Opinion

Not all crime victims are obvious

Editorials

Most people can identify the most obvious victims of crimes. They are the ones with whom we sympathize when we read the story about a crime having taken place in our community. They are the victim of an assault, of abuse, of fraud, etc. Often we view them in relation to a perpetrator – there ...

Comey & The Saturday Night Massacre

National Columnists

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Yet, the ...

Sheer lunacy on campus

National Columnists

Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are ...

Good seasonal advice from Game and Fish

Editorials

About this time every year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department issues a warning not to assist baby animals you might think are in distress. Generally all is well and mom is lurking nearby waiting for you to leave. It’s in our nature to try help Mother Nature, but this is a warning ...

Why I voted to help stop wasting ND’s energy resources

Community Columnists

When North Dakota is blessed with natural resources like oil, gas, coal, and wind, the last thing we want to do is waste them. That’s why I voted against overturning a federal rule that will help limit methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells on public or tribal land - resources ...

The real constitutional crisis

National Columnists

President Trump firing James Comey as Director of the FBI is not a constitutional crisis. The president has the power to do so, and any new director must be confirmed by the Senate. The interim Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, is highly regarded by both sides of the aisle as a competent ...

Minot State University must find a way to survive

Editorials

They knew it was coming; we knew it was coming. Still, when Minot State University announced last week the extent of the cuts to be made based on reduced funding – well, it was painful. For some more than others, to be sure. MSU President Steve Shirley put the cuts in the proper ...

Our ‘moderate-Democrat’ experiment has failed

Community Columnists

In 2012, Heidi Heitkamp ran as a practical, results-based politician who would step across party lines whenever it would serve North Dakota. She has proved it as nothing more than an empty campaign promise, or a blatant lie. We can go into mundane voting records where she votes routinely ...

Governor stands up to legislative power grab

Community Columnists

In a sweeping display of executive authority, Governor Doug Burgum peeled off a series of vetoes at the end of the recent legislative session in which he defended the integrity of the executive branch against the chronic encroachment by the legislative branch. Perhaps in his general studies, ...

A season for optimism

Editorials

Graduation season is upon us and signs are everywhere – in traditional media, in social media and with photos shared by friends and family. It’s a season for endings, for beginnings, for farewells and for bon voyages. It’s a season for renewed hope, for optimism in a day in which for ...

Honest truthful discussion about health care

Community Columnists

With the recent passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, it is important to have an honest and truthful discussion regarding what the AHCA is and what it is not. But before we get into that, what does the health insurance marketplace look like in North ...

DAPL and the Great American Energy Renaissance

Letters to the Editor

Thomas Williamson Minot Today, Sunday, May 14th, marks the first day oil will flow through the much maligned Dakota Access Pipeline. It is a milestone on many fronts. Yet again North Dakota is setting the benchmark for responsible energy development in our country. It has been in our own ...

What comes of leads from readers

Editorials

One of the upbeat trends around the Minot Daily News newsroom is that this year, we are hearing more from readers than past years. There aren’t any metrics, but it is pretty obvious to me from reading more letters and emails and having a daily call list that stretches beyond hours in a day. ...

Appreciates national investigative journalism

Letters to the Editor

Henry Lebak Bismarck I feel that both America’s freedom of speech and freedom of press, guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, is in danger of being taken away by President Trump because he now controls the appointments of the FCC ...

Former marshal supports Wrigley

Letters to the Editor

Dave Carpenter Moffit Drew Wrigley U.S. Attorney, has a familiar ring to it. It is a phrase I used often during the administration of President George W. Bush. I was the U.S. Marshal for the District of North Dakota for eight years and worked closely with Drew Wrigley and his staff during ...

MPS, put values first before pocketbook

Letters to the Editor

Ken Story Fargo I had some of the worst times of my life and some of the best times of my life in the Minot Public School System. I struggled with academics, struggled with my identity, and experienced a pretty nasty divorce between my parents. On the positive side, I made lifelong ...

Whole new local government needed

Letters to the Editor

Don Kinney Minot Ward County Sheriff retirement was in the latest County Commission minutes. Before someone says it was a typo I think that if the word was there a retirement plan was given. So the Sheriff gets full pay while awaiting trail and $75,000 not to sue the County. Maybe not to ...

Cramer not ducking questions on his health care vote

Editorials

Whether you are a fan of the American Health Care Act or not, you have to hand it to Congressman Kevin Cramer for having the courage and the patience to explain the bill to voters back home. In person. Other members of Congress have taken considerable heat from constituents since the ...