Opinion

Native Americans used as pawns

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot Though recently passed away and may she rest in peace, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno made a very demonstrative decision to use armed force in February through April 1993 in response to a crisis in Waco Texas, where David Koresh believed he was the final prophet and ...

Pets and all animals have a role in Christmas

Editorials

The Bible and various Christmas standards tell us that animals of all kinds were present at the first Christmas, so it is incumbent upon all of us to remember creatures great and small at this time of year. That is especially important this December considering the dangerous wind chills that ...

President’s politics costing Minot taxpayers

Editorials

Usually it’s local or state political machinations that cost local taxpayers money, as we pay for posturing or infighting. More often than not, it is also local, regional and state governments that have a direct impact on our wallets overall. Lately and today, though, it is the president of ...

United Way support is vital, regardless of scale

Editorials

This week’s revelation from the Souris Valley United Way that its annual fundraising campaign was running behind its goal is disturbing. “Disturbing,” that is, because of the vital partners and programs that the SVUW supports. From childhood literacy to feeding kids in need to helping ...

Best wishes for new city manager

Editorials

Heralding a new era for Minot, Tom Barry began this week as city manager. Barry is busy meeting with city staff and catching up to speed on the city’s major issues. Barry brings a wealth of experience – diverse experience even – to the position as well as obvious intellect and energy. ...

Strong fire codes in Minot save lives

Editorials

The tragic warehouse fire in Oakland demonstrates why it is important for cities of any size to have strong fire codes and vigilant monitoring efforts to make sure codes are met. Count fire codes among those areas in which Minot is in line with modern policy and sensibilities. Although we ...

Attacks on police should be of greater concern in ND

Editorials

Time and time again history has proven that North Dakota, the forgotten state north of South Dakota, is not immune from the ills that afflict the rest of the country. That is why the growing number of attacks on police around the country should be of great concern here. Granted, the ...

Need for security reflects new reality

Editorials

Ward County’s quest to improve security at its administrative building in Minot is entirely reasonable and searching for the most effective way to do so makes all the sense in the world. At the same time, it’s somewhat sad that we, as a society, have gotten to the point where this has to ...

Slanted news harms us all

Letters to the Editor

Dennis Hoff Minot I was just watching a local newscast today and heard the newscaster put something that sounded like a personal opinion into the story. The story was about Donald Trump being Time magazine’s person of the year. I began looking at the other news stories of the day and I ...

EDITOR’s NOTEBOOK: How things work: circulation

Editorials

Last week’s blizzard threw Minot a curve ball, that was certainly the case at Minot Daily News and specifically when it came to delivery of the newspaper. So, it seems like a good occasion to discuss a little about how delivery of the newspaper happens. As I have written about before, ...

God didn’t pick Trump for president

Letters to the Editor

Brad Mills Jamestown I would like to address a few things in regard to my previous letter from Nov. 20th and the responses to it. First, the term “so-called Christians” is a reference to self-righteous hypocrites who claim to be Christians but do not practice what they try to shove ...

Pipeline delay perpetuates rumor mill

Editorials

The decision of the Corps of Engineers to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline serves no one well. The decision does nothing but provide false hope to the Standing Rock Sioux, increases community polarization and perpetuates a destructive rumor mill. The handwriting is clearly on ...

Flood home buyout program is cronyism

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot Crony capitalism is defined as an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. Examples would be favoritism in the issuing of permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state ...

In response to Mayor Barney

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot I would like to respond to Chuck’s letter last Sunday. First I would like to thank him for writing the letter, 2nd I would like to say I have NEVER said that the city employees don’t have insurance. I said the police and the firemen only get SOME of their insurance ...

Gave thanks for law enforcement this year

Letters to the Editor

Julie Ellingson Bismarck As our family gathers together for the Thanksgiving holiday today, we will be counting the many blessings we have been given throughout the year. Among them: the many dedicated and selfless law enforcement officers from around the state and nation who have worked ...

Seattle media company fueling the pipeline protest

Letters to the Editor

Scott Hennen Fargo It’s been more than three months, and the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters who claim to be defending tribal lands and water have only escalated their tactics in Morton County, N.D. Between setting fires that have made a bridge impassable, throwing Molotov ...

Don’t abolish Electoral College

Letters to the Editor

Duane Stahl Valley City Following each presidential contest are cries for election by popular vote. Should we eliminate the electoral college? 1. What if a candidate had to receive a majority of nationwide votes? If, as usual, each candidate received less than +50%, would we have a ...

Use the damn ramps

Letters to the Editor

Valeri Stadick Minot This letter is in response to recent letter(s) to the editor complaining about our city government, our parking ramp snafu, and anything else that has gone wrong in our community the last 10 to 200 years. I understand the parking ramp complaint. If anything and ...

Consider supporting Youth for Christ this holiday season

Editorials

One of the many worthy causes in the Minot region put out a call for help this week. Minot’s Youth for Christ is seeking donations so it can carry on, now and in the coming year. About 75 kids per week take part in the organization’s activities at “The Rock,” 318 5th Avenue ...

Legislature will be more interesting than expected

Editorials

With belt-tightening the dominant theme of the upcoming legislative session in Bismarck and one party dominance, one might have expected that there would be near-unanimity throughout. However, given Minot area legislators’ somewhat different takes on outgoing Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s ...