Opinion

Cut the city budget

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot So the City of Minot employees want a raise. I’m ok with that, but there are people that haven’t had a raise in 6 years. Their taxes keep going up and up and they aren’t getting a raise. What justifies a raise for the city employees? So does it mean that every ...

Magic Day of Giving a success

Letters to the Editor

Megan Laudenschlager Minot Just three short weeks ago, over 3,100 community members came together to give back to our community for the fourth annual Magic Day of Giving. With over 6,200 volunteer hours, participants were able to create chemotherapy care kits for individuals undergoing ...

Health Insurance Tax bad for business

Letters to the Editor

Kent Kirkhammer Minot Our company, NewKota, is a growing leader and innovator in our industry, providing service across all corners of the oil field. One thing NewKota prides itself on is our people. We currently employ just under 100 people with the hope of continued growth, especially ...

Adult Learning Centers victims of budget cuts

Editorials

It sounds so simple sometimes. Not enough money in the state’s coffers? Make some cuts, we’ll get by. We all know it must be done at times. Just look at what our state universities have gone through when leaner times came. In Minot there is a more silent example of how people are ...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Community Columnists

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to refresh your knowledge of the disease. As more research is done and advancements are made, it can be difficult to determine the latest and most trusted information on breast cancer. Take the time to learn some common myths and facts ...

Suicide prevention would save more lives than gun control

Community Columnists

Whenever there is a high-profile tragedy involving firearms, the national debate turns to gun control. That debate includes a lot statistics about gun deaths, but here’s one statistic you probably didn’t realize: Most gun deaths in America are suicides. According to a report from the ...

We brought this one on ourselves

Editorials

If a farmer living near Mott or New England walks out his front door on the opening day of pheasant season and drops a couple of roosters on the way to the mail box, we’d be hard pressed to say he was out hunting. True, he’d have to be properly licensed, follow all of the other rules for ...

That helpless, hopeless feeling

National Columnists

Horrific, sickening and tragic are just a few of the words I’ve heard used to describe the news from Las Vegas. But none of them really capture the reality that such acts are utterly beyond comprehension. As I write this, official sources are still looking for a motive, but no rational motive ...

Defining evil

National Columnists

Responding to the recent Las Vegas concert shooting that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds more, President Trump described the act as one “of pure evil.” One definition of “evil” sounds so inadequate in today’s culture: “morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil ...

Let’s talk frankly about personal security

Editorials

Whether on the national front with discussion of issues arising from the tragedy in Las Vegas, or on the local front with enhanced measures in Minot schools, security is on many people’s minds. How does one achieve entire security; how do government and other institutions provide complete ...

We need fallacy control now!

National Columnists

Enough is enough. It’s epidemic. It’s dangerous. And the time has come to demand its end. In the aftermath of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas, America needs fallacy control. Yes, we must declare war on fallaciousness. Now more than ever, the nation is suffering from an outbreak of ...

Get out of the way

National Columnists

The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do? Give us lots of money, say many. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, demanded $150 billion — just for Texas. So far, Congress has agreed to $15 billion in hurricane relief. But more will come. Few Americans ...

Not now, but a middle ground on gun control is possible

Editorials

There are plenty of reactions to this week’s spree killing in Las Vegas – most perfectly rational and natural in the wake of such a horror. One reaction, loudly proclaimed in the media, is the eternal cry for gun control; the continued advancement of the fantasy that making laws against ...

Blacks vs. Police

National Columnists

Let’s throw out a few numbers so we can put in perspective the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Many say they are protesting against police treatment of blacks and racial discrimination. We might ask just how much sense their protest makes. According to ...

What to do in the face of atrocity?

Editorials

Powerless. Angry. Confused. Sad. Then, even more angry. How does one respond to the atrocity of something like that which took place in Las Vegas on the evening of Oct. 1? There is numb, disbelieving. There is hostile, armed with the desire to strike out. The problem is guns, or the ...

Unnecessary roughness

National Columnists

If you like professional sports, a major reason -- perhaps THE reason -- you attend games, or watch them on TV, is that it helps you escape from whatever occupies your mind the rest of the week. You certainly don't want the issues of the day encroaching on your enjoyment. The recent exchange ...

Trump’s tax reform pipedream

National Columnists

President Trump's pivot from failed health care repeal to ambitious tax code reform promises to be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. The long and futile effort to drive a stake into the heart of Obamacare ultimately was a political misreading of the public's view of the law. ...