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Not impressed with Hoeven staff

Vallie D. Needham Bismarck I recently visited Senator John Hoeven’s office in Bismarck with some friends about some concerns we had. Instead of feeling as if our voice and opinion mattered, the receptionist argued back and made it clear our concerns weren’t as important as her opinion. ...

Must be nice having political connections

James Truther Minot Recently our political leadership in North Dakota has insisted the state is in a “budget crisis” and “hard decisions need to be made” regarding services our tax dollars are used to support. While our political leaders have made the “hard decisions” to cut ...

More women needed in public office

Ellie Shockley Mandan I was excited to be appointed to the Task Force on Higher Education, but something gave me pause. I noticed that among the fourteen people the governor selected, only five (36%) had feminine names. I wondered what might be the source of the imbalance. Fortunately, the ...

Use the correct name for parade

Paul Ferrer Minot As a native Southern Californian, transplanted to Minot via Tucson and Chicago, it’s time to proffer one of my pet peeves: A pox on anyone who refers to the annual New Years Day parade in Pasadena as “the Rose Bowl Parade.” It is properly called either “the ...

Oil has brought new job opportunities

Rod Resner Grand Forks At two opposite corners of North Dakota, two major projects promise to bring the next stage of oil and gas to our state, each with more than one hundred great paying jobs. These two projects are the Northern Plains Nitrogen fertilizer plant in Grand Forks and the ...

Do the right thing, fire Hagerott

Tom Seymour West Fargo How many more employees will have to come forward to confirm Lisa Feldner’s reports of discrimination, a hostile work environment, wasteful spending, and unethical contracts before the State Board of Higher Education takes action? I have known Lisa Feldner for ...

Even Elmer Fudd knows better

Leon Mallberg Dickinson I’m turning 77 years of age and I have never seen our government more out of control and corrupt. I don’t trust the CIA, FBI, Justice Department, State Department and Congress in general. I truly believe that there is a set of rules for the politicians, ...

Justice-Lite dealt to Sports On Tap shooter

Nancy Bommelman Minot How does this work? A man named Steven Stewart shoots two people outside Sports On Tap, admits to it and only gets ten years in prison? Admits it! We all know how this is going to work, he’ll be out in two years. You know why? He got a deal. He could have very ...

Heidi sides with the D.C. liberals

Madison Rodgers Fargo I would like to respond to Eric Burin’s recent letter regarding Senator Heitkamp’s “political independence.” While Senator Heitkamp campaigned on representing North Dakota’s interests in the United States Senate and maintaining a moderate stance, the results ...

Remember this come November

Jerome Gruenberg Burlington I’ll start by saying deputy Tim Poston is my son-in-law. He moved here from Canada and wanted to go into law enforcement. He went to work for the Ward County Sheriff’s Department and attended academy training in Bismarck. While there Poston was wrongly ...

We should withdraw from UNESCO

Duane Stahl Valley City The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, started mostly by secret U.S. communists Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White in 1945, has worked to influence young people worldwide since its inception. Soon after its founding, it published ...

Republicans responsible for national debt

Charles Linderman Carrington Enough of Kelly Armstrong’s, well, let’s call it “bearing false witness”. Armstrong wants to discuss only certain provisions of the so-called tax reform and tries to redirect the conversation to Obama era deficits. The 500-page tax bill is way too ...

Cheers to Heidi

Hal Gershman Grand Forks I am grateful for Senator Heitkamp’s fight for bipartisan, serious, tax reform that would not explode the national debt by close to 1.5 trillion dollars. And, I am proud she fought to make the income tax reductions for middle class families permanent – just as ...

City manager is cleaning up Minot’s mess

Monte Reiner Minot Tom Barry’s first year article was an excellent portrayal of the facts and showed clarity, honesty, and professionalism. Blaming Tom Barry for the sins of the past is ridiculous and shows a total lack of reasoning. Tom Barry’s transparent education to citizens on our ...

Minot firefighters need more money

Nancy Bommelman Minot A few weeks ago I had a tour of the Minot Fire Department over on 20th Avenue. I’ve got to tell you it was an awakening. Glenn Hardy gave me a tour, the reason for the tour was I had heard when the firemen go out on a call and there are children involved they ...

Government at every level is corrupt

Ralph Muecke Gladstone Former President Ronald Reagan once said: “the worst words you can ever hope to hear are, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” This has no more been better dramatized than with our property tax bills. Upon the defeat of measure 2 led by ...

Think twice about raising chickens

Roberta Henry Westhope It is during this winter cold snap that I feel compelled to enter the backyard chicken debate. While I have to agree chickens are relatively quiet birds and, with proper maintenance, are fairly clean, to me the problem arises when the temperatures are no longer ...

Napolitano misses the message

Jim Lein Minot National op-ed writer Andrew Napolitano concluded the year with another of his “What if” columns. Every sentence is a “what if” question— a bit dizzying to read straight through. This latest effort started out with questions about Jesus and, about half way ...

What Heidi Heitkamp doesn’t say

Kelly Armstrong Bismarck The irony is not lost on me that Senator Heitkamp touts one of her number one reasons for not supporting historic tax relief is her “concern” of adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit over the next decade. What she leaves out of that statement is the fact ...

Tax reform a giant leap for ND

Joe Miller Park River After a decade of stagnant growth, America needed a change and the nation’s tax reform is a big first step. Even more so it’s giant leap for North Dakota. The North Dakota farmer is grateful. At a time when commodity prices are low and capital is shrinking, we ...