Editorials

Minot State University must find a way to survive

They knew it was coming; we knew it was coming. Still, when Minot State University announced last week the extent of the cuts to be made based on reduced funding – well, it was painful. For some more than others, to be sure. MSU President Steve Shirley put the cuts in the proper ...

A season for optimism

Graduation season is upon us and signs are everywhere – in traditional media, in social media and with photos shared by friends and family. It’s a season for endings, for beginnings, for farewells and for bon voyages. It’s a season for renewed hope, for optimism in a day in which for ...

What comes of leads from readers

One of the upbeat trends around the Minot Daily News newsroom is that this year, we are hearing more from readers than past years. There aren’t any metrics, but it is pretty obvious to me from reading more letters and emails and having a daily call list that stretches beyond hours in a day. ...

Cramer not ducking questions on his health care vote

Whether you are a fan of the American Health Care Act or not, you have to hand it to Congressman Kevin Cramer for having the courage and the patience to explain the bill to voters back home. In person. Other members of Congress have taken considerable heat from constituents since the ...

Save the date: May 24

Once again Minot residents will have an important choice ahead of them this summer when voters take to the polls in June to determine the members of the next city council. The most important choice is not a choice of which six of nine candidates will make it to (or back to) the council. ...

Healthcare reform is a tough sell

Rep. Kevin Cramer should be credited for engaging with a posse of area residents earlier this week who were asking questions and sharing their thoughts on the U.S. House of Representatives’ repeal-and-replace-Obamacare measure. ‘Credited’ because he has to know that he would be facing ...

Hopefully state follows Burgum lead on innovation

When Doug Burgum was campaigning for North Dakota governor, his narrative was based on his outsider status as a hugely successful businessman who would then bring drive, vision and innovation to the state’s public sector. Yet, the headlines emerging from this year’s Legislative session ...

Time to take a personal stand against racism

When one thinks of freedom of speech, it’s almost universally assumed that the speaker is making a bold but controversial statement that they are willing to stand up for – to claim as their own, perhaps even in the face of violent opposition. That is the exact opposite of a bottom-feeding ...

Parker and Christensen belong in the Cowboy Hall of Fame

It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a hall of fame for North Dakota cowboys and ranchers was struggling to take off. Today, with many classes of inductees under their big belt, the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame is truly a success. Plans for the organization were discussed in 1994 and within just a ...

Justice Department should investigate Ward County incident

Many people in Ward County are still smarting from last week’s dismissal of the criminal case against former Ward County Sheriff Steve Kukowski – even if not feeling that Mr. Kukowski would be found guilty, the lack of a trial is unconscionable to a significant portion of the community. ...

Power

Power. It isn’t what you might think it is. Power isn’t the goal of the ambitious or a random side effect of achievement. Instead, power is a currency, the means by which one “purchases” what one wants – be it money, influence, sex, adulation, etc. Power can also purchase the ...

Writing for school vs. writing for the newspaper

It’s almost funny how wrong school can be. Don’t misjudge me, school can be a great place to gain knowledge and help give you a taste of the future. However, in my case, the world of journalism I learned was enormously different than the real thing. Firstly, the school didn’t portray ...

ND fiscal mess warrants annual sessions

The 2017 legislative session has ended, leaving in its wake a more convoluted fiscal system than the one with which it started and causing serious observers to wonder how long this house of cards can stand. Consisting of specious revenue estimating, funding triggers, and a variety of special ...

Finally, something that unifies ND delegation

It’s refreshing to see something that brings together North Dakota’s congressional delegation. While it is hardly a first, with election politics already in the wind among other challenges, it’s good to see that there are areas of agreement. It is regulatory reform that Sens. John ...

At very least, City Hall owes answers on ramps issue

Downtown Minot’s parking ramps have been the source of some of the most frequent complaints from local taxpayers. This should come as no surprise to anyone since the development deal is a money pit. Months ago, Minot Daily News opined that the most disturbing aspect of the ongoing effort to ...

Burgum’s veto a testament to principle

Gov. Doug Burgum warrants congratulations for vetoing a bill mandating carbon monoxide detectors in the state’s rental properties. In both his action and his comments explaining his decision, Burgum exemplifies one of the core principles upon which conservatism – and, unsurprisingly this ...

Real losers of legislative session are taxpayers

Elsewhere in this issue of Minot Daily News, legislative correspondent Mike Jacobs analyzes the 2017 legislative session and points out a handful of entities that fared poorly in Bismarck – and surely, some interests did better than others. However, the real losers make up a much larger ...

Judge should deny motion to drop charges in jail case

Now a couple of weeks ago, Northeast Central District Court Judge Lolita Hartle Romanick, Grand Forks, was presented with a motion to dismiss the charges against former Ward County Sheriff Steve Kukowski that emerged from investigations into the death of inmate Dustin Irwin. The motion was ...

MSU Development Foundation deserves credit

The Minot State University Development Foundation recently concluded a seven-year fundraising campaign that brought in $31.2 million. The money raised supports scholarships, academic programs, academic facilities, athletics and the annual fund. Thirty-one million is a tremendous sum for MSU ...

Legislature places tax decision impetus on local voters

There are two narratives to which one can subscribe when it comes to the North Dakota Senate’s decision not to cap local property tax increases after the end of state property tax buy downs in exchange for the state funding social service spending. One narrative is that the state is ...