Editorials

County should toss rural right-of-way policy

Private property rights are the bedrock of our Republic and one of the key principles on which our system is based. Property rights are a component of natural law, the basis of democracy and one of the motivations for the founding of the United States. Property is so essential to a free state ...

Learning is a two-way street

Over the past year-and-a-half and certainly in the year or so I have been writing this column, hopefully readers have been able to learn some things about me along the way in learning about media, newspaper and Minot Daily News in general. Well, I’ve learned a few things about you as well. ...

Hug a farmer before they go extinct

There was a bumper sticker in the late 1970s or early ’80s that asked, “Have you hugged a farmer today?” Not that any special occasion is needed for that to happen, we noticed that it was National Ag Day last Tuesday. So here’s hoping all of our farmers, young and old, male and ...

Character does still count

Congratulations to the 14 Minot students honored this week by the Minot Community Character Counts Coalition. Character Counts is a national program dedicated to promoting the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship in schools. The ...

Auto registration law should be enforced

With North Dakota strapped for cash and cutting its budget, the state should pay attention to all potential revenue streams – particularly before either the state or local governments start looking around for new sources. That means the state should not leave any money on the table. Yet, ...

State will learn a lesson from private sector

It’s a mantra many in the private sector in economically challenging times live by every day of the work week: do more with less. Gone for much of the private sector is the bloat of the past – and then some. Executives capable of accomplishing what predecessors could, only with notably ...

Underage smoking being taken seriously

Lawmakers might have spent some time this year arguing about how the state’s anti-smoking campaign is administered, but signs point to folks at least in Minot taking underage smoking (and all tobacco use) seriously. According to a release from the Minot Police Department, on Saturday the ...

First day of spring promises much

You don’t hear anybody cheering for the first day of winter. Summer, maybe. Fall? Nope. But spring. Oh, rain or shine, there is the promise of better days to come. Kites buoyed aloft by gentle breezes, May baskets, cookouts. Soon farmers will be planting seeds in the ground, not knowing ...

Feds’ role in fighting drug abuse is debatable

Bravo for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her appearance in Minot last week to discuss with concerned residents and professionals the critical challenge of opioid abuse. In the past, denial might have hindered efforts to have discussions like these so it was good to see the dialogue happening. ...

Sharing news with neighbors

Over the past year, I have written several times about the distinct personal relationship people have with their newspaper; a relationship unlike that people have with other businesses. Many people feel that their local newspaper is similar to a public utility, rather than a private business ...

Sale of St. Joseph’s Hospital has lasting effects

For many Minoters, the sale of St. Joseph’s Hospital was not a positive moment in their lives, or in their view, in the history of Minot. It is a sore spot some just haven’t healed from. That was to be expected. Understood. Accepted. One of the more surprising aspects of that ...

Flood insurance is only reasonable choice

It is entirely possible that Minot will go years, decades even, without another devastating flood event such as that of 2011. It is entirely possible that flood protection for the Minot region is put in place by then and helps stave off a devastating flood event. If there is one thing everyone ...

Affordable housing need reflects inflated rental market

It’s good to see the City of Minot moving forward on the affordable housing component of the National Disaster Resilience funding plan – make no mistake. The Park South Apartment project and similar efforts will be beneficial, and it is good to see progress being made generally on the ...

State revenue forecasts aren’t going to get any easier

As if coping with diminished revenue isn’t a challenge enough, North Dakota lawmakers must also operate in an environment in which revenue forecasts are less reliable than in the past. As detailed in Tuesday’s Minot Daily News, in an article from Mike Jacobs, the job of forecasting ...

The kids are making us look good

Budget battles in Bismarck and talk of significant cuts ahead. Debate over funding for flood protection in the Minot area. Energy sector struggles and the impact on the local economy. These are just a few of the issues of concern this snowy March in the community. But while the chills keep ...

How we have mastered North Dakota winters

Spring is right around the corner. We keep hearing that. We keep saying that. Look around the corner, though, and you just might see another March storm barreling down on us. Somehow, though, it seems like North Dakotans have learned – dare we say “evolved” – into winter creatures. ...

Good news in higher education

There isn’t a lot of good news or joy coming from North Dakota’s public colleges and universities lately. From questions about graduation rates and performance to the economic viability at some sites and to the current state budget crunch, higher ed is in the spotlight and not frequently ...

Slow news days in a small world

One of the primal appeals of media is a sense of connectivity, a feeling that events of the day in one’s own community as well as those around the nation are of specific, personal interest to a journalist because we may be called on to report on them. Our work may make us need to have at ...

Parking meters could make a comeback

The state’s nearly 70-year ban on parking meters could be coming to an end soon – and it’s a good thing. No, we are not a fan of parking meters in downtown Minot, or anywhere in Minot for that matter. But they do serve a purpose; more on that later. As reported by The Associated ...

Some legislative sense on the outdoors

The North Dakota Legislature has not exactly demonstrated strong leadership or patented Midwest common sense this biennium, instead preferring showmanship, grandstanding and shows of power plays. While outdoors enthusiasts might have qualms about some of the decisions being made by the ...