Letters to the Editor

Let me puff in peace

Collin Nelson, Minot Recently, Senate bill 2137 was introduced for an exemption to the current tobacco laws allowing for cigar lounges that would be attached to tobacco sales establishments. The entire purpose for this exemption is to allow those that enjoy cigars to have a place AWAY from ...

Place your bets

Gary Hoffer Bismarck I always placed my bets on wise North Dakota logic. Wait, I might have been wrong. Old white guys leading us to the promise land. I had progressive ingenuity in mind. What was I thinking? When you think you have a sure thing the one armed bandit spits out a rusty ...

Beware of HB 1388

Patti Patrie, Bowdon Proponents of weakening our state’s current anti-corporate farming law are now using “second cousins” as a foil to do so in HB 1388. Our law, which 75 percent of North Dakotans supported at the ballot box in 2016, needs no tweaking or amending. In a recent ...

Democrats’ agenda in a nutshell

Dan Reinhard, Minot I believe the national Democratic Party might be missing golden opportunities to move progressively forward on their desired policy items. It appears that a large majority of the Democratic Party members strongly wish to enact legislation for the following improvements to ...

Meaningful moments and milk

Troy Ross Berthold My career as a teacher of junior high and high school students over the past 30-plus years has been filled with the usual ups and downs of life. Good moments and bad moments occur on a daily basis, but I’ve realized, over the past few years, that I tend to focus on the ...

Get on with the ethics commission already

Sharon Buhr Valley City The people of North Dakota have voted. We voted FOR Measure 1 which is now Article 14 of our North Dakota Constitution. We voted for this ethics measure because we believe in fairness and honesty, and because in previous legislative sessions our legislators refused ...

Too few statesmen

Gary Angell Garrison We as a nation have a lot different ideas on what should be done to fix the influx of illegal aliens? We have a country that is made of people from all over the world many families can trace the heritage to countries from all over the world, people who have made our ...

Get screened, be aware

Mikey Hoeven Former ND First Lady As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Cancer Prevention Month. Nearly 1.8 million Americans will be diagnosed with ...

Stop the shutdowns, balance the budget

Diane Zander Minot Why is there such a thing as a government shut down? If it continues to be a thing, it should be from top-down. Congress and the administration should work without pay, or aides, or security, or transportation, or cafeteria until reopened. How about this: give each ...

HB 1388: ‘Simple’ tweak has big time implications

Mark Watne Jamestown Two years ago, 75 percent of North Dakotans voted in favor of family farms. Last year, a district court upheld the constitutionality of our law. Despite that, the North Dakota Legislature is yet again taking up a bill to weaken the Corporate Farming Law. At first ...

ND needs fully trained dentists

Dr. Dave Olson Minot A bill (HB 1426) has once again been introduced in the 2019 North Dakota Legislature to license a new category of dental provider, called a dental therapist. The bill has been proposed to reduce barriers to care in tribal communities and non-profit dental clinics across ...

To build or not to build

Bob McNamara Upham This isn’t meant to be pro or con. It is not directed at any particular place because the issue goes from West Fargo to Minot to Williston and small places in between. It is meant to stir conversation and thought. On a daily basis I hear the economy is booming. We ...

No smoking goes for cigars too

Mary Lentz Minot STAMP Coalition We represent a local tobacco prevention coalition, STAMP, from Minot. We would like to express our concern and opposition to Senate Bill 2137 which seeks to exempt “cigar bars” and “premium tobacco products” from the North Dakota smoke-free law. In ...

Are you kidding me?

Nancy Bommelman Minot Are you kidding me right now? The legislators wants to be reimbursed for feeding their faces, but they won’t reimburse the teachers for school supplies? SHAME ON THEM!!! I know a lot of teachers that take THEIR OWN MONEY and buy school supplies for their ...

Time to update

Casey Buchmann Washburn Hey legislators, it is the 21st century. Six years ago, our Capitol received an electronic upgrade in audio and video. Many if not all the committee rooms at the Capitol either have the ability for real time audio or real time video. It’s sad that as a ...

Upping taxes will stifle oil producition

Jeff Kummer Watford City The Democrat legislation to increase oil taxes impacts more than the out-of-state companies they tout. Their move negatively affects North Dakota royalty owners and their families. Royalty owners are most often landowners that have passed down their mineral ...

Where’s the beef plant?

Barry Borg Valley City Have you ever wondered why our state is the only state with a state-owned bank and a flour mill? Back in the early 1900s, farmers were at the mercy of Minneapolis millers and bankers. Farm prices were very low and banks were foreclosing on farmers at a very high rate. ...

Bring your own bag

Heidi Super Minot In December I had the pleasure of attending an impromptu get-together with charter members of Friends of the Souris River and a few additional like-minded Minot citizens. Although we are an informal group, I was reassured and re-energized by the focus of the meeting – ...

TR: America’s Winston Churchill

Rich Karlgaard Publisher, Forbes Magazine I was born and raised in Bismarck and attended its great public schools, including Bismarck State College. In my 27-year career at Forbes Magazine and as a keynote speaker, I have traveled the world and visited all 50 states. I never miss the ...

It’s an invasion

Larry Miller Valley City When the first wave of migrants heading north from Central America to the USA was described as an “invasion,” leftists went into hysterics over the word “invasion.” They insisted it was just a “caravan” of asylum seekers. Ever eager to promote the ...