Letters to the Editor

Basic care for ND veterans in peril

Manda Patterson Enderlin On Sept. 8, 2018, the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, North Dakota will be celebrating 125 years, a wonderful achievement of which we can all be proud. The new facility opened in May of 2011 and is a beautiful, state of the art home. I strongly encourage ...

SNAP in the Farm Bill helps our neighbors at survive

Vicki Schmidt Peter Schmidt West Fargo Congress has an important opportunity to support our farmers and people who eat through the Farm Bill, an important piece of legislation across North Dakota. Among the many things the Farm Bill does is fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

Absolutely Not!

Joan Peterson Minot Attaching the adjective “recreational” seduces the reader into thinking “it must be okay” since recreation normally signifies gardening, walking, reading, or tennis, bowling, golf, etc. Those who introduced marijuana did so by the word “medical” and now we ...

Incomes can’t support tax increases

Dan Reinhard Minot So where do we go from here? There is a prayer entitled “Negativity” that one can recite when negative feelings have captured one’s thoughts. There is on the other hand reality – the acceptance of truth with an honest appraisal of any given situation. If a ...

Governor – It is workforce not UND and NDSU

Tom Seymour West Fargo Governor Burgum is spending many hours working with his Higher Education Governance Committee and missing the target. The result of the committee should not be a better governance system for UND and NDSU; it should be a more educated workforce for North ...

One soldier’s view

Brandon Delvo Jamestown Ever since I was a little kid I knew that I wanted to be a soldier. I remember spending summers on the farm and seeing my grandpa’s old Ike-Jacket in the closet and asking him questions about his time during the war. He would also take me to the local nursing home ...

Goal for veterans’ wreaths tripled

Richard Reuer Minot On this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, I was setting at my breakfast table reading the Minot Daily News and came across a letter to the editor from Nancy Bommelman about the many that helped in purchasing 550 rebar crosses to place wreaths on for veterans lying in Section 16 of ...

Not happy with state fair

Dan Caswell Minot “North Dakota State Fair” - Just WHO are they trying to kid with that name anyway? Really. If it WERE the North Dakota “STATE” Fair, would not the people of the State have some say or control over it? It is NOT a North Dakota State Fair but a tightly held ...

Answers needed from State Fair Board

Sharon Reistad Minot After hearing the verdict from the judge I wanted to say she did her job. According to a friend of mine on the society board the lawsuit was to determine who owns the land the Pioneer Village is on and the judge did just that. She also stated that according to the ...

National Defense Authorization Act crucial to ND

Alan Palmer Brigadier General, ND Air National Guard (retired) This past May, Representative Kevin Cramer helped support the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill gives the military $708.1 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year. It also provides the ...

Bullying: a perspective

Mike Burckhard Minot There is so much being talked and written about the harmful effects of child, adolescent, and adult bullying. There are also many good proposals being suggested and programs on character development being implemented across the country to reduce bullying and help ...

One Issue voters

Norton Lovold Bismarck I continue to be surprised by the arguments of voters who use abortion as their one issue to debate why they go with one party of the other. Abortion has always been an option for women, from the beginning of time, either safe or unsafe. If a woman has the means, ...

A big thank you

Nancy Bommelman Minot Today is August 6th 2018 when I write this letter. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people: Mike Christiansen from Pizza Ranch, Mike and Sheila Hayes from Four Seasons Construction, Mowbray’s, Ray Bruce, Jermy Simmons, Roberta Dodson, ...

Your suggestions are welcome

Lianne Zeltinger Minot Well, it is budget time once again. I attended a budget meeting presented by City Manager Tom Barry last week. I learned many things, but will share only a couple. Did you know that in 2005 our mill levy was 126.52. And, each subsequent year reductions were approved ...

Booming economy hard to ignore

Rep. Jeff Magrum Hazelton The unemployment rate hit a near 50-year low in May. In June, 213,000 jobs were added to the economy. And just the other week, GDP growth reached 4.1 percent, a level not seen in over four years. The surge in economic advancement is not a random occurrence but is ...

Who is going to bail me out?

Keith Monilaws Absaraka North Dakota farmers and a lot of the general public were very mad and upset about the Affordable Health Care Act that was using tax dollars to help people that could not afford insurance premiums. They sent people to Washington to voice their concerns and voted over ...

Move museum to Burlington

M L Berg Minot Now that it seems that the handwriting is on the wall for the Ward County Historical Society in its tussle with the State Fair Board, it might be time to consider whether or not it is feasible for the Historical Society to move out to Burlington. When I belonged to the ...

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. ...