Letters to the Editor

Babies should not be disposable

Renae Perkins Minot I too feel, as Karen Gumke does in her ‘Letter to the Editor’ in the Feb. 2 newspaper, that I must speak up for the unborn rather than one day stand in front of God and admit I said nothing. There’s so much killing in the news these days and so often it’s over ...

Stand up for clean coal

Marie Pozarnsky Benedict There is much dreaming of changes for our country these days. And I call it dreaming because there is no practicality involved in the vision. We as North Dakotans tend to be practical people. We deal daily for the winter months with the real possibility of people ...

Heart valve disease is treatable

Sue Peschin Washington, D.C. February 22nd marks the third annual National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day. A common but little-known condition, heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the heart’s four valves is damaged. This can result in major complications, possibly ...

U.S. Speedway 83

Sue Peschin Washington, D.C. February 22nd marks the third annual National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day. A common but little-known condition, heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the heart’s four valves is damaged. This can result in major complications, possibly ...

Renew the Automation Tax Credit

Kristin Hedger Dickinson House Bill 1040, Renewing the Automation Tax Credit, is critical legislation to empower manufacturing and construction companies doing business in North Dakota. The legislation would support the companies to purchase new equipment to advance state of the art ...

Avoiding skin cancer this summer

Frannie Cline Minot State University Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Americans, affecting 1 in 5 people (AAD, 2018). People can be affected by the rays even when it is cloudy outside. It can also be the most preventable cancer as well. This article will summarize the different ...

SD 2044 all about special treatment for energy

Don Morrison Dakota Resource Council Bismarck On Jan. 18, North Dakota legislators introduced a bill, which would create new crimes with stiff penalties for “critical infrastructure trespass,” and “impeding critical infrastructure.” According to the sponsor, Senator Janne Myrdal, ...

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 ...