Opinion

Take smart precautions for tick season

Editorials

When many people think of dangerous critters in North Dakota, they probably think large – ranging from moose to turkeys jaywalking in city limits. However, particularly this time of year and the summer ahead, it might be the many tick varieties that are the most insidious and more likely ...

Faith in Minot a growth industry

Editorials

For years now, major mainstream media has been pronouncing the diminishing of faith in the United States. Among the evidence cited has been reduction in church attendance and the struggles some faith institutions have had remaining open and relevant. In Minot and the region, though, even ...

America’s unsustainable empire

National Columnists

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize. For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has never enriched uranium to ...

Touching the Nation

National Columnists

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York's Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Educational fraud continues

National Columnists

Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation's Report Card, was released. It's not a pretty story. Only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in math. Among black students, only 17 percent tested ...

State should consider voter I.D. requirements

Editorials

North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. Is that because we are the last bastion of a more free form of a representative republic? Is it because we adamantly resist change? Is it because an active few have more influence than a passive many who don’t care to fight over the ...

Long-awaited expansion begins at First Lutheran

Editorials

Members of Minot’s First Lutheran Church celebrated a long-awaited groundbreaking after Sunday services yesterday. It’s been years coming, and completion is still a ways off, but the church’s sanctuary and Parish Hall across what years ago was part of Walders Street, will soon be joined ...

The politics of ND’s big bad budget bind

Community Columnists

Gov. Doug Burgum released his budget guidelines for the 2019-2012 biennium this week, and the tone of his fiscal message was grim. We’re in for more cuts. Burgum is asking that state agencies deliver budget recommendations for lawmakers, who will meet for their regular session in January, ...

America not as intolerant as we make it out to be

National Columnists

I don't normally watch the GLAAD Media Awards. Not that there's anything wrong with them. GLAAD, by the way, originally stood for "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation" before the organization declared that GLAAD was its name and not an acronym. But I did see a video of Britney ...

Governor’s budget guidelines set table for innovation

Editorials

While Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget guidelines, released last week, call for agencies to plan for tiered spending cuts, they are also just a starting point for broad inter-agency discussions; not a destination unto themselves. Those discussions will offer the opportunity for the type of ...

In defense of Port

Letters to the Editor

Roscoe Streyle Minot If you follow Rob Port on SayAnythingBlog.com or his articles in various newspapers you know he’s been critical of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Of course, the liberals are quick to defend Sen. Heitkamp and as expected turn to personal attacks and criticizing the ...

Impeachment frenzy in fictional TV

National Columnists

The intense fear and loathing that permeates news coverage of President Donald Trump is being multiplied on television dramas. Impeachment scenarios and 25th Amendment removal strategies are rolling around in the brains of scriptwriters. Barbara Hall, the creator of the pro-Hillary Clinton ...

(Spring) Flotsam and Jetsam

Editorials

That’s right, even though the season officially began weeks ago and there is still snow on the ground, it finally has the feel of spring. It isn’t just the temperature. It is also the patio furniture and grills re-emerging after a long winter, morning birdsong and on the best recent days, ...

Cramer gets it wrong – times 3

Letters to the Editor

Cody Stanley Grand Forks Congressman Kevin Cramer in his most recent Letter to the Editor in the Grand Forks Herald (Tax Reform Renews U.S. Confidence) attempted to sell the G.O.P.’s recently passed tax plan. His analysis of it missed three profoundly important points. These three points ...

My opioid experience

Letters to the Editor

Father Bruce Krebs Minot The editorial “Local Opinion” in the April 15 Sunday Minot Daily prompted me to write of my personal experience with opioids. Just over a year ago I had surgery for a herniated vertebra which caused the pinching of my sciatic nerve. I had no previous issue ...

Time to address ‘fatherlessness’

Letters to the Editor

Mitchell Sanderson Park River Spending millions of dollars on school security systems and having law enforcement in our schools or having armed teachers is not the answer to the school shooting problem. Changing the age to purchase certain guns will not stop this terrible problem. Most ...

Support for Ward County SO

Letters to the Editor

Eli Waddington Douglas A while back a lady wrote a letter to the editor of The Minot Daily News and made it sound like there was a mare and colt starving south of Ryder ND. That couldn’t have been farther from the truth! However it’s just like my dad always said, “Don’t believe ...