Letters to the Editor

North Dakota’s forecast: Mostly sunny with lingering storms

Wayne Papke Mandan Fifteen years ago, no one would have projected the rise of the North Dakota economy and the prominence it would gain within the American economy and as place for young adults to stay and make home. The trip hasn’t provided perfect, sunny skies. We rode the ...

The Real Witch-Hunt is Voter Fraud

Ellie Shockley Mandan President Trump catalyzed this witch-hunt by cranking up his kangaroo court “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” to fix an election problem we do not actually have! Election problems we actually do have all lead to lowered voter turnout. Many ...

Lone Ranger writes again

Richard Shafer Grand Forks The dominant culture in North Dakota discourages heated political arguments that might injure friendships. As an unapologetic and dedicated liberal, however, I often imagine a conversation I might have with a Trump supporter who is as politically motivated as I ...

RE: Amtrak/water truck collision

Robert Pines Sullivan, Mo. Railroad safety is run by baboons. Here, let’s put 338 passengers and 16 crew members in a 80 mph train bomb with no brakes or steering and protect the crossings with a piece of wood and two band aids while the owner of the railroad track can buy the state. ...

What will we do come winter?

Steve Beaudoin Minot Just a question for the city. With the new garbage pickup system now the trucks can pick the cans up off of the boulevard but when they set them back down they are three feet from the curb and set there until the residents get home from work that evening. So this ...

Call for voter records is massive government overreach

Vallie D. Needham Bismarck Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that millions routinely vote illegally. In the last year, he has produced no verifiable evidence for his claims, but he continues to parade them as fact. He even went as far as to create the Presidential Advisory Committee on ...

Thanks, Minot, for all you do

Jamie Humphries Minot Air Force Base In response to a recent letter to the editor, it is appropriate to thank the community members and local government officials who all support the Minot Air Force Base mission, people and families. We thank you! In my 18 years of military service, the ...

Call it the ‘cost of living in Minot’ tax

Troy Johnson Williston I see a solution to Minot’s money problems, to start with, do what the oilfield does, lay everyone off, start over at a lower wage, take all the benefits away, including vacations and start from scratch. Also the ones that can’t get laid off gets a 10 percent cut, ...

City staff could turn down annual raises

Wayne Rowe Minot I have just read the article titled: “So Let’s Cut the Budget.” The news video I saw online suggested that every department including the airport will experience cutbacks. I was a city employee at the airport until July of this year. Sorry, but unless they plan on ...

Hats off to the Pioneer Village

Margaret Hass Minot We have so many things to enjoy in Minot no one can deny but being part of our pioneer’s life at the Pioneer Village is one of the best for both the young and old. The Veterans display in the museum is something all should see. It makes you so proud of our Veterans and ...

U.S. needs a Department of Energy

Ruth Urdahl Jamestown Eliminating the police and fire departments and building inspectors may reduce a city’s budget, but at what cost?? The same can be said about plan to eliminate federal departments, including the Department of Energy, proposed by white supremacist Steve Bannon, ...

Time for millennials to step up

Tanner Herbert Bismarck We as Americans have a love of democracy. We believe that our democracy is quintessential to our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy. So why then has “politics” become such a dirty word? The answer to me is simple: polarization. We all have an opinion, and ...

Whose pockets are going to be lined this time?

Nancy Bommelman Minot So the city manager wants to increase taxes again! Good Grief!! When is that going to stop? The way to NOT increase taxes for one is to redo the budget. When driving around Minot I see six men standing talking over a hole and one in the ground. Why do we need six ...

Fantastic job!

Bob Ziegler Minot I reported a broken water main on Sunday afternoon. The Minot PD responded quickly to seal off the area, and the water dept quickly turned off the water to prevent further flooding. Then Monday morning, the water dept showed up to repair the broken pipe. They dug up the ...

McCain vote revealed he has values

Monte Reiner Minot Last week’s thumbs down EMOJI by John McCain drew gasps and groans from every corner of the US Senate. Instead of voting with the 17% of Americans supporting the bill McCain showed he actually has values. Voting for a terrible process just to fulfill a campaign promise ...

Seeking medical help for son

Krisanna Peterson Bismarck ND says it wants to get people out of prison, that prisoners should be getting mental health services. My family is in a mental health prison, a prison without bars. I have begged the governor, the legislature, etc. for help and all I get is nothing. I have ...

Celebrating energy independence

Joan Sammon Williston Ingenuity lives within the human soul. It spurs innovation and is the root of our visceral inclination to problem solve and to improve our lives. The unleashing of the American Energy Industry is a testament to our human ingenuity, and it single-handedly shifted the ...

Heartsick and ashamed

Renee Ewine Bismarck The Republican leadership has weaponized healthcare in this country, stripping health care from millions in order to give the wealthy few tax breaks. From the beginning of this debacle I have often wondered at the relationship between these two things, and I know what ...

Send pipeline company the bill already

Mary Conrad Gackle So, it’s official: the federal government has denied reimbursement of the security costs ND incurred at Standing Rock during the protests against DAPL. As if watching my state’s muddled handling of last year’s unrest wasn’t painful and embarrassing enough, now ...

Good advice from Ben Franklin

Dan Manka Harvey I was recently enjoying God’s creation once again in Yellowstone National Park. At the large, beautiful Lake Yellowstone Hotel I overheard a father giving instructions to his son. Starting in 1960, my father began taking me to that hotel and that park of such amazing ...