Editorials

Latest debacle illustrates county’s lack of foresight

The decision by the Ward County Commission this week to table efforts to verify qualification of farm families’ property-tax exempt status is another example of poor planning and equivocation on its part. Weather modifications? Yes, no, yes. Call for removal of a sheriff on trial? No, yes, ...

Mental health services a precarious budget sacrifice

This week, Gov. Doug Burgum issued the guidelines he would like to see taken up in constructing the state budget, and it notably included mental health (behavioral health) services funding to the tune of $250 million. However, veteran journalist Mike Jacobs, reporting for the North Dakota ...

Pot law complications make delay necessary

Whatever one’s position is on medical marijuana in North Dakota, it must be obvious that the measure did not pass because the affirming voters are looking forward to the days of unfettered recreational access to pot. With 65 percent of voters supporting the idea, plenty of people obviously ...

Pot law complications make delay necessary

Whatever one’s position is on medical marijuana in North Dakota, it must be obvious that the measure did not pass because the affirming voters are looking forward to the days of unfettered recreational access to pot. With 65 percent of voters supporting the idea, plenty of people obviously ...

YWCA annual awards honor today’s role models

Know a good role model among the women of Minot or the surrounding area? The YWCA in Minot is seeking nominations for its annual Women of Distinction awards, which will be presented at their annual banquet on May 5. YWCAs across the United States seek to honor the “unsung heroes” of ...

City right to examine tax structure

It seems unlikely that the local economy, and thus tax revenues are going to skyrocket in the next year or so. This puts the City of Minot in a tough spot, with budget constraints and mounting debt. That’s why discussion about the first and second penny sales tax at this point makes good ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Reasoned responses

On a couple of occasions, I have shared with you some of the responsibilities that newspapers and their editorial staffs bear – those over and above anything that have to do with being a private sector business and intrinsic mandates. Chief among those I have discussed is the ...

Forums a great opportunity to interact with lawmakers

Voters – some more than others – manage to find a lot of fault with state lawmakers and especially with their decisions. While that might be great sport in North Dakota, it gets tiring after a while for the people who want to see a well run state government, one that is as fair as can ...

National lack of civility reaching Minot?

Just as national plagues such as drug abuse and violent crime have found a place in Minot, one has to wonder if the ugly trend of the lack of civility also arrived. Around the nation, violent protesters take to the street and destroy property and assault people when things don’t go their ...

Gray area in liquor laws may need attention

City and state officials may find themselves needing to have a look at and make adjustments to laws governing liquor sales. Or so it seems from a couple of cases advancing through the courts in Minot and referenced yesterday in a Minot Daily News story. It seems that a core issue is what ...

Build Minot campaign a chance to be heard

It’s an unfortunate reality that people are more prone to express in the negative than the positive. It is simply easy, requiring nothing, to complain about something one does not like or perceived as bad. On the other hand, to propose the positive, to offer suggestions, takes imagination, ...

Farewell to Pastor Ken

Rev. Ken Nelson might be leaving Minot, but he will long remain in the hearts of many at First Lutheran Church and in the community at large. After more than a dozen years, Nelson and family are relocating to Brookfield, Wisconsin, where he will become pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church there. ...

Operation Round Up — people helping people

We do believe in good intentions. People in the Minot area, we trust, would like very much to help out a neighbor in need. And we do, or some of us anyway. But sometimes it takes the power of suggestion, and a sound vehicle to make our giving regular. Who better than business? That seems to ...

High emergency shelter demand not an anomaly

News this week that emergency shelter services for women in Minot are in high demand should come as no surprise to residents, but it should be alarming. Generally, many often point to a down economy as one of the causes of the family stress that leads to homelessness and other social ills. ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Two way street

Last week, I shared some ideas for New Year’s resolutions on my agenda that involved readers and/or the community at large. A big thank you for those who have written in with suggestions and please keep them coming. One of the very specific Minot Daily News ones was to continue to work ...

Red light speed limit increase proposal

It didn’t take very long for the first dumb bill to be proposed in the North Dakota Legislature. Let’s hope this one doesn’t get any more traction than it already has. Lonnie Laffen, a Republican senator from Grand Forks, wants to raise interstate speed limits from 75 mph to 80 ...

Best to be pro-active with infrastructure

Homeowners protesting a proposed stormwater project in the area of 18th Avenue SW have every right to challenge city plans. Affected residents should always be skeptical about expensive investments and certainly those that end up as assessments on a neighborhood. However, as the issue is ...

Street parking enforcement is unpleasant but necessary

There are aspects of police work that law enforcement officers take to with more zeal than others. Honestly, men and women who enter the field are generally motivated by the desire to protect the public from criminals; that’s what makes them everyday heroes to sane Americans. Having cars ...

Commission’s action on sheriff reeks of politics

If there was an honest word spoken Tuesday during a Ward County Commission meeting discussion of the future of suspended Sheriff Steve Kukowski, it was by Commissioner John Fjeldahl. “I think it’s wrong what we are doing,” he said. “That’s kind of making this political, which I am ...

A little patience for cleanup efforts is needed

This week’s snowfall and anticipated extreme cold are going to further complicate snow removal efforts around Minot. One can already anticipate that there are going to be many people complaining that cleanup efforts are too slow or are inefficient. Patience is called for in this ...