Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Tax cuts now at risk

Tanner Preskey Minot Well, it’s finally over. After nearly 6 months of listening and watching political ads. The midterm election has come to an end. And unlike the 2016 election, the results came in pretty much as expected. The Democrats won back control of the House while the ...

Why is the environment not the top priority?

Norton Lovold Bismarck I find it incredible that we fight over social issues and economic issues when our very survival is at stake. If we continue to support the Republican Party who have basically fought against any kind of environmental processes that will save this earth, we do so at ...

Thank you ND Legislature

Jo Marie Nelson Culbertson, Mont. Nearly 45 years ago, my dad was called to Williston to work for a land and title company while my mother took over management of their abstract company in Benson County. Four years later our family moved to Williston. In his work, he purchased mineral ...

A vote to save Halloween

Dan Reinhard Minot There were many nights as a child that I went to bed without supper. Had it not been for the extra helpings that Mrs. Jannetti always gave me at the school cafeteria, who knows what might have happened. There were more than one Christmas where I found very few packages ...

Give vets their due

Max Zurcher Minot Veteran’s Day, 11 November 2018 marks the centennial year of WWI, the war to end all wars. Then came WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq War and Afghanistan. Our veterans have fought courageously and have earned many Medals of Honor for their bravery in combat. The ...