Opinion

Support for sales tax fund might be waning

Editorials

The candidates for six city council seats on the June 13 ballot indicated support for retaining Minot’s MAGIC Fund during the Minot Daily News/Grand Hotel candidate forum last Wednesday. Or, more accurately, they acknowleged the need for economic development in Minot. “I am not really ...

Minot shows its pride, commitment

Editorials

With around 200 people in attendance at the Grand Hotel Wednesday night for the Minot Daily News/Grand Hotel candidates forum, a large and diverse sampling of local residents spoke up: “We’re proud of our community, want the best for it, and want to help guide the city to a better ...

Fire was an example of a critical public sector success

Editorials

While a number of questions remain to be addressed in the aftermath of the fire at Earth Recycling, some are more valid than others. Valid questions remain about the oversight of the property, potential changes to regulation to prevent a worse fire in similar facilities in the future, and ...

Let’s examine the elephants in the chambers

Community Columnists

Before we turn decisively away from the 65th session of the North Dakota Legislature, let’s have a look at the elephant in the chamber. I should say elephants, I suppose. There were 119 Republicans, amounting to massive majorities in both houses, 81 to 13 in the House and 38 to 9 in the ...

Times’ Green Baloney

National Columnists

The New York Times’ hostility to industry gets worse every day. Last week, the Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline “In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.” While this was just another of their stories about how Donald Trump ...

Will Minot engage this year?

Editorials

Tonight’s candidates forum at The Grand will be a revealing occasion. It will be an early sign of whether or not Minot residents are going to energetically engage with the city election process this year. Signs have been a challenge to read so far. Will the Minot that came out pretty ...

A special prosecutor for criminal leaks

National Columnists

Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, ...

The genius of Roger Ailes

National Columnists

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address ...

Justice system unequipped to deal with mentally ill

Editorials

Ramsey County District Court Judge Donovan Foughty recently rightly asserted that the justice system fails those with mental illness, which then has the effect of putting tremendous strain on that very system. Foughty is correct, as many people from attorneys to family members of inmates ...

Rosenstein joins the posse

National Columnists

"With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation,” writes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. What had Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein done to be welcomed home by the Post like the prodigal son? Without consulting the White House, he sandbagged President Trump, ...

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

National Columnists

ASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal ...

Senior pranks seem harmless, but fraught with risk

Editorials

It’s hard to fault a group of high school kids out to have a little fun at the close of the school year by throwing water balloons at other students and staff in their school’s lunchroom. It’s also hard to fault administrators wanting the troublemakers charged with something. By now ...

Demotic politics of Theresa May — and Donald Trump

National Columnists

DURHAM, England — When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics. In Britain, Tony Blair’s Labour Party was about to sweep to a landslide victory after 18 years of Conservative Party ...

The guardrails can’t contain Trump

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) ...

Compromise should be goal in right of way debate

Editorials

Two opposing sides have carved out intractable positions when it comes to the contentious rural Ward County right of way issue. On one hand, farmers feel the county policy is a land grab – yet another example of insensitive, imperial rule by a body with precious little concern for rural and ...

Libertarians on the prowl for licensing boards

Community Columnists

Quoting a dubious bit of research, Mark Holden, senior vice president of Koch Industries, alleged in an opinion piece sent to North Dakota newspapers last year that repeal of occupational licenses in the states would create three million new jobs and save consumers over $200 billion. With ...

Finding the story

Community Columnists

As long as there are humans around, there will certainly be no shortage of stories to find. I’m not complaining. If I’m going to be a journalist, stories are going to be my bread and butter. The other day, a friend approached me and asked, “How do you come up with your stories? Are you ...

Doing great things, at Head Start

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot I would like to recognize my wife for 38 years of unwavering service to children and parents of this community. Because of budgetary cutbacks, May 31 will be Diana Reiner’s last day at Minot Head Start. Diana has dedicated her career to working with infants and ...