Letters to the Editor

A word of thanks

Dan and Aimee Wheeling Kenmare A ”SINCERE” thank you to all of the great who put a Combine Bee together for us after Dan’s accident. Thank you to the countless neighbors and nearby farmer’s who came in when they were busy themselves and sprayed and helped us take the crop ...

Lean in and be very transparent

Chris Baker Minot That was the overarching message at the City Council meeting. Much time was wasted bragging on lower mil levies. What a sad waste. Mil levies are immaterial, they are not fixed they are variable. Total bill divided by total assessed values gives the mil levy. What ...

It’s now up to Congress

Colleen Auer Former city attorney I was determined to identify and root out the corruption at the City. Through this process, I learned more about that corruption, the identities of several of the key players, the identities of co-conspirators who helped to perpetrate and to conceal that ...

Respect the will of the voters

Nathan Lee Minot I do not know where Andy Maragos is getting his information concerning the campaign of the endorsed District 3 Republican team. I have been part of that team from the beginning, and it is a grassroots campaign that has focused on the hard work of knocking on doors and ...

Maragos misrepresents election results

Wyatt Smith Minot It looks like Andy Maragos is once again counting on voters not paying attention. First, it appears he was counting on voters not paying attention to his liberal voting record prior to the June 12th primary election. He lost that election. Now, it appears he is ...

Urge Heitkamp to confirm Kavanaugh

Dick Walstad Fargo President Trump promised the American people during his 2016 campaign that he would appoint mainstream, highly qualified judges to the Supreme Court, and with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he is doing just that. The American Bar Association awarded Judge ...

North Dakota needs ACA

Dr. Kim Krohn Minot I have three adult children. One of our sons was treated for cancer at age 19, one was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 14, and one has a back condition that started in his 20’s and will likely haunt him in the future. They don’t sound very healthy, do ...

Health insurance at risk

Earl Pomeroy Mary Wakefield This week, in a Texas courtroom, lawyers were asking a federal judge to strike down the laws which extend insurance coverage to 47,000 North Dakotans and the restrictions on insurance companies preventing them from using preexisting health conditions against ...

A golden opportunity awaits

Dan Reinhard Minot Look at all the possibilities! Imagine fabricating a custom line of knee pads. With a treasured endorsement from the NIKE Corporation, you could add their logo and possibly sell upscale versions with a Colin Kaepernick’s autograph! Think of all the suffering that one ...

Heitkamp border security record is terrible

Bernard Olson Bottineau I am a retired Border Patrol Agent and I voted for Heidi Heitkamp, but I couldn’t do it again. Her previous job as the top law enforcement official in the state of ND made me think she would be right on crime. As someone whose family and I have over 100 years of ...

More local control needed in schools

Chris Baker Minot How much federal money is attached to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that our school district says prevents them from protecting the victims of bullies? The front page story of Friday, 24 August, demonstrates why we need to repurpose Central Campus to a ...

Open letter to Heidi and Kevin

Ida McCombs Towner For the last few months we have been hearing all your ads on the radio and TV. We are all getting a little tired of the same old same old stuff. If we are concerned with how you voted on bills in the years you have served in the Senate and Congress, we can look them up ...

Leave the village alone

Betty Voth Minot I am very unhappy with the decisions of the judge concerning that beautiful pioneer house on the fairgrounds. To move that would destroy the beauty of the building and Minot will be without another part of history. We have already spent thousands of dollars to relocate ...

Press is not the enemy

Hal Gershman Grand Forks I believe in a free press. I do not consider the press the enemy of the people. As a former president of the Grand Forks City Council, I never resented the scrutiny of the press. Almost always I found the press thoughtful and helpful. If the press disagreed ...

Republicans gave away too much oil revenue

Kenton Onstad Parshall In response to the recent article by Sen. Rich Wardner and Rep. Al Carlson “ Big Ideas, big results” they make what could have been “So Simple” very complicated. You cannot deny the Bakken oil play has been a huge benefit to the entire state of North Dakota. ...

Russians already here

Sen. Dick Dever Bismarck In a recent column, Lloyd Omdahl said the Russians are here, that they are bringing organizations to our state, recruiting North Dakotans, and using social media in support of Kevin Cramer. Without any evidence to back his claims up, it appeared to be pure ...

Fake news media attempting treasonous coup

Linda Blackston Marsh Bottineau The claim that the propaganda media are not the enemy of the people while actively trying to bring down an elected president runs from pure lies to all the way to treason. For one and a half years, the propaganda media has done everything in their power to ...

Trump has the right to criticize press

Phillip Weigel Minot I’ve kept quiet and merely rolled my eyes when I see people in the editorials on Sunday criticize the President, seeing the long letter on August 19th was enough for me to finally speak up. Yes, President Trump has every right to criticize the press, and no, ...

State Fair gets big bucks from city and county

Darel Harrington Minot The City of Minot’s Proposed Budget (Page 117) lists a payment of $242,257 to the ND State Fair for “All Seasons Arena Maintenance.” The Ward County Budget lists a $500,000 payment to the ND State Fair (listed under “other expenses” according to Debra at ...

Kavanaugh’s record poses threat to Native People’s rights and lifeways

Judge Kavanaugh’s views on voting rights and racial justice in America are extremely troubling - in light of the fact that right now Native voters in North Dakota are fighting for their voting rights in Brakebill v. Jaeger, which is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. As Native women leaders ...