Editorials

‘Bad dog’ ordinance makes solid sense

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 ...

Behavioral health access is real shame of American healthcare

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 ...

The Putt District addresses issue of concern

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 ...

Are school speed zone penalties enough deterrent?

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 ...

More women’s voices needed in government

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

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 ...

Our opinion and occasional lack thereof

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 ...

Thanks to those who serve us all this Veterans Day

Today is a national day of honor for our military veterans. Veterans are the focus, but it is also right to honor and thank the men and women – many of them vets themselves – who year after year make the plans and put in the work to host Veterans Day functions. Locally there are many ...

Trinity news bodes well for Minot

Trinity Health’s success in moving forward on its $275 million complex in southwest Minot is a good sign for the hospital, for Minot residents and for other regional residents. A high-tech, innovative new medical campus speaks for itself. Trinity’s well worn structures are out of date, ...

Re-election decision aside, mayor isn’t done yet

It’s an entirely reasonable decision, and a personal one, for Mayor Chuck Barney to opt out of running for another term in his position next year. After all, he has been in public service a long time. It comes with tremendous responsibility in the best case scenario and the past few years ...

Warranted or not, medical marijuana delay will agitate

While some might have been surprised when the use of medical marijuana was approved by North Dakota voters, it was approved – and by a considerable majority. Similarly, the measure was among several voter initiated items that have subsequently prompted some officials around the state to ...

Honor veterans this Christmas and holiday season

Positive traditions are good anytime of year, whether it’s a personal tradition to fish a certain weekend with a son or daughter or taking a vacation with the entire family to someplace special. Traditions during the Christmas and Thanksgiving season are the best; cherished recipes made ...

The chickens coming home to roost

Now that the city appears to have moved closer to allowing backyard hens, the real issues of impact are going to come more into focus. Theoretically, a plan approved by a committee last week sets up a situation in which those who want chickens in city limits should be able to have them with ...

Marking time

When I was first asked to launch this column, it was with the express understanding that it would not be a personal column, either talking about myself or sharing my own personal feelings on issues of the day. These were important caveats for me, because I am uncomfortable writing about myself ...

True safety is an illusion

Another week, another threatened school shooting. Or at least, an unconfirmed threat circulated online that put Minot High School-Central Campus in the spotlight and led to increased police presence. Part of the new reality that began with the terrorist attacks of 16 years ago is constant ...

City leaders wise to consider alternative park sites

One of the most anticipated Resilience projects on the horizon in Minot is the proposed gathering space – a multi-purpose park. There has been some controversy because of the one site that the city seemed to immediately favor. The city had been eyeing a Trinity Health parking lot abutting ...

Minot High, Velva football teams have chance for special season

Not to be captain obvious, but winning a state championship is incredibly hard. Every high school football player in North Dakota dreams of one day lifting a championship trophy. That’s why they put in countless hours of conditioning, weight lifting, studying film and practicing to make ...

Annual Horn of Plenty hits the spot

Hungering to help out a good cause? The Horn of Plenty has been hitting the spot for decades, raising money to provide holiday meals to local families. It’s a time-tested and proven program that lifts spirits for givers as well as recipients. Once again, the Trinity Health Foundation has ...

A very different Halloween holiday

Happy Halloween to those who observe the occasion in any way, shape or form. Many of us remember what most would consider a conventional Halloween celebration – costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, parties. It was all in good fun and was one of the occasions youngsters looked ...

Following Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner

It has been a while but Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner is back in the news again, and with another book under his belt. Lehner has co-authored a book with new findings that shed light on construction of the Giza pyramids with Zahi Hawass, another leading Egyptologist and a former ...