Opinion

Green space an important part of river’s future

Editorials

hen it comes to the future of the Souris River in Minot, most people’s thoughts inevitable revolve around the important need for flood protection, the complexities of the project already underway and the very real concern over where the funding is going to come from. Last weekend, however, ...

Do the right thing

National Columnists

As American society becomes more tribal, society also becomes increasingly unstable and unmoored from civility. Americans are expected to take up for their tribe and defend it at all costs. The unfortunate outcome is that it can lead to not doing the right thing. There are people in the ...

The police vs. the PC police

National Columnists

As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to ...

Improve Amtrak, don’t kill it

Editorials

The last thing that America needs in the way of transportation is even fewer options. That was made clear millions of times earlier this month when a video of a man being forcibly dragged off an airliner caught the nation’s attention. The video was viewed millions of times just online. It ...

A political preacher may be coming to your church

Community Columnists

Somewhere deep in the bowels of Congress, a committee is drafting language to repeal that section of the Internal Revenue Code that prohibits charities, including churches, from endorsing political candidates. For some evangelical pastors, the Gospel is no longer sufficient so they are ...

An open letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

Editorials

Mr. Attorney General, First, a thanks and congratulations for your long-time public service and your contribution to the state’s broad recognition as a good place to live and to do business. However, there is a cancer eating at the very core of civil society in North Dakota, a disease ...

How I found the newspaper

Community Columnists

"Tina, what do you want to be when you grow up?” asked my third-grade teacher. I remember the scenario clearly. It was early in the school year and my teacher asked me and my 8-year-old classmates what we wished to be in the future. There was a chorus of “doctor,” “veterinarian,” ...

Let’s make this happen

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot A few weeks ago Patti Eisenzimmer wrote a wonderful article and I hope everybody read it. It’s true everything she said. The city of Minot doesn’t give a damn about the drug problems in Minot. They have to build worthless buildings and spend money stupidly and ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Sacrifices

Editorials

Sharing a weekly look at the inside of operations at Minot Daily News has permitted me to offer a glimpse at the complex roles and responsibilities of reporters at the paper. Today, I’d like to share a handful of the sacrifices that newspaper journalists have to make in order to be most ...

Lemonade, anyone?

Letters to the Editor

Tyrone Langager Minot Some thoughts, if permitted, on clichés, Nobel laureates, and Welsh poets. Clichés are overused, trite, and unarguably true (“haste makes waste” and “he who hesitates is lost” are equally noxious and factual). In the last year, from the wholesale ...

No place in North Dakota for CPCs

Letters to the Editor

Ellie Shockley Mandan In the final days of session, ND legislators continue to work on the budget for the Department of Human Services. According to the DHS website, its role is to “provide services that help vulnerable North Dakotans of all ages to maintain or enhance their quality of ...

A “yes” vote is encouraged

Letters to the Editor

Ryan Davy Des Lacs As Mayor of Des Lacs, I encourage the voters of United School District 7 to vote “Yes” in support of the bond to fund expansions and renovations at the Des Lacs and Burlington schools on April 25th. Let me address the question most often asked; why build in Des ...

No fan of Cramer

Letters to the Editor

Hal Gershman Grand Forks Congressman Cramer stated that Sean Spicer’s comment about Hitler not using chemical weapons “had some validity” and was “a very poor illustration even if technically true.” What has validity and is technically true is that Kevin Cramer is a national ...

Where is the outcry, the outrage?

Letters to the Editor

North Dakota State University Professors Allan Ashworth Elias Elias Neil Gudmestad Thomas Isern Kalpana Katti Jo Ann Miller Lawrence P. Reynolds Mukund Sibi William Wilson Although some concern has been expressed, there should be an outcry of outrage from the citizens and ...

Send Rodman back if nothing else

Letters to the Editor

Jim Lein Minot It’s hard to imagine what might happen to Seoul and the rest of South Korea if we continue in our stubborn and undiplomatic stand-off with North Korea. It’s hard enough for me to imagine what Seoul looks like today, compared with my year there in the mid 1960s. It ...

Vote “Yes” for quality education April 25

Letters to the Editor

Paula Bachmeier Burlington Dear Patrons of Des Lacs-Burlington School District: Fifty-five years ago, our two small, North Dakota rural towns made a decision to support each other with one common goal: a quality EDUCATION for our students. The United No. 7 School District was born, and ...

Earth Day a great cause to celebrate

Editorials

Today is Earth Day, a time to celebrate Earth and hopefully do something positive, big or small, to sustain the planet. It seems like we’ve had Earth Day forever, but that is not the case. The first Earth Day was held in 1970, back in the days of unspeakable pollution in America. We in ...

State takes hunting violations seriously, so should residents

Editorials

It’s in human nature to take some restrictions and laws more seriously than others. Many people, if not all, tend to play fast and loose with the laws they consider of minor importance. People don’t view jaywalking the same as fleeing the scene of an accident; nor do most people see driving ...

Can Democrats capitalize Republican mismanagement?

Community Columnists

North Dakota’s Republicans have given Democrats an opening in 2018, but can the liberals exploit it? Much is made of the utter electoral devastation North Dakota Democrats have suffered in recent election cycles, and rightfully so. Thanks to campaign incompetence, and a myopic adherence to ...