Letters to the Editor

Public turnout impressive

Jerome DeFelice FEMA Many thanks for all who helped host last week’s flood map meetings in Sawyer, Burlington and Minot. About a thousand households were able to get a better understanding of their flood risk and learn how upcoming map changes could affect them. Agents, realtors and ...

State Fair not appreciative enough to military families

Peter Schieferdecker Minot Between Minot AFB, Grand Forks AFB and the North Dakota National Guard contingent we have well over 10,000 military personnel and dependents residing in North Dakota. Their economic impact to state and communities exceeds a billion dollars. Besides their main ...

Minot has bigger issues than trash collection

Sarah Walker Minot I am responding to recent articles about the upcoming changes in trash collection. While I do have concerns for private trash collection businesses, the purpose of this letter is to address the changes to residential collection. I moved here from Denver, CO, the end of ...

Hoeven, Cramer are all talk

Jessica Dryer West Fargo A big Republican talking point is “run government like a business.” Many people buy into this idea, but I haven’t seen any commitment to it from our Republican leaders. Recently, there have been a slew of health care bills brought forward with no input from ...

Fear, hatred, anger are destroying our spirit

Kevin Tengesdal Bismarck This week, newsfeeds blast reports of politicians from a “Christian” nation determined to revoke healthcare from the vulnerable. A North Dakota Christian spews vile death threats at immigrants. The commander-in-chief tweets his loathing against military ...

Cookfest in Westhope was a success

Ty Engstrom Westhope Last Tuesday, Westhope was fortunate to host the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s seventeeth Cookfest at its school. Each year, the cookout is held in a western North Dakota small town whose economy relies on oil and gas development. Oil producers pair with a ...

Another trip to the woodshed for Sen. Hoeven

Krisanna Peterson Bismarck This is not good news when I need to write a second letter to the editor regarding Senator John Hoeven. I am outraged that Hoeven voted for Healthcare Procedural bill. I hope he realizes that you don’t need to follow all the Republicans. I learned early in ...

Read and follow the sign

Max Zurcher Minot Monday, the seventh of August, is Purple Heart Day. The following statement is from a sign on Interstate 90 in South Dakota: Purple Heart Memorial Highway “On May 24, 2012, the South Dakota DOT Transportation Commission officially declared Interstate 90 from the ...

Tap the river for recreation

Dan Reinhard Minot It goes many years beyond the river magic of Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finns’ adventures. However, I believe that we are missing an enormous opportunity with our Souris River in Minot. I do ride a bicycle along the existing River Walk and find great amounts of beauty ...

America needs good and thoughtful government

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck We all talk about having good government. We agree that we have a responsibility to good government. Though we may have different ideas about what government should do, there is little argument over the qualities good government should exhibit. Unfortunately, ...

Tough question for Sen. John Hoeven

Henry Lebak Minot I am writing this letter, as a constituent of Senator Hoeven, to encourage him to vote “No” on the Senate’s proposed health care bill. Why? Last November, my 92-year-old mother passed away after having spent 16 months is a Bismarck long term care facility. She ...

ND gets remarkable energy from the ground, and its people

Linda Svihovec Watford City Mark Zuckerberg visited the Bakken this week and hopefully he saw more than the incredible technology that brings oil from the ground, because, even though North Dakota is still a newcomer as a leader in the global oil and gas markets, the impact is ...

No fan of hail suppression

Clint Lindemann Enderlin I learned of weather modification a couple years ago from some friends that live in Bowman County. I didn’t think anything of it until I did some research and started watching North Dakota State Water Commission radar. Bowman, Burke, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward, ...

It Was We the People Who Were Lucky

Ron Rauschenberger Bismarck I was amused by Mike Jacobs’ column “The Onlooker.” Seems journalists often prefer politicians who make a lot of noise. After all, it makes for good news headlines. Unfortunately, the wild-eyed politician also tends to be more divisive than pragmatic and ...

Shouldn’t have to pay for damage done by heavy machinery

Monte Reiner Minot The Metigoshe Monster has reared its ugly head again as Roland Township Commissioners left their hearing aids at home as they attempt to reintroduce the paving project voters turned down just a few months ago. I love the way they explain that tweaking it just enough to ...

SNAP makes a difference

Gail Slinde Velva Every year, the North Dakota State Fair gives us all a chance to celebrate our state’s agricultural richness. But in the same state where we produce such bounty, many of our neighbors struggle to put food on the table each day. That’s why the Supplemental Nutrition ...

Carson Wentz is a gift to North Dakota

J. Patrick Traynor Fargo Congratulations to Carson Wentz on the launch of his AO1 Foundation. It’s thrilling to see a young person called to live a life of giving, and inspiring that he and his new foundation are guided by his deep Christian faith. We are proud to call him our own! ...

It’s ok to judge the action

Jolene Pietsch Minot According to Scripture: “pride or self-love as the beginning of every evil.” A person has every right and responsibility to judge the action of a person who is doing something which is contrary to natural law. Judging the actual action is different than judging ...

Wanted: teacher’s helper

Benjamin Ashley Parker Blackfoot, Idaho I am a elementary teacher in Idaho and I am in need of some help from North Dakota residents. I want to do a school project for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year with my class. I need a retired license plate from the Peace Garden State. If you have ...

Trash can conspriacy continued

Bob Ziegler Minot So the new trashcans will be delivered starting today? wow, how exciting. no vote on the issue, no discussion (except “we have decreed, you shut up”), not one of our “representatives” gives a care. What next? Must have the trash can on the curb no closer than ...