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Opinion

2020 budget process ending, and another soon begins

Community Columnists

f you’ve followed the 2020 budget process, you know we’re nearing the end. The Minot City Council approved the preliminary 2020 budget on first reading at its meeting this past week, a vote that was the culmination of months of work by members of the council, countless City of Minot ...

Be aware of prostate cancer

Letters to the Editor

Mikey Hoeven, Bismarck As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer ...

Don’t smile for the camera

National Columnists

A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world -- watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000 ...

Legislature’s hostility to ethics proves the polls

Community Columnists

By choking the effectiveness of the new Ethics Commission, the Legislature proved that the negative polls were right. EMC Research of Washington, D.C., conducted polls to assess the voters’ perceptions of the state Legislature and political system. The results should have jerked legislators ...

Reauthorize the EXIM bank now

Letters to the Editor

Josh Boschee, Fargo At this year’s Greater ND Chamber Policy Summit, I had the privilege of listening to some of North Dakota’s finest business people talk tariffs and trade. While there are certainly aspects of our nation’s trade policies worth debating, the Export-Import Bank is one ...

Let’s work together for education

Letters to the Editor

Kendra Neff, Minot Western North Dakota won the geologic lottery in 1951 when the first well began producing oil. Since then, the state experienced ups and downs until the discovery of the technologies allowing exploration in the Bakken. While the Bakken boom is behind us, our growth is ...

USMCA a backdoor to North American Union

Letters to the Editor

Judy Stahl, Valley City President Trump supports the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. 57% of the text of the USMCA is identical to that of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and builds upon the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement. Candidate Trump had opposed both the TPP and ...

Trump robbed of presidency

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard, Minot To those that followed the endless Mueller investigation proceedings they might have reached the same conclusion that President Trump declared: it was a witch hunt. The outcome revealed that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are not comrades nor was the President charged ...

There’s a lot on the line in ‘One Brand’ city strategy

Editorials

This week, the Minot City Council approved a contract with Visit Minot that allows for the appropriation of $300,000 in MAGIC Fund money toward development of a One Brand marketing strategy for 2019-21. A committee selected Odney as consultant on the project. For the sake of the future of the ...

Defending the indefensible

Community Columnists

While you were watching Kirk Cousins misfire in Green Bay, the real heroes were in Bismarck on Sunday. That’s where a politically-ambitious, preening Rep. Rick Becker headlined a Rally For Tone Deafness. Becker never met a mirror he didn’t like, and if the universe were just, he’d own ...

Trudeau scandal illustrates double standard

Editorials

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau ...

Good news

National Columnists

I rarely watch cable news anymore. It's all hysteria, all the time. CNN: "We are destroying the planet." MSNBC: "The middle class is disappearing!" President Donald Trump says drug trafficking "is worse than ever!" I'm glad my favorite magazine, Reason, cuts through the gloom ...

Change in gathering space funding would be a hard sell

Editorials

It isn’t as if Minot’s city council and administration have had many easy efforts to win over public support for their proposals in the past few years. Angered by taxes and what many see as failed projects such as the downtown parking ramps, or else seen as slow or unnecessary projects, ...

Facebook incites violent war on ICE

National Columnists

Abolish ICE thugs in Colorado want to see the homes and families of immigration enforcement officials set aflame. Denver communists want alien detention facility employees dead, swinging from nooses with broken necks. Both groups are brazenly using Facebook to spread their inflammatory and ...

Non-debate ‘debates’

National Columnists

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate — not even close. Here's how dictionary.com defines "debate": "A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative and ...

Racist exam questions?

National Columnists

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently sued the Baltimore County government alleging that its written test for police officer recruits was unfairly biased against black applicants. It turns out that black applicants failed the written test at a rate much greater than white applicants. That ...

Term limits a complicated but reasonable debate

Editorials

The issue of term limits for public office holders is a complicated one, even though both some advocates and some opponents might not see the other perspective. Advocates point to general public dissatisfaction with long-time, even virtually lifelong politicians. They correctly assert that ...

Not hard to believe North Dakota hardest working state

Editorials

There are those around the country, perhaps even here in North Dakota, who would probably be stunned to read Minot Daily News’ Sept. 14-15 edition story “Off to work we go” (https://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2019/09/wallethub-study-shows-nd-hardest-working/) which cites a ...