Opinion

County should toss rural right-of-way policy

Editorials

Private property rights are the bedrock of our Republic and one of the key principles on which our system is based. Property rights are a component of natural law, the basis of democracy and one of the motivations for the founding of the United States. Property is so essential to a free state ...

Norskes! Celebrate! The ‘Old Country’ is happy

Community Columnists

Rise up and celebrate, Norskes. The ‘Old Country’ may not have discovered the fountain of youth but it just won first prize as the happiest nation in the world. So plan an extra day at the North American Mecca for Scandinavians, the Hostfest in Minot September 27-30. Heck! This is a big ...

Come celebrate our veterans

Letters to the Editor

Max Zurcher Minot I can remember when children were seldom unhappy. Many of you older folks have those same memories. Our initiative was rarely destroyed on what we could do all because of our mother’s love for us. That would be hard to put in perspective in today’s world. Everything ...

Learning is a two-way street

Editorials

Over the past year-and-a-half and certainly in the year or so I have been writing this column, hopefully readers have been able to learn some things about me along the way in learning about media, newspaper and Minot Daily News in general. Well, I’ve learned a few things about you as well. ...

Tilting at windmills

Letters to the Editor

Lyle Best Watford City Centuries ago Don Quixote embarked on a misguided mission to save the world, today our coal-fired-up North Dakota legislators and their friends are working hard to save us from the ravages of wind power. Many of the same folks that rant about “land owners’ ...

Missed but not forgotten

Letters to the Editor

Willie Ressler Minot On behalf of Special Olympics North Dakota, I would like to thank the following group for their donated time; Hess Corporation and Larry & Edwina Wahlund for their time and energy because I missed them in my earlier letter. Again thanks to everyone that enabled ...

Shame on us for turning our backs on immigrants

Letters to the Editor

Ruth Urdahl Jamestown I’m concerned about the treatment and forced deportation of illegal immigrants, reminiscent of the blaming, then slaughter of the 6 million Jews in concentration camps as Hitler’s solution to the country’s economic problems. Many Germans were oblivious about the ...

Share the road; share the responsibility

Letters to the Editor

Lloyd Kvam Minot I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time. An article written by Kim Fundingsland on 2-23-17 finally brought me to act. More than 4,000 licensed drivers in Ward County alone currently have their driver’s licenses suspended or revoked. Mr. Fundingsland also ...

Sen. Heitkamp, the time has come

Letters to the Editor

Mike Wald Dickinson There’s a vote coming up in the U.S. Senate. It is a vote that isn’t a headline catcher, but it could seriously harm North Dakota’s energy industry. Senator Heitkamp will cast the critical vote. Will she stand behind the 73,000 workers in North Dakota’s oil and ...

Thoughts on bridges

Letters to the Editor

M.L. Berg Minot There has been some discussion lately about access to both the Victory bridge and the Ann Street bridge after flood protection walls have been put into place. The Ann Street had a set of side-steps off its west side for many years which allowed railroaders who worked in the ...

Stop spending in the wrong places

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot PreBakken vs. Post Bakken budgets show us where our legacy went and why we face big deficits in more areas than money. Huge investments were made in pavement, higher education, fighting criminal activity, and health insurance and pensions for state employees while 180,000 ...

Looking beyond the non-doers

Letters to the Editor

Ryan Demorrett Marmath For decades, the American doer has been doing less than he or she can do because of non-doers, those people who do little but take, block, and protest the resources and work that doers need to do. However, we do see a new tide coming, a tide which will undo the ...

Don’t spray the bees

Letters to the Editor

Colin Hendrickson Minot As we look forward to spring this year, it’s important to understand how we can be so fortunate to have beautiful wildflowers and successful agriculture in our state. The answer is bees. Bees are essential for pollinating a wide variety of crops, from beets to ...

Hug a farmer before they go extinct

Editorials

There was a bumper sticker in the late 1970s or early ’80s that asked, “Have you hugged a farmer today?” Not that any special occasion is needed for that to happen, we noticed that it was National Ag Day last Tuesday. So here’s hoping all of our farmers, young and old, male and ...

Character does still count

Editorials

Congratulations to the 14 Minot students honored this week by the Minot Community Character Counts Coalition. Character Counts is a national program dedicated to promoting the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship in schools. The ...

Auto registration law should be enforced

Editorials

With North Dakota strapped for cash and cutting its budget, the state should pay attention to all potential revenue streams – particularly before either the state or local governments start looking around for new sources. That means the state should not leave any money on the table. Yet, ...

Nepotism and an insidious assault on political dissent

Community Columnists

The late, great Robin Williams once said: “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some get it as a graduation gift.” Others get it, or at least the appearance of it, because their sister just happens to be a U.S. Senator. “Gathered behind closed doors in a Denver hotel, ...