Letters to the Editor

Are you kidding me?

Nancy Bommelman Minot Are you kidding me right now? The legislators wants to be reimbursed for feeding their faces, but they won’t reimburse the teachers for school supplies? SHAME ON THEM!!! I know a lot of teachers that take THEIR OWN MONEY and buy school supplies for their ...

Time to update

Casey Buchmann Washburn Hey legislators, it is the 21st century. Six years ago, our Capitol received an electronic upgrade in audio and video. Many if not all the committee rooms at the Capitol either have the ability for real time audio or real time video. It’s sad that as a ...

Upping taxes will stifle oil producition

Jeff Kummer Watford City The Democrat legislation to increase oil taxes impacts more than the out-of-state companies they tout. Their move negatively affects North Dakota royalty owners and their families. Royalty owners are most often landowners that have passed down their mineral ...

Where’s the beef plant?

Barry Borg Valley City Have you ever wondered why our state is the only state with a state-owned bank and a flour mill? Back in the early 1900s, farmers were at the mercy of Minneapolis millers and bankers. Farm prices were very low and banks were foreclosing on farmers at a very high rate. ...

Bring your own bag

Heidi Super Minot In December I had the pleasure of attending an impromptu get-together with charter members of Friends of the Souris River and a few additional like-minded Minot citizens. Although we are an informal group, I was reassured and re-energized by the focus of the meeting – ...

TR: America’s Winston Churchill

Rich Karlgaard Publisher, Forbes Magazine I was born and raised in Bismarck and attended its great public schools, including Bismarck State College. In my 27-year career at Forbes Magazine and as a keynote speaker, I have traveled the world and visited all 50 states. I never miss the ...

It’s an invasion

Larry Miller Valley City When the first wave of migrants heading north from Central America to the USA was described as an “invasion,” leftists went into hysterics over the word “invasion.” They insisted it was just a “caravan” of asylum seekers. Ever eager to promote the ...

Abortion law

Dan Reinhard Minot When I first heard of the trimester abortion law that New York State passed, I found myself in complete disbelief. And later in the week, when the Commonwealth of Virginia was also considering legislation to allow abortions up to the moment of birth left me mortified. ...

Celebrating gone wrong

Karen Gumke Jamestown It was with utter horror and dismay that I listened to raucous enthusiasm, cheering and clapping as the New York legislature celebrated the most depraved, incomprehensible abortion law passed to date in our nation. It was one more shattering blow leveled at the most ...

Don’t punish academic achievement

Liam Thrailkill Grand Forks My name is Liam Thrailkill and I am a graduate student at the University of North Dakota, where I am completing my MPA this semester. I have received the North Dakota Academic Scholarship since my freshman year of college beginning in the Fall of 2015, and ...

What to do with MSU?

Andrew Varvel Bismarck Representative Louser has submitted House Concurrent Resolution 3021, a study resolution that recommends “that the Legislative Management consider studying the feasibility and desirability of privatizing Minot State University” and two other public colleges. If ...

White boys, racist hats

Bob Ziegler Minot So, a bunch of white boys, wearing racist hats, are taunted by some blacks. In retaliation, the white boys, whose school mascot is an Indian, (so of course they respect and tolerate other races) begin chanting and mockingly dancing, which upsets the elders, all because the ...

Is true journalism dead?

Craig Argabright Minot Is true journalism dead? Where are the journalists that search the news, follow up, and answer the questions, who, what, where, when, and why? Where are the journalists that would research the topic and then report the complete truth rather than take a bit out ...

Reject USMCA

Rose Chrsitensen Rogers Are we Americans gullible enough to believe that the new USMCA (United States Mexico Canada Agreement) promotes FREE TRADE when it consists of an 1809 page, 8 inch tall stack of rules and regulation for appointed, international bureaucrats to administer? Does all ...

Operation Prairie Dog is good for all of ND

Jeffrey Skaare Dickinson As a life-long North Dakotan and a parent of two children, I hope that all North Dakotans support House Bill 1066, which reinvests oil taxes in western North Dakota and funds infrastructure across the state. The North Dakota Legislature has made significant ...

No fan of roundabouts

Joan Peterson Minot Have I ever driven through a roundabout intersection? No, I wasn’t able to drive through, but rather round and round and round until I was in total exasperation as it was evening and I could not find my cousin’s street. I experimented by taking a street to see if ...

No new taxes

Robert Hale Minot In 2012, Measure 2, an initiated measure to constitutionally abolish property taxes in North Dakota, was soundly defeated by North Dakota voters. Opponents of the measure, lead by state legislators, acknowledged that property taxes were woefully out of control and needed ...

No trespass/ no hunting bad idea

Dick Monson Barnes County In every session of the ND Legislature a No Trespass/No Hunting bill comes forward from a few people. Thankfully it has always been soundly defeated in the Legislature as a bill that is a perennial bad idea. Our current recreational access law allows ...

On collective bargaining

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck Law enforcement and firefighters have a difficult, dangerous and necessary job in this state, and most North Dakotans fully support them and appreciate what they do. Every one of our public officials wants to be seen as pro-law enforcement, pro-firefighter and ...

Thanks to Olson

Kathy McGhan Bottineau Thank you to retired Deputy Patrol Agent Bernard Olson of Bottineau for his letter to the editor sharing first-hand experiences at our southern border. Our border agents are the people politicians should be in conversation with regarding the problems encountered at ...