Opinion

Well done Souris Basin Transportation

Editorials

What can we say about the news that a new bus service between Minot and Bismarck is set to launch Feb. 2 other than – terrific. Minot has been without bus service to Bismarck since June 2016. That is a long time to be without affordable transportation between two of the largest cities in ...

Stop Feministsplaining sex to men

National Columnists

There's a word that has become popular in feminist circles these days: "mansplaining." The word is a mashup of "man" and "explaining" and refers to men who condescendingly explain the facts of life to women. So, for example, if a man believes a woman doesn't understand directions and slowly ...

Comp plan will be good to have underway

Editorials

Ward County moving ahead with its effort to craft a comprehensive land use plan is a good sign that improvements in how the county develops in the years to come are in the pipeline. The county announced this week that it has selected the engineering firm KLJ to develop a comprehensive land ...

Get off the couch if you want Medicaid

National Columnists

Last week, the Trump administration announced it will allow states to impose a "community engagement" requirement on healthy adults getting Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people. So far, 10 states intend to do it, though not welfare-haven New York. To get Medicaid, ...

Big Brother on America’s fishing boats

National Columnists

Salt water. Seagulls. Striped bass. My fondest childhood memories come from fishing with my dad on the creaky piers and slick jetties of the Jersey shore. The Atlantic Ocean is in my blood. So when fishing families in New England reached out to me for help spreading word about their economic ...

Selling hate

National Columnists

Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself "the premier" group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will "fight the hate that thrives in our country." I once believed in the center's ...

County opened floodgate for payoffs

Editorials

It’s little wonder that a former Ward County deputy is considering advancing his complaint about his dismissal to the point of taking Ward County to court. Why not? Given the county commission’s record in personnel affairs to benefit some officials in the past and intervene in appropriate ...

Trump: In immigration debate, race matters

National Columnists

President Trump "said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist. ... I cannot believe ... any president has ever spoken the words that I ... heard our president speak yesterday." So wailed Sen. Dick Durbin after departing the White House. And what caused the minority leader to ...

Constitutional ignorance — perhaps contempt

National Columnists

Hillary Clinton blamed the Electoral College for her stunning defeat in the 2016 presidential election in her latest memoirs, "What Happened?" Some have claimed that the Electoral College is one of the most dangerous institutions in American politics. Why? They say the Electoral College system, ...

Midterm elections unlikely to be as contentious here

Editorials

All around the country, partisans are preparing themselves for a bloodbath of a midterm election. The ugliness of the race began before Inauguration Day and has only continued to escalate in news cycle after news cycle in which “fake news,” remarkably irregular behavior by the President of ...

Something wonderful fading into history

Editorials

In yesterday’s Minot Daily News, staff writer Kim Fundingsland shared a beautiful ode to small towns – in this case, a really small town, in Ruso, N.D., which at some point soon will swell to its maximum population of four, as the state’s smallest incorporated town. Kim’s story is ...

Thanks, China (maybe)

National Columnists

"When prosperity comes, do not use all of it." -- Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world's largest ...

Always proud he was my president

National Columnists

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Roof repair permits not a bad idea

Editorials

The City of Minot is proposing to require permits for roof repairs, a change from policy requiring permit for a new roof or significant repairs. It is important to note that, to the credit of the City, this does not seem to be a top-heavy mandate. Instead, it is being presented as a protection ...

Is ‘Fire and Fury’ fizzling?

National Columnists

The most disappointed people in America this past week must be those Trump execrators who opened their Amazon package only to find that the copy of "Fire and Fury" they had ordered was subtitled "The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945." It's a well-regarded 2009 volume by University of ...

Election 2018 Scoreboards: Who’s up and who’s down?

National Columnists

Looking ahead to Election 2018, the numbers are close enough for either party to end up in control of the House, the Senate or both. The final outcome will be determined by a combination of the races in play, the fundamentals in each race, and the strength of the political winds in ...

Burglaries eat at community’s foundation

Editorials

They aren’t often the crimes that earn the big headlines or that prompt infectious fear the way violent crime does, but burglaries eat away at the foundation of a community. They can strain relations between neighbors, strain between residents and police and frustrate residents and police. ...

Will ND medical marijuana go up in smoke?

Community Columnists

After at least five years of asking for legislative action, drafting a complex law, collecting signatures, winning a state referendum, correcting statutory errors, and planning implementation, will the North Dakota medical marijuana initiative go up in smoke? As 29 other states with medical ...

Not impressed with Hoeven staff

Letters to the Editor

Vallie D. Needham Bismarck I recently visited Senator John Hoeven’s office in Bismarck with some friends about some concerns we had. Instead of feeling as if our voice and opinion mattered, the receptionist argued back and made it clear our concerns weren’t as important as her opinion. ...