Opinion

Latest debacle illustrates county’s lack of foresight

Editorials

The decision by the Ward County Commission this week to table efforts to verify qualification of farm families’ property-tax exempt status is another example of poor planning and equivocation on its part. Weather modifications? Yes, no, yes. Call for removal of a sheriff on trial? No, yes, ...

Trump’s first week

National Columnists

Donald Trump will be busy Friday. He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump’s first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the “war on coal,” expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a “beautiful Southern border wall,” fix the ...

Sponsors of anarchy

National Columnists

Hoodlums will be out in full force this Inauguration Day weekend. Count on it. I’ve covered the left’s criminal anarchist element for more than 20 years — from the animal rights terrorists who have harassed, threatened and firebombed scientific researches across the U.S. and Europe to ...

Mental health services a precarious budget sacrifice

Editorials

This week, Gov. Doug Burgum issued the guidelines he would like to see taken up in constructing the state budget, and it notably included mental health (behavioral health) services funding to the tune of $250 million. However, veteran journalist Mike Jacobs, reporting for the North Dakota ...

‘Unusual media environment’ in ND

Community Columnists

This week’s theme is “to see ourselves as others see us,” and our lens is Dean Bresciani. Bresciani is president of North Dakota State University. NDSU’s president has been controversial. The Board of Higher Education did not extend his contract in June, demanding more respect, ...

Say no to the MDU rate hike

Community Columnists

North Dakota’s ratepayers are in for quite a shock if Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. gets its way. MDU has requested the Public Service Commission raise North Dakota’s electric rates (Case PU-16-666) by 9.4 percent. This increase far exceeds the average increase for all customer classes of ...

Pot law complications make delay necessary

Editorials

Whatever one’s position is on medical marijuana in North Dakota, it must be obvious that the measure did not pass because the affirming voters are looking forward to the days of unfettered recreational access to pot. With 65 percent of voters supporting the idea, plenty of people obviously ...

Pot law complications make delay necessary

Editorials

Whatever one’s position is on medical marijuana in North Dakota, it must be obvious that the measure did not pass because the affirming voters are looking forward to the days of unfettered recreational access to pot. With 65 percent of voters supporting the idea, plenty of people obviously ...

Obama’s farewell address a campaign rally in disguise

National Columnists

Barack Obama formally ended his presidency the way he came in, talking to adoring fans about how lucky we are to have him in our lives. Indeed, given the hand-wringing over how Obama’s successor is all about entertainment and theatrics, it was somewhere between ironic and absurd to watch ...

Obama’s farewell address a campaign rally in disguise

National Columnists

Barack Obama formally ended his presidency the way he came in, talking to adoring fans about how lucky we are to have him in our lives. Indeed, given the hand-wringing over how Obama’s successor is all about entertainment and theatrics, it was somewhere between ironic and absurd to watch ...

Ben Carson: Role model

National Columnists

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his brother ...

Ben Carson: Role model

National Columnists

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his brother ...

YWCA annual awards honor today’s role models

Editorials

Know a good role model among the women of Minot or the surrounding area? The YWCA in Minot is seeking nominations for its annual Women of Distinction awards, which will be presented at their annual banquet on May 5. YWCAs across the United States seek to honor the “unsung heroes” of ...

City right to examine tax structure

Editorials

It seems unlikely that the local economy, and thus tax revenues are going to skyrocket in the next year or so. This puts the City of Minot in a tough spot, with budget constraints and mounting debt. That’s why discussion about the first and second penny sales tax at this point makes good ...

A high-tech governor offers great promise

Community Columnists

As a political science professor and a recovering government reorganizer, I was impressed by the inaugural address of Governor Doug Burgum. And the more he talked the more impressed I became. Without a doubt, everyone ran his comments through individual paradigms tainted by experience and ...

A high-tech governor offers great promise

Community Columnists

As a political science professor and a recovering government reorganizer, I was impressed by the inaugural address of Governor Doug Burgum. And the more he talked the more impressed I became. Without a doubt, everyone ran his comments through individual paradigms tainted by experience and ...

Farmers may be badly hurt by President Trump

Letters to the Editor

Jim Lein Minot If he continues to rile China by his thoughtless remarks and actions, they may well stop buying our wheat, soybeans and other produce. Farmers have worked for decades to court and win customers all over the world, including from enemies like the Soviet Union, Communist ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Reasoned responses

Editorials

On a couple of occasions, I have shared with you some of the responsibilities that newspapers and their editorial staffs bear – those over and above anything that have to do with being a private sector business and intrinsic mandates. Chief among those I have discussed is the ...

Middle class woes

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot Trickle Down has never and will never result in higher wages for the middle class. As we hear of the intent to cut business taxes before those of our working class, the smell of the swamp fills the air. Businesses consider employees as their largest expense and continue ...

Time zone bandits at it again

Letters to the Editor

John Heiser Grassy Butte Well, once again it seems that the time zone bandits are up to no good with their latest attempts to meddle with the Mountain Time zone, which the majority of western North Dakotans favor. The fact is that we prefer Mountain time because it is a significant part of ...