Opinion

Did Obama spy on Trump?

National Columnists

The question of whether former President Barack Obama actually spied on President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition has been tantalizing Washington since President Trump first made the allegation nearly two weeks ago. Since then, three investigations have been ...

State revenue forecasts aren’t going to get any easier

Editorials

As if coping with diminished revenue isn’t a challenge enough, North Dakota lawmakers must also operate in an environment in which revenue forecasts are less reliable than in the past. As detailed in Tuesday’s Minot Daily News, in an article from Mike Jacobs, the job of forecasting ...

Liberty is not for wimps

National Columnists

Most Americans, whether liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. We criticize our political leaders, but we must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of people who elected them to ...

The kids are making us look good

Editorials

Budget battles in Bismarck and talk of significant cuts ahead. Debate over funding for flood protection in the Minot area. Energy sector struggles and the impact on the local economy. These are just a few of the issues of concern this snowy March in the community. But while the chills keep ...

All is well at MSU

Community Columnists

In it’s March 12 editorial, the Minot Daily News commented positively about 17 outstanding students at Minot State University who will be awarded next month with the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” distinction. These students truly represent the best ...

How we have mastered North Dakota winters

Editorials

Spring is right around the corner. We keep hearing that. We keep saying that. Look around the corner, though, and you just might see another March storm barreling down on us. Somehow, though, it seems like North Dakotans have learned – dare we say “evolved” – into winter creatures. ...

Down the conspiracy rabbit hole

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies something, it’s denied.” Has there ever been a more dry, more wry, ...

Is a Korean missile crisis ahead?

National Columnists

To back up Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis’ warning last month, that the U.S. “remains steadfast in its commitment” to its allies, President Donald Trump is sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to Korea. Some 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 U.S. troops have begun their annual Foal Eagle ...

Good news in higher education

Editorials

There isn’t a lot of good news or joy coming from North Dakota’s public colleges and universities lately. From questions about graduation rates and performance to the economic viability at some sites and to the current state budget crunch, higher ed is in the spotlight and not frequently ...

Keeping up the fight for new B-52 engines in Minot

Community Columnists

The Air Force has been talking for decades about replacing the engines on our country’s B-52 bombers, and in recent months we’ve heard that the Air Force might be getting closer than in the past. Nothing’s certain yet, but it’s a priority I’ve long pushed for to support the B-52 ...

What will they think of next?

Letters to the Editor

Joan Y. Peterson Minot No, I am not less concerned about snowmelt runoff but rather more, as I have endured flooded basement “entertainment” in the past. There is so much snow, that I have just begun to see my trash containers seeking daylight. They have been buried in my husband’s ...

Slow news days in a small world

Editorials

One of the primal appeals of media is a sense of connectivity, a feeling that events of the day in one’s own community as well as those around the nation are of specific, personal interest to a journalist because we may be called on to report on them. Our work may make us need to have at ...

Vindictive casino proposal born of vengeance

Community Columnists

The proposal of House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, to launch six state-operated casinos is the most vindictive piece of legislation I have seen in 60 years of legislative tracking. While some folks may be deceived into thinking that this proposal is genuine, it is obviously a ...

Sincerly disgusted

Letters to the Editor

Jean Bjork Minot Currently we have the best trash service in the state. It’s not broke but the council will fix it anyway. Do the citizens of Minot get to vote on this? Of course not. Did they consider the narrow snow-filled alleys for this automated system? Of course not. Have ...

‘Fiddler’ was outstanding

Letters to the Editor

Rolf Kristian Stang New York City After seeing two remarkable performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, I left Minot on the 30th of January to return to New York. Having lived in New York City since 1968 I have seen many outstanding shows on Broadway. One of the ...

Trash the new garbage plan

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot Do the citizens of Minot realize what the City of Minot is going to do? After we have to pay for the garbage bins, and our garbage bill goes up, they are going to install a recycling bin as well. So instead of having one bin in front of our driveways, we will end up ...

We wear plaid

Letters to the Editor

Kris Cramer Bismarck I was sitting in the gallery of the chamber of the United States House of Representatives the night of President Trump’s speech – the night the Democrat women wore white. It was clear they were saying, “President Trump we don’t like you.” You should know ...

New BLM rule is federal overreach

Letters to the Editor

Mitchell Zebro Anoka New rules from the Bureau of Land Management should concern North Dakotans for the future our jobs, the state’s economy and our country’s energy security. Too often a one-size-fits-all approach is taken when policies and laws are put in place. The BLM has taken this ...