Opinion

North Dakota should cease taxing Social Security income

Editorials

German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck is routinely credited for creating the first Social Security system in modern history in the 1880s. Perhaps ironically, it was a political move to stave off advancing socialism in Europe by creating the first modern welfare state. The chancellor was no idiot ...

Don’t write off coal

Letters to the Editor

Bob Paulson State Representative District 3 Brad Magnuson, chairman of the Dem-NPL Renewable Energy Caucus, (June 10, MDN Letters to Editor), tells us that coal is no longer a viable source of energy. We would be wise to consider the reality of what other countries have already discovered ...

Legislators rise up against Planned Parenthood

National Columnists

Riding a wave of anti-abortion sentiment, 89 Republican legislators have opted to make an issue of NDSU teaming up with Planned Parenthood to sponsor six days of workshops to train teachers how to talk with students about sex. The signatures were recruited by Senator Janne Myrdal of Edinburg ...

More benefits needed for Guardsmen

Letters to the Editor

Lloyd Kvam Minot I served for nearly six years and was on call 24/7 to go anywhere my country needed me to fight fires, floods, riots and also go anywhere in the world on a moments notice. Families are greatly affected when any of these events should occur. Whar benefits do Guardsmen get ...

The twin pillars of health care reform

National Columnists

Seven out of 10 voters rate their health insurance coverage and the medical care they receive as good or excellent. Despite that, only 34% give our nation's health care system positive reviews. Not surprisingly, therefore, health care reform has consistently been a top voter concern election ...

Disaster for All

Letters to the Editor

Nickolas Dreyer Minot My letter is in response to Tony Bender’s Opinion page on the government taking over our health care system. I really wonder if people know what “Single-Payer” or “Medicare for All” really mean. It sounds nice, but in reality it will be disastrous and ...

Promises kept

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot I kept a mistress for many years where I worked at Minot Air Force base. There were many long days we spent together; twelve to sixteen hours and sometimes seven days a week - endless nights of trying to fix what malfunctions happened to her before putting her to bed for ...

Why the free pass for oil?

Letters to the Editor

Randall Greenfield Columbia, MD As a landowner in Burke County ND I am continually dumbfounded at how the oil industry without any public complaint or Game and Fish concerns continue to build large oil sites within native prairie, build roads across sensitive wetlands, invade wildlife ...

Strengthening the Minot-Skien connection

Community Columnists

Minot’s sister city relationship with Skien, Norway, has been an important international cultural and business connection for both cities for nearly 40 years. City Manager Tom Barry, the City Council, and I all felt it was necessary to visit Skien to strengthen the ties that bind our two ...

Juneteenth belongs on the city’s calendar

Editorials

Juneteenth might be a funny name, but what it represents, what it celebrates, is serious stuff. On Thursday, the City of Minot announced it will host the community’s first-ever Juneteenth event in commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The first time? Who knew. Just ...

Wind energy is a win-win

Community Columnists

We’ve all felt the power of a North Dakota wind, its gale force moving snow drifts over six feet high or offering a cool waft of relief on a hot summer day. As a prairie state, it comes with the territory. But rarely do we realize how abundant and valuable an asset wind truly is as an energy ...

Trashing the Constitution again

National Columnists

While the eyes of the political and media classes were on President Donald Trump as he commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the United Kingdom and in France last week, and then as we all watched for progress in the tariff war Trump started with Mexico, the Department of Justice was ...

Everything’s just fine with our gun laws, thank you

Community Columnists

I realize it’s too soon to talk about the Virginia Beach killings. Everyone knows we need to have a waiting period before we discuss gun deaths in America. People should respect the sanctity of death — even those of government workers. They’re all we’ve got until school shooting season ...

Investment in historic preservation will pay off

Editorials

Some taxpayers might balk at the idea of investing in the improvement and preservation of the Carnegie Center. That is a short-sighted perspective. The preservation of historic sites, buildings and history have been key to the redevelopment of a countless array of cities of all sizes ...

Real X-Men

National Columnists

Soon, some of you will try to make "better babies." Already, people pay labs to examine embryos so they can pick ones with DNA they like. Some screen for gender or eye color. Some screen out certain diseases. So far, they've been limited to selecting genes that exist in the parents. ...

Biden joining Dems in left field

National Columnists

Nineteen Democrats running for president took the stage in Iowa on Sunday to woo voters. It was a circus of left-wingers going bonkers for things most Americans don't want. The front-runners back abortion anytime before birth, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, outlawing ...

Impeachment: How to not win friends and influence people

Editorials

Congressional Democrats are once again throwing around the idea of impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump. At the same time, left-leaning consultants and talking heads are warning that such an attempt is a course to disaster, as Republicans learned in impeaching former President Bill ...

How to create conflict

National Columnists

We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control over ...

Praying (or not) for the president

National Columnists

Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way. The White House informed the church with only a few minutes notice that the ...