Letters to the Editor

Foster care during the holidays

Sonja Stang PATH Director of Community Relations With care and compassion, PATH foster parents across North Dakota continue to serve our most vulnerable youth during the holiday season. Many youth will be spending the holidays with a foster family while some will spend the holidays waiting ...

Out-of-the-box thinking

Darel Harrington Minot Chris Baker’s Letter in today’s MDN has a good point. The “experienced” politicians are in the “that’s the way we’ve always done it” mode. Whether it is the City , County, Legislature, or Congress, they resist change. A good example is the ...

No way to run a railroad

Dominick Magliaro Minot Air Force Base The Canadian Pacific Railroad’s Christmas train was a wonderful idea for charity that was poorly executed by the city of Minot. There was adequate information about the event and it was for a good cause. However, the area in which the city had ...

A plea for transparency

Waylon Hedegaard President of the North Dakota AFL-CIO In November, nearly 170,000 North Dakotans voted for transparency in government by supporting Measure 1, the anti-corruption ballot measure. They did this in spite of misinformation about what the measure would do. The overreaction by ...

A final salute to vets

Richard Reuer Minot Today, Dec. 6, 2018, as I along with the rest of the country sat in front of our TV screen watching the final funeral of our 41st president, President George Herbert Walker Bush. Not only is he remembered as our 41st President of the United States of America, but also ...

Kudos to Home Depot

Larry Barnett Minot Recently, I visited Home Depot to make a purchase. As a retired USAF veteran, I was extremely proud to see a reserved parking space for a Combat Wounded/Purple Heart Veteran next to the handicapped spots. Kudos to Home Depot for remembering our wounded warriors’ ...

Think outside the box

Chris Baker Minot Dear school board, please ditch the box constraining your thinking! There is another, better, possibility for the high school conundrum. Find a landowner, between here and Kenmare, willing to donate a section, or two, of land to the school district. As I understand it ...

It’s that time again

Troy Johnson Williston Well it’s that time of year again. You know what I mean, PROPERTY TAXES. Tis the season for the increased statements. Looks like Williston is up to its old tricks again. A vote earlier this year for a new school got shot down, then the city raised everyone’s ...

Wake Up

Dan Sandvold Minot Time for our city fathers to wake up and get back to the basics. Enough mistakes, enough money wasted, and enough tax increases. Pull the weeds, fix the roads, and replace the terrible lighting system everywhere. The City of Minot is an economic disaster and when ...

Sipma needs to man up

Jeff Fox Minot In last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the City Council discussed the idea of appointing an Ombudsman. In case you’re like me and didn’t know an ombudsman does, I’ll fill you in on what it is that he does. He answers and investigates complaints from ...

A case against Central

Chris Baker Minot The last thing we need to do is waste more money on Central Campus! It is located within walking distance of no family housing, is in a difficult traffic situation, and would be best used for either a smaller population special needs school or an administration building. ...

Time to get health insurance

Dr. Charles Christianson Grand Forks As a North Dakota family physician, I want to share information important to everyone. First, timely medical examination and treatment saves lives every day. Second, North Dakotans are more likely to get timely treatment if they have insurance ...

What’s the rush?

Darol Bonebrake Bottineau I have been a homeowner at Lake Metigoshe, now retired there on Lake Loop Road. I have been astonished by people doing speeds up to 70 in a 40 mph areas, 45 in 25 mph, residential at that. Why all the hurry? Sheriff has no time for this problem. He has 750 ...

For sheep’s sake

Paula Moore Norfolk, Va. The PETA Foundation Sheep are such gentle individuals that children sing nursery rhymes about them and adults count them to help us doze off. Yet when we buy wool sweaters and winter coats, we are supporting a violent industry that leaves these animals broken and ...

Old guard still in charge

Charles Tuttle Minot The old guard is still in charge, I’m sorry to say. When we changed the city council some years ago we founded the make Minot group. I saw this as our new young generation, with a vision to bring back Minot magic. A new guard, or so I thought, was going to be the ...

Maybe free parking could help ramps

Jim Lein Minot The simplest and best way of preventing further lock-ins and of increasing ramp use: FREE PARKING. Who knows? It might even result in more people finding out the ramps aren’t that bad. Many products or services got going with free samples or free sampling. And even if ...

Voting an embarrassment in Florida

Ron Carlson Bismarck Am I the only one that finds it amazing that Florida has these serious election problems continually in the one specific county? All because every vote should count? I agree each and every vote should count….if done properly and timely. I also fervently believe ...

Higher Ed governance plan level playing field

Debora Dragseth Dickinson As a member of the Task Force for Higher Education Governance, I would like to share some insight into the process that was used to develop the three-board governance model proposal. Unanimously, the 15-member Task Force agreed that a change in higher education ...

Why we left ND

Michael Noone Lacey, Wash. I moved to ND in the 90s for college, graduated with two degrees from NDSU, and in 2002 my wife and I moved to Bismarck for my new job in state government. Over nearly 17 years, I came to appreciate that state employees take seriously the “service” part of ...

Bakken oil doesn’t take holiday breaks

Bill Glen Williston This Holiday Season much will be written, shared, posted and tweeted about those around us who keep us safe, healthy and free. Many Americans do not have a four-day weekend, or their “holiday season” is cut short because of their chosen careers. For them and their ...