Opinion

County right to schedule public hearing on right-of-way issue

Editorials

The Ward County Planning Commission was right to schedule a public hearing to discuss a county policy requiring the dedication of road right-of-way in the platting of new lots. The policy requires landowners who plat 40 acres or fewer to give land to the county for a 75-foot right-of-way from ...

Minot State should keep their business local

Letters to the Editor

Jim Clifford Minot I am a driver for the only charter bus company in Minot. I am concerned for my job and the existence of Northland Bus Company. Northland has been a fixture in Minot for over 35 years. There is a possibility this Company will be gone in the future. Minot State University ...

Building from the inside out

Editorials

One of the hats that an editor wears is chief figure in the complaint department. That is, when a reader has a complaint about... well, almost anything... the call ends up to my office. It’s part of the job and you get used to it. Some complaints are about content – someone disagrees ...

Pro sports should not become politicized

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot I’ll begin by apologizing to my neighbors who might have heard a crazy guy outside my home scream PATRIOTS at the top of his lungs on Super Bowl Sunday night. That would be me. I do understand that there are many people who are not fans of the NFL, or the New England ...

Economic Fear Drive Shepherds to Sanhedrin

Community Columnists

"Speaking for the shepherds in the Bethlehem area, we want something done about this Jesus person,’ Isaac, son of Methish, demanded of the Sanhedrin, governing body of the Jews, as shepherds crowded onto the open courtyard. Fortunately, it was an outdoor meeting. “We certainly share ...

What if . . .

Letters to the Editor

Warren D. Larson Bismarck What if, in their alleged drive to cut costs and save money, the North Dakota Legislature could easily save almost a million dollars? What if they could do that without raising a single tax? What if they could do that without cutting any vital programs? What if ...

Hoeven, Cramer got it wrong

Letters to the Editor

Robert Haider Bismarck The U.S. Senate voted recently to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary. The U.S. Department of Education is now led by a person who does not support public schools, particularly the rural public schools that are the backbone of North Dakota. For the first time ...

Repealing initiated measure would be historic

Letters to the Editor

Sharon Buhr Valley City The attack on BreatheND during this legislative session should be a red flag to all North Dakotans. The Legislature is not honoring the vote of the people by trying to erase this successful program. I voted along with most North Dakotans to pass Initiated Measure 3 ...

Awful waste in Minot

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot Let me start by saying I think the garbage men and women who pick our trash up in -40 below weather and 100 above are great and hard working people. So please don’t let this letter deter them from thinking their job isn’t worth something, because it is. So me ...

Common courtesy should prevent police involvement with loose pets

Editorials

There is plenty of crime to go around in Minot. Sadly, law enforcement and criminal justice professionals have their hands filled with serious crime that is a detriment to the community. Fido running loose is hardly a serious crime (unless he’s a biter) for the most part. Still, while pets ...

Oddly, no pitchforks being sharpened for UND president

Community Columnists

The pitchforks are being sharpened and the torches soaked in kerosene, we presume. What else should we expect from the great state of North Dakota now that a university president has overstepped his bounds as a humble public servant? We should expect the angry mobs behind their keyboards ...

Initiated measure process requires amending

Editorials

The prudence of North Dakota’s citizen initiated ballot measures has been the topic of some debate already this year in the wake of several passing last November that some worry were not well thought-in and/or included incomplete directives. This conversation should continue and state ...

Books to read in unsettled times

Community Columnists

Last week, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill requiring high school students to read “The Federalist Papers.” Exactly how this law will be enforced and who will be punished if it isn’t are matters of deep puzzlement. The goal of the legislation is clear enough. ...

Repeal! No, wait!

National Columnists

Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating. I understand why. Most Americans opposed Obamacare ever since the Democrats imposed it. But now that Congress actually might kill it, more (about half those polled) say, “Wait, I like Obamacare!” ...

Legislature must reject SB 2152

Editorials

In an era in which citizens everywhere are calling out for something new in politics, when sincerity and plain-speaking are valued more than political correctness and equivocation, there is still the North Dakota Legislature. As if considering loosening up laws to make it easier to shoot ...

Managing the ‘People’s money’

Community Columnists

As Treasurer for North Dakota, I am once again blessed to inform and educate the voters and readers of the duties of the treasurer’s office. It’s a well-known fact Senator Mathern was my opponent in the 2016 campaign and throughout his campaign, his message was to eliminate the office. Now ...

Progressive working group might consider principles first

Editorials

A meeting scheduled for tomorrow in Minot to bring together the politically active with progressive beliefs to discuss an organizational strategy should be received as a good sign by those on both sides of the political aisle. Clearly, progressives in North Dakota face tough prospects in a ...