Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Pursuing Higher Ed Reform in ND

Jake Blum Grand Forks Over the past few weeks, there has been much discussion over the ideas coming from Governor Burgum’s Higher Ed Task Force. The main idea being discussed is whether or not the unitary State Board of Higher Education (Board) should be divided into multiple boards ...

Initiated measures a flawed system

Dan Reinhard Minot Well, the elections must be over, Broward County in Florida is no longer counting lost ballots! Our election is over and congratulations to the winners and my respect to those that didn’t fare as well. Our system of government works despite some problems that were ...

Proud no more

Clay Rein Minot First of all I would like to thank the editor for the opportunity for me to write this letter. I served as deputy Ward County auditor for 30 years. I never forgot who played me and why. I tried to serve the people of Ward County with dignity and grace. It was a privilege for ...

Shame and stigma follow drug abuse

Mitzie Nay Minot My name is Mitzie Nay and I am the mother of a son lost to a mixture of heroin and methamphetamine poisoning. Substance use disorder (SUD) is a disease that rips families apart, whether physically, emotionally or both. Addiction is the most severe form of SUD and something ...

What is so complicated?

Bob Ziegler Minot So the city should be charged with false imprisonment because of an ill-planned, cheaply built, unwanted, unneeded parking ramp. The poor patron was terrified for 90 minutes, the fire department couldn’t find a key, and the cops had other things to do. Good thing she ...

WSI created drug addicts

Marie Landsberger Bismarck The governor of ND oversees Workforce Safety Insurance. His wife travels all over ND and occasionally other parts of the country speaking of the dangers and addictions of opioids. In our experience, with a permanent work injury WSI will give you an FCA to set ...

Found a new home

DJ Rice Williston I’ve lived in other parts of the country, working to make a living and find my way in life. When I came to North Dakota seven years ago, I was hopeful and willing to give the oilfield life a chance to better myself and my family. What I found was more than I ...

27,000 reasons to head south

Keith Cochrane Minot So, if I have this correct, $27,000 (approximately) will be spent to make the Third Street crosswalk safer. Ninety percent of that $27,000 is said to possibly come from the Highway Safety Improvement Program through a grant. That being all well and good, but isn’t ...

Cramer endorsement went too far

Martha Misuraca Minot I’m outraged at the political campaigning the Minot Daily News did for Kevin Cramer immediately before the election. It makes one think you might have been paid for the endorsement by the Cramer campaign, or a wealthy supporter, to allot such a large portion of ...

Bellew responds

Larry Bellew Minot This letter is in response to the MDN Opinion article dated October 25, 2018. You claim that a press conference that myself and my associates held was political grandstanding. It was not. I am introducing these bills so that the people, whom we represent, have a say in ...

To those who voted for Measure 3

Shane McLoughlin Minot My many thanks to all who voted in this last election. It is a right, and even more than that, to vote is a responsibility as well as an opportunity to honor our nation’s founding fathers, our war veterans and our military personnel for their efforts and sacrifices ...

Was it really worth it?

Craig Argabright Minot The election is now over, and we have a new junior “Senator elect,” Kevin Cramer. Congratulations to you Kevin. My question is to Kevin’s opponent, Heidi Heitkamp. Now that you were unsuccessful in your bid for re-election, do you have any shame as to ...