Letters to the Editor

Such absurdity

David Aas Minot I find myself drawn to respond to Janet Mathistad’s criticism of the editorial cartoon in the August 22nd issue of the Minot Daily News. While I find myself questioning why I would be defending a cartoon, I am moved to respond to Reverend Mathistad’s misguided ...

Factory hog operation would be devastating

Janelle Engstrom Leeds A factory hog operation has been proposed near Devils Lake. Over 100,000 hogs and between 3.5 and 7 million gallons of sewage would be produced yearly. This project will have devastating consequences for Devils Lake! The barn and dump site areas are surrounded by ...

‘Debarking’ dogs is inhumane

Philip Weigel Minot I recently saw the story of Oregon farmers who were ordered to “debark” their dogs. The dogs’ barks are very loud and, understandably, the neighbors were tired of hearing that. However, the judge’s ruling to “debark” the dogs is very inhumane and cruel to ...

Time for ND to take charge

Monte Reiner Minot Although our president ignores most of the pillars of character we strive to introduce to our children and grandchildren when it comes to immigration it is time for our state to step up and take the lead. Our children see and hear this lack of respect for those ...

Please, no Dodd-Frank rollback

Stacey Jay Bendish Mandan Congressman Cramer has joined the bandwagon to roll back what he and many others call unneeded regulations on the banking industry. Understand that our congressman has worked almost his whole life in the public/political sector. Either running the ND Republican ...

Pay cuts, not raises, for city directors

Wayne Rowe Minot Thank You, Jill Schramm for your article “Council considers ways to reduce spending”. I read the title but didn’t buy the paper. I read the article online. My first response - is council serious? Does council really have to consider this? Aren’t they supposed ...

Why does Heidi still support Obamacare?

Jeff Miller Rugby Heidi Hietkamp supports Obamacare wholeheartedly which can be seen by the way she votes to stop its repeal and keep the program as is. Obamacare has already resulted in MUCH higher insurance premiums and MUCH higher deductibles. How much have both of yours changed in ...

Who introduced this one?

Gerald Koland Minot A single polling place is, in my opinion, a really bad idea. 1. Disadvantages those most distant from the auditorium. 2. Diminishes the number of people actually involved with self-government. 3. Further concentration of power feels more like a power grab for the ...

Overwhelming support

Jacob Jenkins Minot I wanted to take a moment on behalf of NDstrong, the organizers of the Minot Food Truck Festival, to thank the community of Minot and the surrounding areas for their amazing support this past weekend! When we began to plan this festival, we anticipated an attendance of ...

If you don’t agree, don’t vote

Ron Carlson Bismarck The volume is turning up. One person writes something and another person writes something else. What are we to believe? What is just noise? For example, take town hall meetings. Who is holding them? Who is telling you what you want to hear? I say, who cares? It seems ...

Heidi should level with North Dakotans

Nick Creamer Grand Forks So Heidi, you can’t make up your mind if you’re running for re-election? Is that why you raised over $3 million from special interest groups outside the State of North Dakota in the first 6 months of this year? Why don’t you just tell North Dakotans that you ...

College not for everyone

Kent Ellis Bismarck The back-to-school season brings a sense of excitement and wonderment for parents and families for the year ahead. However, juniors and seniors nearing the conclusion of their time in the local public schools are making decisions for education and careers that will ...

Pull the U.S. out of the UN

Duane Stahl Valley City Our Constitution asserts that our CREATOR gives us rights – not the Constitution nor the government – so government cannot take rights away. The UN Declaration says rights are subject to limitations determined by law. (Laws that make women slaves in countries ...

Business owners appreciate Minot’s finest

Lenny and Pam Brewer Minot We are writing to send kudos of appreciation to the Minot Police Department. On Tuesday, August 15th, our business, Dakota Safety Strategies, was robbed. We are a small, start-up company that provides safety training for the oil and gas and construction ...

Safe, clean water possible without the feds

Ryan Wanzek Bismarck EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s visit to North Dakota marks a much needed transition of power from the federal government to state leadership. Washington’s bureaucracy continually enlarged itself for decades, making it increasingly more difficult for the ...

The difference between Heitkamp and Hoeven

Vallie Needham Bismarck An ad was put out this week entitled “Heidi’s Hiding” and attacked her voting record including her vote against the GOP health care bills. This ad was obviously a spin-off of the “Where is Hoeven” campaign that has been gaining traction in Bismarck. The ...

Our ancestors saw Nazis for what they are

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck Sadly, white supremacy and Nazi ideology are on the rise across the nation and here in North Dakota. Four years ago, we all watched as Nazis and white supremacists tried to take over the small town of Leith for their own enclave, and many of us went down to protest ...

History repeating itself again

Minot In connection with recent reports on city safety circulating in all forms of media, a look back to Minot events in 1895 might give some food for thought. In May 1895, the editor of the combined Ward County Reporter - Minot Journal wrote in the issue for Friday, May 31, 1895, on page ...

Poor choice of political cartoon

Janet Hernes Mathistad Minot I was dismayed by the political cartoon you chose to run in Tuesday’s edition of the Minot Daily News: an African American couple holding a newspaper headlining Chicago weekend deaths, and then asking, “And we’re upset about statues?” The cartoon ...

Proud to have Hoeven in U.S. Senate

Diane Lillis Bismarck I’m disappointed but not surprised about recent Democrat attacks against Senator John Hoeven. At the same time, they claim that he isn’t accessible, Senator Hoeven has been all over the state meeting with North Dakotans. In fact, I just read an article that ...