Opinion

In support of the economy

Community Columnists

The health and vitality of North Dakota's energy industry are essential to our state's economic future. The industry provides tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, has revitalized dozens of western communities, has generated new wealth and income for citizens and our state, and will continue ...

Measure 1 is about the soul of North Dakota

Community Columnists

Each year in nearly every part of the country, swaths of farmland are turned over as yet another family farm is pushed out by tightening profit margins, rigged markets and the ever-constricting power of a few corporations. In a year of falling farm prices, the fight to keep family farmers on ...

Look, up in the sky …

Editorials

What a joy it was to read in yesterday's Minot Daily News (and reprinted in its entirety today) about a group of young men who have earned their pilots licenses and have aviation in their future military and civilian. With so many people today expressing such meek ambitions and/or concerns ...

This, that and the other thing to combat drug abuse

Editorials

It would seem that many in North Dakota have finally come to the conclusion that addressing drug abuse will take more than a criminal justice approach and building more prisons.Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is including a multi-pronged strategy in his campaign for governor. It includes smart ...

Continuing effects of ACA

Editorials

Washington, D.C., might seem a very long way from Minot, and for many the Affordable Care Act ACA or Obamacare might seem more an academic than everyday concern, but the radical change in how healthcare is delivered around the country has had and will continue to have dramatic impact in ways ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: In between news

Editorials

We have discussed in this column already what makes up news, what a news entity looks for in terms of coverage and how news is chosen for pursuit, publication and placement. Additionally, we have briefly touched on the opinion page, op-eds, letters to the editor and columns.However, there are ...

Farmers Union deceiving voters on Measure 1

Letters to the Editor

Ray ZajacMantadorIt is my opinion that the ads that The Farmers Union are running in support of a "No" vote on Measure 1 are deceiving the citizens of North Dakota. The ads are implying that if a "Yes" vote passes, large out-of-state corporations are going to come into North Dakota and buy all ...

Thanks for supporting autism program

Letters to the Editor

Krystal ButgereitMinotThe Minot Family YMCA and Trinity Health Occupational Therapist Krystal Butgereit collaborated to create a program designed to teach children with Autism swimming skills. Autism is characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and ...

Islamic terrorists costing Middle East tourism dollars

Letters to the Editor

Ronald CarlsonBismarckThe headline read, "Tourists stay away, in big numbers, from Turkey." The article went on to say Russians used to come to the beaches but have stopped.Turkey "enjoyed" a 28 percent reduction in tourism month over same month last year. The suicide bombings and air planes ...

Protect ND farms from foreign investors

Letters to the Editor

Barry BorgValley CityIt was a Wednesday morning in May of 1998. We were checking in our load of feeder pigs in Sioux Falls.Our consignor asked us if we had bred back our sows. I said yes. He said, "Maybe not a good idea." I asked, how come? His answer was that it might get really ugly this ...

Common Core by another name

Letters to the Editor

Charles TuttleMinotIsn't it funny how progressives' use of words create a perfectly false narrative. Example: Planned Parenthood. What parenthood are we planing with a killing of a child? The Affordable Care Act not really affordable. It is probably the greatest onslaught of perfect deception ...

Measure 1 all about money and power

Letters to the Editor

Bob FinkenDouglasI am a fourth-generation North Dakota family farmer, writing in opposition to Measure 1. If passed, the measure will weaken our state's anti-corporate farming law by allowing corporations to own farmland and engage in production agriculture.Proponents say Measure 1 is necessary ...

Barney backs Wayne Stenehjem

Letters to the Editor

Chuck BarneyMinotThe citizens of Minot have a number of choices to make in the upcoming primary election. There are a number of contested ward races, the initiated measure to reduce the size of the city council, and the governor's race between Wayne Stenehjem and Doug Bergum.Those of you in ...

Today is National Trail Day

Editorials

Today is a special day for lovers of the outdoors and you are invited to participate.Today is National Trail Day in case you didn't already know.The designation is meant to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy physical activities such as walking and biking.When you think about it, ...

Minot voters have good options in election

Editorials

Tuesday night's Minot Daily News candidates forum illustrated a few things about the upcoming city election. First and foremost, the evening's program provided evidence that voters are going to have to make some hard choices between good candidates on June 14. Tuesday night, all the candidates ...

World War II veterans rightly remembered

Editorials

These days, the word "hero" gets thrown around a lot. Sometimes the term is applied to people whose actions would have been considered common kindness a generation ago. Sadly, some even apply the word to people like Edward Snowden and malcontents like Sean Penn.Sen. John Hoeven knows what real ...

Let’s not rush to dismiss new graduates

Editorials

Young people collectively face a lot of criticism these days. Millennials, in particular, are the target of endless abuse. Some is quite legitimate and worrisome narcissism, lack of basic knowledge of civics and history and poor socialization skills. Other concerns are less certain ...

Have a good Memorial Day

Editorials

It's always tough to wish people a Happy Memorial Day. After all, should a day dedicated to fallen warriors for the nation really be a "happy" occasion?Perhaps "solemn," "thoughtful," or even "sober" would make more literal sense, but those aren't likely to catch on.So then, taking the time to ...

Hopefully active shooter situations remain just drills

Editorials

For all the excitement that this week's active shooter drill at Burdick Job Corps delivered on TV and for some participants and neighbors, one can't help but hope and pray that it never happens for real in Minot.Drilling for such circumstances makes a lot of sense. It's good practice for ...