Opinion

Exhibitors are the heart of the State Fair

Editorials

If you are new to the North Dakota State Fair or haven’t been to the fair in a few years, consider this. It wouldn’t be a fair without the exhibitors, it would be just a carnival or or a festival, not a true fair. So make time to visit the barns, the State Fair Center and Magic Place ...

A plan to save Social Security

National Columnists

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

Western values are superior

National Columnists

Here's part of President Donald Trump's speech in Poland: ''The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the ...

Minot firefighters take to the streets to support MDA

Editorials

We might not be able to fill their shoes, but we can sure fill their boots – with cash donations. It’s that time of the year when the Minot Fire Fighters Local 1157 hits the streets to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Members will be manning key locations on city ...

What to do for little Charlie Gard

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells’ energy-producing structures (the mitochondria), thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He ...

The wild blue yonder ain’t what it used to be

National Columnists

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The ...

Facilities fund process a debacle

Editorials

One could not help but recall the adage about making laws and making sausages upon analysis of last week’s nearly three-hour meeting of Minot’s Community Development Committee. Ostensibly the meeting was to consider nine applications for limited dollars available through the city’s ...

It Was We the People Who Were Lucky

Letters to the Editor

Ron Rauschenberger Bismarck I was amused by Mike Jacobs’ column “The Onlooker.” Seems journalists often prefer politicians who make a lot of noise. After all, it makes for good news headlines. Unfortunately, the wild-eyed politician also tends to be more divisive than pragmatic and ...

Plumbing the 221,000 North Dakotan non-voters

National Columnists

According to Secretary of State Al Jaeger, 590,955 North Dakotans were eligible to vote in the 2016 election but only 349,945 (61.29%) appeared to cast ballots. That means 221,000 were “no shows”. Why? Researchers at the Pew Research Center report that these non-voters are politically ...

Tearful farewell for a terrific colleague

Editorials

One of the great joys of my career over the past 25 years has been working with, teaching and mentoring young journalists or those otherwise just entering the business. One of the hardest things has been saying goodbye when it is time for said journalists to move on. Oh, it is anticipated. ...

Was Donald Trump Jr.’s Russian meeting a criminal act?

National Columnists

Last week, The New York Times revealed that in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and chief confidant; Paul Manafort, Trump’s then-campaign chief executive; and others met secretly at Trump Tower with a former Russian ...

SNAP makes a difference

Letters to the Editor

Gail Slinde Velva Every year, the North Dakota State Fair gives us all a chance to celebrate our state’s agricultural richness. But in the same state where we produce such bounty, many of our neighbors struggle to put food on the table each day. That’s why the Supplemental Nutrition ...

Carson Wentz is a gift to North Dakota

Letters to the Editor

J. Patrick Traynor Fargo Congratulations to Carson Wentz on the launch of his AO1 Foundation. It’s thrilling to see a young person called to live a life of giving, and inspiring that he and his new foundation are guided by his deep Christian faith. We are proud to call him our own! ...

It’s ok to judge the action

Letters to the Editor

Jolene Pietsch Minot According to Scripture: “pride or self-love as the beginning of every evil.” A person has every right and responsibility to judge the action of a person who is doing something which is contrary to natural law. Judging the actual action is different than judging ...

First week of automated garbage collection went well

Editorials

All seems to have gone well during the first week of automated garbage collection in Minot. Whew. We can be thankful those 70 mph winds that other parts of the state endured did not strike here this past week while city staff and residents alike were still learning the ropes of the new ...

Three Affiliated Tribes projects are great progress

Editorials

Congratulations are due to the Three Affiliated Tribes and Chairman Mark Fox for the good news about two important projects. A $24.8 million drug treatment center project is already being built in Bismarck. Financed entirely by the tribes, the 20,114-square-foot treatment center will include ...

The onlooker

Community Columnists

John Hoeven’s picture showed up on national network news the other day. This is remarkable. Hoeven is the least conspicuous senator from North Dakota in a quarter century. The title might go to Jocelyn Burdick, who was appointed to fill her husband’s seat. She served three months in ...

Courtesy, sensitivity can often be simplest solution

Editorials

Now that the smoke has cleared on Independence Day revelry and the focus shifts to the North Dakota State Fair this week (!), perhaps it is time to reflect back on the Fourth of July and the issue of fireworks inside city limits. Of course, fireworks are unlawful inside city limits. However, ...