Opinion

God is angry with North Dakota

Community Columnists

Last week, as we dug out from yet another “bomb cyclone,” I wondered why it’s been such a brutal winter. I know, you think because I’m a tree-hugging liberal, I’m going to say “climate change.” Nope. (I got paid $5,000 from the Koch Brothers to deny it.) Actually, I’ve had an ...

At least ND leaders don’t reflect Congress

Editorials

Sure, local and state government officials can argue, even squabble. They can have conflicts among them, sometimes in the Legislature or members of a city council or county commission, sometimes between local leaders and members of the Legislature. Yes, sometimes it can be ugly; other times it ...

Right to print arms

National Columnists

Are you very afraid? 3D-printed guns are coming. "Virtually undetectable!" shrieked CNN. "This changes the safety of Americans forever!" shrieked MSNBC. Does it? Six years ago, a company called Defense Distributed posted blueprints for 3D-printed guns on the web. The Obama State ...

Questions for Chase (away) Bank

National Columnists

I have been a Chase Bank customer for years. Who knows how much longer it'll be? Will the company's thought police come for me next? How about you? If you are a non-leftist who does business with the financial giant owned by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., you need to ask questions and get ...

Is the state’s Legislature active enough?

Editorials

It isn’t as if the North Dakota Constitution is sacrosanct. Whether through constitutional initiated measures or items voters decide on based on the Legislature, adjustments to the North Dakota Constitution are rare or few and far between. The debate might rage when it comes to the U.S. ...

Some things to ponder

National Columnists

There's a push to change laws to permit both criminals serving time and ex-criminals the right to vote. Guess which party is pushing the most for these legal changes. If you guessed that it was the Democrats, go to the head of the class. Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote ...

Mayor Pete and the crackup of Christianity

National Columnists

"(T)here is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so," said Hamlet, who thereby raised some crucial questions: Is moral truth subjective? Does it change with changing times and changing attitudes? Or is there a higher law, a permanent law, God's law, immutable and eternal, to ...

Voters unlikely to grant Legislature power over initiated measures

Editorials

Sometimes one can’t fathom the group thinking of the North Dakota Legislature. For example, why would North Dakota voters approve a measure that effectively empowers the Legislature to vote on a voter-initiated constitutional measure that had already won the support of the majority of ...

North Dakota should stay the course on prison reform

Community Columnists

There is nothing magic about being released from prison. When they return to the community, men and women leaving state custody bring with them whatever problems, habits, and mentalities they had behind bars — only enhanced by the stress of trying to rebuild their lives from scratch. ...

‘Little Chicago’ initiative may benefit downtown, economy

Editorials

This isn’t the first time there has been an effort to brand downtown Minot as “Little Chicago,” but the current push has the possibility of being a tremendous benefit to downtown merchants, members of the public seeking a night out on the town, and the overall economy of the city. The ...

The Democrats’ sweepstakes of frivolity

National Columnists

The Democrats' presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party's 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d'etre is to frustrate Democrats, seems to be thinking: ...

Bring home the crown, Miss North Dakota USA

Editorials

A young Burlington woman is headed to the Miss USA pageant soon and we wish her the best of luck. Bring home the crown Samantha Redding. Reading today’s Prairie Profile about Redding would make anyone want to vote for her; so mature for her age, so committed to others, humble. Burlington ...

A look inside the Minot Fire Department

Community Columnists

One of our goals at the Minot Fire Department is to continue to educate the citizens of Minot on our mission and to take advantage of more community outreach opportunities. We are excited for our partnership with The Minot Daily News that includes a new weekly version of incident reporting as ...

It’s about time

National Columnists

President Trump has designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). It's about time. Other administrations might have done it, but didn't. In a statement, the president said, "The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It ...

Judge Mattson is correct in his message to the Legislature

Editorials

Last week, the often outspoken Judge Doug Mattson offered some advice to and perhaps a slight scolding of the North Dakota Legislature. Good for Mattson, because on a couple of serious issue, he was entirely right – and the state would be better if they heard his advice and acted on it. ...

Honest journalists needed

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot It would be hard to say what happened to the American “muckrakers.” Albeit the origin of that term is not fully substantiated, many believe it was Teddy Roosevelt who first coined that term to describe American journalists. There was a time in our past where many ...

A Night To Remember: Christmas Day 2018

Community Columnists

It was late in the evening on Christmas Day. The kids had fallen asleep in their beds after a long festive day of gift opening, food, and traveling to our house outside the city of Bottineau. Before retiring for the evening, I had several things that needed to be returned to the furnace room. I ...