Opinion

‘Bad dog’ ordinance makes solid sense

Editorials

The City of Minot considering a “Bad dog ordinance” just makes good, solid sense, as a standalone piece of legislation. Bad, or rather injurious dogs, are a problem in every community. Furthermore, they come in all breeds, shapes and sizes. Even a relatively placid breed can evolve to ...

More Hillary chronicles

National Columnists

The Department of Justice will soon commence an investigation to determine whether there should be an investigation (you read that nonsense correctly) of a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation and a company called Uranium One. It appears that FBI decisions made during the time that Hillary ...

Silence on Sleaze-Bob Menendez

National Columnists

The verdict is in. I pronounce Democrat leaders, left-wing feminists and Beltway journalists guilty of gross negligence and hypocrisy over a dirty rotten sleazeball in their midst. For the past 11 weeks, Bob Menendez has been on trial for 18 counts of bribery, fraud and corruption ...

Behavioral health access is real shame of American healthcare

Editorials

Over the past few years, it has been access to healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions that the media has propped up as the greatest challenge to the existing system – a huge problem that would suddenly be solved by the disastrous Affordable Care Act. Of course, the reality is ...

City contracts, Google and Facebook

Community Columnists

What does awarding a City contract have to do with Google and Facebook? At first glance, it’s hard to see a connection. But if we take a closer look, perhaps we can learn from the way the internet giants process data and make decisions about the information they show us. Consider this: ...

What are our representatives supposed to do?

National Columnists

During America's founding era, a significant debate took place about the nature of representation in a democratically elected government. Were representatives supposed to act as simple proxies for their constituents? Or were they supposed to exercise independent judgment? Edmund Burke was a ...

The Putt District addresses issue of concern

Editorials

Ask just about any Minot advocate about needs in the community and the list probably won’t get too long before “things for kids to do, particularly in the winter” comes along. The reasons are many: improve the current quality of life; engage children in healthy, safe activities; and ...

‘Buy local’ is baloney

Community Columnists

"Buy local” is a term you probably hear a lot in these days of digital commerce and a global economy. Business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce promote the slogan, especially during the holiday shopping season. Donald Trump made a reinvigorated sort of trade protectionism a ...

Burgum task force tops political news

Community Columnists

Gov. Doug Burgum announced that he’ll name a task force to study higher education. That’s the most important thing that happened in North Dakota politics since this column last appeared a fortnight ago. The task force is a precedent breaker. No other governor has taken such a direct ...

Are school speed zone penalties enough deterrent?

Editorials

In many states, mandated fees for speeding in school speed zones are among the highest for a moving violation – into the hundreds of dollars, often even if just slightly over the posted speed limit. The purpose is obvious – to create a powerful deterrent to stave off speeding in situations ...

Task Force is about governance, not closing campuses

Community Columnists

North Dakota is blessed with a robust higher education system. From students and faculty to administrators and alumni, our 11 public colleges and universities have enjoyed a broad base of support and tremendous investment appropriated by the state Legislature. The system is strong, ...

Let’s reality test

Community Columnists

President Trump has called for a tax cut that will add 1,500 billion dollars to the national debt. In normal speak that is $1.5 trillion added to an already staggering debt. Does that make sense? We are at a time of strong economic growth and unemployment is at a 17 year low. Most economists ...

More women’s voices needed in government

Editorials

Area women recently got together at the Minot Public Library for an informational event on the roles that women play in politics and government. Nothing but good can come out of such a meeting, designed to encourage women to run for elected office. One of the principal speakers was city ...

Local preference policy nice rhetoric, dubious practice

Editorials

Variations on the “buy local” theme appear in marketing efforts in countless cities and towns across the U.S. They are wonderful – and wise – initiatives to draw attention to local purveyors, from book stores and boutiques to independent restaurants and everyday retail. As far as ...

Cheer up, Donald; Donna Brazile is here

Community Columnists

Reaching back into his political memory, the CNN moderator noted that Democrats have a way of shooting themselves in the feet when they are running ahead of the pack. It didn’t take long for his wisdom to become reality. No one could be happier with the change in the political dialogue than ...

Minot flood was man-made

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot Look, I do not pretend to be an expert hydrologist, but I do have an opinion about our upcoming local flood prevention program. Every resident throughout the Souris River Basin was affected by the destructive deluge of the 2011 flood. Some residents lost homes and small ...

Our opinion and occasional lack thereof

Editorials

One increasingly common occurrence around the Minot Daily News newsroom is readers suggesting the newspaper take editorial positions on one topic or another. Just as we receive numerous leads and requests to explore stories and address rumors, we also hear from advocates for one side of a ...