Opinion

Hospice was there for us

Letters to the Editor

Carol Lindekugel Minot During the last few weeks of my husband’s illness and passing, the Trinity hospice crew was here for us! I’d like to mention them by name, but afraid that I might forget one. God bless each of you for your compassion and care, I couldn’t have done it without ...

Bike trails keep us fit

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot How could this happen! Those words jumped from my mouth as I stepped upon my new bathroom scale. Without fair warning, my body has been packing on the pounds with relative ease — no sufficient warning given — of the difficulty required to remove the excess ...

Christianity struggles in the public square

Community Columnists

"We must divide the children of Adam into two classes; the first belong to the kingdom of God, the second to the kingdom of the world,” Martin Luther observed in his treatise on secular authority. With this declaration, Luther was a forerunner to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson who won ...

Porch pirates should walk the plank

Editorials

As if holiday shoppers don’t have enough worries on their minds – finding the right gifts, not overspending the budget, shopping local – they now have real trouble to look out for. Minot Police report that delivered packages are being stolen from people’s front doors, and the culprit ...

I hate The New York Times

National Columnists

My hometown paper drives me crazy. I read The New York Times because it often has good coverage. The newspaper pays to send reporters to dangerous places all around the world. This weekend, the Times Magazine did a surprisingly fair profile of Sean Hannity, although they chose photos ...

May Home Sweet Home find a new home in Minot

Editorials

It is good news to see the City of Minot reach buyout agreements with unique retailer Home Sweet Home and Open Gate Church. It will be up to the members and supporters of Open Gate Church to determine its future. The future of Home Sweet Home is more complex. Because Home Sweet Home is an ...

A man’s handy guide to avoid sex harassment

Community Columnists

Some men claim to be nervous because of all the male entertainment and media titans who’ve been fired in recent weeks over sexual harassment allegations. “What can we even do anymore?” they wail. “I’m afraid to compliment a woman at the office because she might take it the wrong way ...

City right to pull plug on failed projects

Editorials

It wasn’t all that long ago that development was rampant in the Minot area and the question was whether or not there would be adequate infrastructure to support the new development. Obviously those days are behind us. The majority of entire subdivisions remain unconstructed; some planned ...

Starving the beast

National Columnists

One way to kill a predatory animal is to deny it sustenance. The tax-cut bill passed by the Senate, if it clears a conference with the House and President Trump signs it, may be the first step toward starving the big government beast. Reporting on the Senate vote early Saturday morning ...

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part I

National Columnists

Acriminal justice system that operates in the dark is arbitrary, unjust and criminal. In Oklahoma this year, a Kafkaesque set of sealed motions, secret orders and closed-door hearings completely shut out a criminal defendant, his public defenders and the public. A trial judge served as ...

Thursday presentation intrigues, offers promise

Editorials

While it might not be warranting numerous headlines, a presentation Thursday offers some promise for a better tomorrow for some trapped in the criminal justice system. Representatives from the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division will be speaking at a ...

Is Flynn’s defection a death blow?

National Columnists

hy did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact ...

Independence hypocrisy

National Columnists

fficials in Catalonia, Spain’s richest and most highly industrialized region, whose capital is Barcelona, recently held a referendum in which there was a 92 percent vote in favor of independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities opposed the referendum and claimed that independence is ...

Minot loses a friend and a leader

Editorials

The people of Minot suffered a great loss last Thursday with the passing of former mayor Orlin Backes. Many will remember Backes most as a very capable and trustworthy mayor. He was all that – and more. After graduating from Glenburn High School and Minot State University he became a ...

There’s nothing neutral about net neutrality

Community Columnists

A lack of government intervention and regulation has generally served the internet well. Not perfectly. That the internet is used to facilitate all manner of crime from terrorism to child pornagraphy should disturb us all. But on the whole the internet has become a boon to humanity mostly ...

Clarity needed regarding sexual harassment

National Columnists

Amid the tidal wave of sexual misconduct allegations taking down Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and other titans across industries — causing swaths of men to lose their jobs and some to even face civil or criminal suits — it’s imperative that the “Me Too” movement define exactly what the ...

Delegation positions illustrate national debate

Editorials

That North Dakota’s two senators have diametrically opposite views of the Republican tax plan in Washington should come as no surprise. Despite her occasional siding with the GOP on relatively small issues of specific importance to North Dakota special interests, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is a ...