Letters to the Editor

Fair is fair

Chris Baker Minot This is a no-brainer! The property value for city purchase or eminent domain is the appraised value you have agreed to when you paid your tax bill. We should pay no more than 10% over that value. In fact it should be routine that, upon change in ownership (or responsible ...

Ashamed of State Fair

James Cron Flaxton In regards to your piece, “Pioneer Village dispute was never going to end well”, I have to agree. As a North Dakota citizen, as well as a native, but not of Ward County, I am ashamed of the actions of the NDSF. The Historical Village, while a guest, seemed always ...

Who will stand up to Trump?

As one who tends to think out loud more and more in my advanced years, I was stung a bit by the answer to the CRYPTOQUOTE puzzle in the August 6 paper: WHEN YOU HAVE SPOKEN THE WORD, IT REIGNS OVER YOU. WHEN IT IS UNSPOKEN YOU REIGN OVER IT. Or, in fewer words, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. ...

Another suggested location for museum

Jeff Fox Minot In a news story this week, MDN reported that the North Dakota State Fair and the Ward County Historical Society got a bit of a mixed opinion in regards to the museum space on the grounds of the NDSF. The society has stated that they don’t think very highly of the land that ...

The Busy Bakken

Tom Rolfstad Williston Today we’re busier in the Bakken than most people think. In May, the North Dakota oil and gas industry set a new production record, hitting 1.244 million barrels of oil per day (bopd). In eighteen months, production has grown by more than 300,000 bopd, from ...

We are becoming more cruel

Each day brings a new horror. Children in cages, separated from their mothers. Nuclear threats for no reason other than distraction. Befriending murderous dictators while tearing down friends who have fought for freedom and democracy by our side in two World Wars and many other conflicts. ...

Support suicide walk

Grace Brown Rolette Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in this country. It touches millions of lives—people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds—but the research is clear: suicide is preventable, and the more people who stand up for suicide prevention and mental health, ...

More clout with split delegation

Jon Mielke Bismarck The power of a U.S. senator comes with seniority and being a member of the party in power. A non-majority senator can also garner power if the majority’s margin is thin, like it is now. A state generates the most perpetual power by having one senator from each ...

Calculating property values

Chris Baker Minot This is a no-brainer! The property value for city purchase or eminent domain is the appraised value you have agreed to when you paid your tax bill. We should pay no more than 10% over that value. In fact it should be routine that, upon change in ownership (or ...

Farm bill impacts everyone

Lisa K. Dullum West Fargo SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps, is the front line defense against hunger and food insecurity and is part of the Farm Bill. At this time, the Senate and the House of Representatives each have passed a different ...

An open letter to North Dakota Senator John Hoeven:

Matt Gerszewski, Minot First of all, thank you for your service in the Senate. You were a solid governor of good mind and character, and fairly commonsense, moderate ideology, and you deserved a shot in D.C. I’m asking you to draw upon that mind, character and moderate inclination and seek ...

Is this not treason?

Brad Mills,Jamestown On July 16th 2018, the President of the United States stood next to the lying murderous thug Russian president Vladimir Putin and took his side over our own country after 12 Russian operatives were indicted last week by American officials for illegal activities intended ...

Red-letter day for MDR

Bob Ziegler, Minot Unreal! An anti-Trump cartoon in the Minot Daily Republican. Not overly anti, but showing him tripping on a rock titled “NATO” was not pro-Trump. Never thought I’d see the day. Now, if you can label him the sociopath that he is, and stop photo shopping the 666 off ...

Schumer cohorts deceiving ND voters

Roscoe Streyle, Minot The Senate Majority PAC recently released a TV advertisement against Kevin Cramer. Within the ad, Kevin is allegedly supported cutting Social Security and Medicare in order to pay for the new Republican tax plan. A fact check by Valley News Live, however, revealed this ...

Time to bring Heitkamp home

Dan Eberhart, Watford City Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently touted her support for North Dakota’s energy industry, boldly declaring she led the fight to repeal the oil export ban in 2015. Led the fight? First, understand that Heitkamp ultimately was a cosponsor of legislation written by ...

Try a little kindness

Lloyd Kvam, Minot In order to survive in this complicated world, one must learn to draw from his experiences. There are four basic reasons that propel us to live our lives the way we do. LOVE SPIRITUALITY FORGIVENESS PURPOSE Without the above playing a role in our lives, there ...

Pro-choice is not pro-abortion

Jim Lein, Minot When it comes to reducing the rate of abortions, the evidence shows that governmental nutrition, health and financial supports for pregnant women, birthing women, nursing women, and working mothers significantly reduces the rate of abortion. The legality or illegality of ...

No Scandimonium for us

Marie Carlson Minot We were delighted when we learned ventriloquist Darcy Lynn would be at the Hostfest. What a wonderful opportunity for us to take our six N.D. granddaughters to her delightful show. The anticipated date of ticket sales arrived, followed by shock, disappointment, and ...

MAGIC money for school safety

Richard Pardon Minot School safety and student discipline for the Minot Public Schools students and staff should be a top priority. In my opinion we need no less than 9 resource officers to protect and detour potential threats – 2 for each of the large schools (Magic City Campus, ...

Teachers should accept offer

Patsy Bergan Minot I would like to make a comment to the teachers that are unhappy with the way the salary negotiating has gone. The teachers have apparently gotten a salary increase for the last nine years. For myself and all state employees, we did not get a raise last year and will not ...