorials

Bismarck school and police authorities are considering investing in AR-15 rifles among other equipment to theoretically make schools safer by increasing the potential firepower of school resource officers. Wanting to secure schools is a universal objective and there are numerous theories ...

Creative class and renewal

Editorials

t’s a story that has repeated itself time and time again in cities large and small across the United States over the past couple of decades. A city’s urban core suffers following the mad rush to the suburbs that characterized the ‘70s and ‘80s. A dimished downtown experiences ...

Still not clear which party will lose the House

National Columnists

We're heading into the home stretch in America's unusually lengthy (six months and nine days) primary election season. Some three-quarters of Americans have had a chance to vote for Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, and state and local offices. Their choices tell us something ...

Are we to blame for the Alex Jones problem?

National Columnists

The behemoths of the internet have shunned Alex Jones, the worm-tongued, often shirtless conspiracy theorist and paranoia monger who hosts a show called "Infowars." The debate over this cartel-like decision is much larger than Jones now, and it's taking place mostly on the right. While I have ...

What will they think of next?

Editorials

Maybe it’s the beer talking but doesn’t it seem like Minoters are getting more and more creative with their business models? The beer reference, of course, relates to the business feature to be found in today’s edition, which relates to the renovation of one of Minot’s most iconic ...

Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s

National Columnists

This week a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., promising to go after their families and "feed them lead." When police raided his home, they ...

Good luck, Airman Hanley

Editorials

If Airman Caleb Hanley of Minot Air Force Base has his way, R&B singer Brandy will see his YouTube video asking her to be his date for the Air Force Ball at Minot Air Force Base next month — and, presumably, agree to come. You’ve seen the plot before. Yes, usually it’s prom and it ...

Tom, forget impeachment and do good

Community Columnists

om Steyer, a smart investor who turned straw into gold by converting a puny $8 million into $30 billion in 20 years in the stock market, is now spreading his wealth by sponsoring a $10 million campaign to impeach President Donald Trump. So far, he has gathered 5,000,000 signatures on his ...

Bullying: a perspective

Letters to the Editor

Mike Burckhard Minot There is so much being talked and written about the harmful effects of child, adolescent, and adult bullying. There are also many good proposals being suggested and programs on character development being implemented across the country to reduce bullying and help ...

Tax, talk and tragedy

Editorials

As expected... Going into City of Minot budget season, we anticipated how the discussion would go, so events of the past week-plus were hardly shocking around the office. Officially, Minot Daily News had been opining for months that residents should prepare themselves for a tough budget ...

One Issue voters

Letters to the Editor

Norton Lovold Bismarck I continue to be surprised by the arguments of voters who use abortion as their one issue to debate why they go with one party of the other. Abortion has always been an option for women, from the beginning of time, either safe or unsafe. If a woman has the means, ...

A big thank you

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot Today is August 6th 2018 when I write this letter. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people: Mike Christiansen from Pizza Ranch, Mike and Sheila Hayes from Four Seasons Construction, Mowbray’s, Ray Bruce, Jermy Simmons, Roberta Dodson, ...

Your suggestions are welcome

Letters to the Editor

Lianne Zeltinger Minot Well, it is budget time once again. I attended a budget meeting presented by City Manager Tom Barry last week. I learned many things, but will share only a couple. Did you know that in 2005 our mill levy was 126.52. And, each subsequent year reductions were approved ...

Booming economy hard to ignore

Letters to the Editor

Rep. Jeff Magrum Hazelton The unemployment rate hit a near 50-year low in May. In June, 213,000 jobs were added to the economy. And just the other week, GDP growth reached 4.1 percent, a level not seen in over four years. The surge in economic advancement is not a random occurrence but is ...

Who is going to bail me out?

Letters to the Editor

Keith Monilaws Absaraka North Dakota farmers and a lot of the general public were very mad and upset about the Affordable Health Care Act that was using tax dollars to help people that could not afford insurance premiums. They sent people to Washington to voice their concerns and voted over ...

Move museum to Burlington

Letters to the Editor

M L Berg Minot Now that it seems that the handwriting is on the wall for the Ward County Historical Society in its tussle with the State Fair Board, it might be time to consider whether or not it is feasible for the Historical Society to move out to Burlington. When I belonged to the ...

Fair is fair

Letters to the Editor

Chris Baker Minot This is a no-brainer! The property value for city purchase or eminent domain is the appraised value you have agreed to when you paid your tax bill. We should pay no more than 10% over that value. In fact it should be routine that, upon change in ownership (or responsible ...