Letters to the Editor

Cutting costs of garbage collection

Mavis Olson Minot There is NO single family household who need twice weekly garbage pick-up. The collection cost could be cut in half with once a month pickup. Other local garbage collectors collect only once weekly. Each household can pick appropriate size container to meet their need.

Don’t believe all you read

Alex Eggleston Minot I understand that the public should be made aware of local criminal activity going on in the region, and I think that since we live in a relatively small community, many people may find these stories fascinating to read, and then talk about. However, I feel that in ...

2017 has promise

Kevin Black Minot North Dakotans should know that 2017 looks to be a promising year in the North Dakota oil industry. Investment budgets are rising across almost every company with oil prices hovering above $50 per barrel, and this price point attracts new drilling rigs and the hiring of ...

Let’s take back our internet

Duane Stahl Valley City Which guards were asleep when American Internet control slipped into the hands of the United Nations-aligned Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an unaccountable, international, “multi-stakeholder” organization? Congress could have prevented ...

Working in Williston all about being resilient

David Tuan Williston While oil and gas markets may have been slow to wake up from hibernation during the early months of 2017, the northwest region, by contrast, has been bustling with activity. Despite all of this activity (and maintaining long hours in the office to keep up!), we ...

Environmental impacts are everywhere

Casey Buchmann Washburn The people of North Dakota never cease to amaze me. From our elected officials on down to our local residents. Many are unknowingly conditioned by the media and the news that they (media) report on what is happening in our state. What I don’t understand the most ...

What Trudeau didn’t say

Peter Schieferdecker Minot I just know that PM Trudeau during his recent U.S. visit was itching to say something about building a wall on his south border to keep drug runners, rapists, killers, fascists, racists and morons out of his country.

Thousands of coal jobs saved

Lisa DeVille Mandaree In November 2016, the Bureau of Land Management finalized the Methane and Waste prevention rule to replace outdated regulations that reduce flaring, venting, and unnecessary leaking of methane and other harmful pollutants into the air on public and tribal lands. ...

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Dr. Stephen McDonough Bismaarck Tobacco use remains a significant problem in North Dakota resulting in 1,000 deaths annually at a cost of $326 million in health care expenditures, a cost that anyone who pays taxes or health insurance premiums bears. Tobacco is as addicting as cocaine and ...

Tax dollars are being burned, vented into the air

Lisa DeVille Mandaree In November 2016, the Bureau of Land Management finalized the Methane and Waste prevention rule to replace outdated regulations that reduce flaring, venting, and unnecessary leaking of methane and other harmful pollutants into the air on public and tribal lands. ...

Giving Hearts Day a big success

J. Patrick Traynor Don Scott Fargo We are grateful! For 10 years, Giving Hearts Day has helped engage our communities in improving quality of life in the region. For 10 years, we’ve been amazed by your kindness and generosity. This year we challenged the charities to dream big, and ...

Ice Cold Ryders clarify incident

Evan Hunt Vice President, Ice Cold Ryders We respect your paper and all that you do, but there are some inaccuracies in the story ran about Friday night. I believe some information given implies that we were more involved than we actually were, so here’s the story; Our outside members that ...

Minot State should keep their business local

Jim Clifford Minot I am a driver for the only charter bus company in Minot. I am concerned for my job and the existence of Northland Bus Company. Northland has been a fixture in Minot for over 35 years. There is a possibility this Company will be gone in the future. Minot State University ...

Pro sports should not become politicized

Dan Reinhard Minot I’ll begin by apologizing to my neighbors who might have heard a crazy guy outside my home scream PATRIOTS at the top of his lungs on Super Bowl Sunday night. That would be me. I do understand that there are many people who are not fans of the NFL, or the New England ...

Save lives by updating North Dakota’s distracted driving law

Rep. Corey Mock D-Grand Forks Kelsie Myers grew up in Crosby. She loved to snowmobile, jet ski, sing, dance, and spend time with her friends. She was a sweet kid with a promising future. Tragedy struck her family and friends when, at age 19, Kelsie’s car was hit by a freight train west ...

What if . . .

Warren D. Larson Bismarck What if, in their alleged drive to cut costs and save money, the North Dakota Legislature could easily save almost a million dollars? What if they could do that without raising a single tax? What if they could do that without cutting any vital programs? What if ...

Hoeven, Cramer got it wrong

Robert Haider Bismarck The U.S. Senate voted recently to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary. The U.S. Department of Education is now led by a person who does not support public schools, particularly the rural public schools that are the backbone of North Dakota. For the first time ...

Repealing initiated measure would be historic

Sharon Buhr Valley City The attack on BreatheND during this legislative session should be a red flag to all North Dakotans. The Legislature is not honoring the vote of the people by trying to erase this successful program. I voted along with most North Dakotans to pass Initiated Measure 3 ...

Awful waste in Minot

Nancy Bommelman Minot Let me start by saying I think the garbage men and women who pick our trash up in -40 below weather and 100 above are great and hard working people. So please don’t let this letter deter them from thinking their job isn’t worth something, because it is. So me ...

New priorities needed in snow removal plan

Monte Reiner Minot There’s Snow Business Like Snow Business so I am pleased about the discussion to improve snow removal. Like any contract, meeting of the minds is a basic requirement but the minds of the folks paying the bill has been ignored. It is impossible to please all of ...