Letters to the Editor

Tax reform needs to help farmers

Aaron Krauter Regent North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers are facing tough economic times right now – commodity prices are low, net farm incomes have dropped significantly and we are rebounding from a drought that impacted nearly every farmer and rancher in western North ...

Heitkamp abandons North Dakotans

Dawson Schefter Fargo I am disappointed by Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s decision to vote against historic tax relief legislation, and yet again ignore the best interests of North Dakotans. How can she come back to North Dakota and proclaim to have our best interests in mind, only to ...

Industrial hog operation threatens Devils Lake

Nancy Ferguson Mohall My name is Nancy (Perius) Ferguson and I vow to continue my opposition against the Grand Prairie Agriculture LLP/ Pipestone Systems proposed industrial hog operation near Devils Lake. I travel 150 miles (one way) each and every weekend in the spring, summer and fall ...

Hospice was there for us

Carol Lindekugel Minot During the last few weeks of my husband’s illness and passing, the Trinity hospice crew was here for us! I’d like to mention them by name, but afraid that I might forget one. God bless each of you for your compassion and care, I couldn’t have done it without ...

Bike trails keep us fit

Dan Reinhard Minot How could this happen! Those words jumped from my mouth as I stepped upon my new bathroom scale. Without fair warning, my body has been packing on the pounds with relative ease — no sufficient warning given — of the difficulty required to remove the excess ...

The rest of the quicklime story

Tina Olson Minot Let me state the information reported thus far regarding the quicklime bid for 2018 was missing vital information. Quicklime cannot be purchased locally. It has to be purchased from vendors out of state. The verbiage “Purchase Locally” is being misused. Quicklime is ...

Thanks to Patrice, more kids can now swim

Melissa Bliss Minot This past summer, Patrice Mitchell celebrated her Golden Anniversary – 50 years of providing swimming lessons to children and adults. To mark this momentous occasion, Patrice had T-shirts made, which she sold for $10 each, with the proceeds going to pay for ...

ND can be proud of saddle makers

Walter Piehl Minot Shawn Kramer (MDN 11-21-17) is perhaps the first Denbigh Kramer to distinguish himself as a great saddle maker. But as the son of Jack Kramer, one of North Dakota’s best bareback rodeo riders, Shawn, his brothers and their sons did and are continuing in the family ...

What’s going on at the Courthouse?

Ron Overly Prescott Valley, Ariz. After reading the Double Standard note by Jerome Gruenberg, I can’t help but ask myself, “what’s going on up there” at the Courthouse. All was going smoothly when I retired in 2012. My department never had any down time. Some say it’s none of my ...

The oil and gas industry in North Dakota has a lot to be thankful fo

Shane Bryans Westhope With oil prices now hovering between $55 and $60, we are finding price relief after the statistically worst downturn ever in history. Yet, in reality, it is hard to think of it as the worst, at least in our state because the state’s industry remains strong today and ...

Hens make practical pets

Sara Bloom Minot The growing number of cities welcoming hens to the backyard is proof that hens make great city pets. These friendly fowl are being invited to cities because they are quiet, gentle, affordable, educational, and entertaining. Hens are extremely practical too! They make ...

Restore the Educator Expense Deduction

Krissana Peterson Bismarck Governor Doug Burgum, Senator John Hoeven, Congressmen Kevin Cramer: As you know I am a teacher here in North Dakota. I work as a paraprofessional educator which isn’t a very high paying job, yet makes up for it in with the memories I make with the youth I ...

Buy local is no baloney

Val Stadick Minot Rob Port’s recent column titled “’Buy Local’ is Baloney,” raised many good points-albeit many false generalizations—a prime example being the very title of the column. The formula for each local transaction is complicated—in particular large transactions ...

Stop valuing winning over governing

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck In school, we are all taught how our government works. Congressional hearings are held to consider a bill’s effects. Experts are brought in and testimony is given so that all sides are heard from, and then the bill’s merits are debated. The more important the ...

A proven, Native-pioneered solution to improving dental access

Dr. Donald Warne Fargo November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of indigenous peoples in North Dakota and across the country. While there are numerous accomplishments to highlight, I want to focus on one that addresses a problem that significantly ...

Ask Kevin Cramer why

Ron Huff Bismarck Over 115,000 North Dakotans rely on Medicare. Yet Congressman Kevin Cramer recently voted for a Republican budget that includes a $453 billion cut to Medicare. The tax reform vote, also just supported by Cramer, will make that real. This means North Dakotans will lose ...

Thanks for your support

Christopher Bachmeier Des Lacs – Burlington Superintendent of Schools I would like to take a moment to thank all the voters of Des Lacs and Burlington for taking the time to vote on our referendum this past Tuesday. As the superintendent of this great school district, I was impressed by ...

Minot flood was man-made

Dan Reinhard Minot Look, I do not pretend to be an expert hydrologist, but I do have an opinion about our upcoming local flood prevention program. Every resident throughout the Souris River Basin was affected by the destructive deluge of the 2011 flood. Some residents lost homes and small ...

Veteran served his country and is still serving others one by one

Suzanne Henry Medora While we were in Minot recently we had lunch at Grizzly’s Grill N Saloon at the mall. The waiter informed us that an older gentleman at the bar would be paying for our lunch. We were surprised and told the waiter that we appreciated the gesture but we would pay for ...

Stop funding the UN

Judy Stahl Valley City Is President Trump’s recent announcement to pull out of the UN Paris Climate Treaty genuine? The UN continues to march toward global government via the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Agenda 2030’s environmental goals of which the Paris Climate ...