Opinion

My visit to Minot Air Force Base

Community Columnists

Today I will continue my statewide military tour in Minot, where I’ll tour the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, this is all part of an effort to learn how I can support ...

Stationary vehicles still a challenge

Editorials

Although most of Minot’s roads have been well cleared of most snow, some continue to cite parked vehicles as a challenge. Curb-side parked cars, particularly on smaller, residential streets can still be found covered in snow and with snow built up around them because of the lack of access ...

Premises, premises

National Columnists

Here is the problem for Trump critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 presidential election. Then they deluded themselves by embracing the notion that Trump was illegitimate, unstable, stupid and an offense to everything they ...

Drones will require ongoing regulation

Editorials

Commercial remote piloted aircraft continue to increase in popularity and as the technology improves, they will probably only to continue in popularity. While there are many questions about the use of drones, the most significant ones are those that affect military and law ...

Trump can’t win in 2020, but Democrats could lose

National Columnists

If the 2020 election were simply a question of whether voters want President Donald Trump to serve another term, he would lose. His job approval ratings have consistently been in the low- to mid-40s nationwide, and it's no better in potential battleground states. Scott- Rasmussen.com polling ...

Experience a trip to the zoo this winter

Editorials

An experiment tried at Roosevelt Park Zoo in the fall of 2016 has proven to be a success. Zoo officials decided to give winter hours a try on weekdays and Saturdays and the public has responded most positively. Visitor numbers keep improving. In fact, the zoo had a 60 percent increase in its ...

Harrison Ford’s climate horror story

National Columnists

NBC late-night comedian Seth Meyers recently dedicated one of his "comedy" diatribes to denouncing "scaremongering about socialism." Liberals have a right to lecture us on some things, but scaremongering ain't one of them. These are the same people who relentlessly scaremonger the American ...

Let me puff in peace

Letters to the Editor

Collin Nelson, Minot Recently, Senate bill 2137 was introduced for an exemption to the current tobacco laws allowing for cigar lounges that would be attached to tobacco sales establishments. The entire purpose for this exemption is to allow those that enjoy cigars to have a place AWAY from ...

‘Nobody likes to see us as kids’

National Columnists

Most of us are more than one thing, but sometimes one thing happens that changes us forever. David Hogg, a survivor of last year's Valentine's Day massacre in Parkland, Florida, comes to mind. He was 17 when, sitting in his AP environmental science class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...

Place your bets

Letters to the Editor

Gary Hoffer Bismarck I always placed my bets on wise North Dakota logic. Wait, I might have been wrong. Old white guys leading us to the promise land. I had progressive ingenuity in mind. What was I thinking? When you think you have a sure thing the one armed bandit spits out a rusty ...

If you plan to run for president …

National Columnists

"This is the year!” Herb exclaimed to his longtime buddy Gordon on the assembly line over in the plastics factory. “So for what reason is this the year?” Gordon asked. “We’ve both passed at least 50 but without showing any favoritism to other years.” “This is the year I’m ...

Beware of HB 1388

Letters to the Editor

Patti Patrie, Bowdon Proponents of weakening our state’s current anti-corporate farming law are now using “second cousins” as a foil to do so in HB 1388. Our law, which 75 percent of North Dakotans supported at the ballot box in 2016, needs no tweaking or amending. In a recent ...

Democrats’ agenda in a nutshell

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard, Minot I believe the national Democratic Party might be missing golden opportunities to move progressively forward on their desired policy items. It appears that a large majority of the Democratic Party members strongly wish to enact legislation for the following improvements to ...

Meaningful moments and milk

Letters to the Editor

Troy Ross Berthold My career as a teacher of junior high and high school students over the past 30-plus years has been filled with the usual ups and downs of life. Good moments and bad moments occur on a daily basis, but I’ve realized, over the past few years, that I tend to focus on the ...

Get on with the ethics commission already

Letters to the Editor

Sharon Buhr Valley City The people of North Dakota have voted. We voted FOR Measure 1 which is now Article 14 of our North Dakota Constitution. We voted for this ethics measure because we believe in fairness and honesty, and because in previous legislative sessions our legislators refused ...

Too few statesmen

Letters to the Editor

Gary Angell Garrison We as a nation have a lot different ideas on what should be done to fix the influx of illegal aliens? We have a country that is made of people from all over the world many families can trace the heritage to countries from all over the world, people who have made our ...

Energy production meets all-time highs

Editorials

North Dakota’s oil and gas production has hit new all-time high records, according to preliminary figures. In December, oil production reached 1.4 million barrels a day. The state also produced 2.65 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas. The most recent numbers were released on Friday by ...

How could they?

National Columnists

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist church had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was "how could they?" It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic Church, ...