Opinion

The smoke gets in your eyes

Editorials

Smoky, hazy conditions the past couple of days have been a reminder – for those who needed it – of the natural disasters taking place to our west. While many, most even, are focused on the scenes of utter devastation coming from the Gulf Coast and Florida, the reality of what’s happening ...

Never forget: Muslim hate crime hoaxes

National Columnists

Another year. Another Sept. 11 anniversary. Another opportunity for grievance-mongering Muslim agitators to decry the imagined “epidemic” of “Islamophobia.” South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) convened with Mad Maxine Waters and other House Democrats in Washington, D.C., ...

Blame for disaster

National Columnists

"How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take,” demands “The Daily Show” comic Trevor Noah, “until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!” His audience roars its approval. When Hurricane Irma hit, so-called friends admonished me, “Look what your fossil fuels ...

North Dakotans pitch in to help hurricane victims

Editorials

We have noted in the recent past that North Dakotans are not shy when it comes to helping a neighbor going through a tough time. The most recent evidence of that is our people in or headed to hurricane damaged Florida and Texas. You can read more about the particulars elsewhere in this ...

Tribalism marches on!

National Columnists

Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 25-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play. Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991. “Is there no room for new nations in the New World Order?” was my title, and the column ...

The Mafia and the migrants

National Columnists

ROME — I spotted them on my way to dinner with a friend near Castel Gandolfo. They are migrants from Africa, sitting by the side of the road outside a “temporary” residence that, for many, appears to have become permanent. They all have cellphones. They all seem oblivious to us as we pass ...

This Miss America will make the country proud

Editorials

We were already proud of our Miss North Dakota Cara Mund before she was crowned Miss America Sunday night. We are certain that in the coming year all of America will fall for this young woman with big plans and dreams. As the song says, Miss America is “your ideal.” Talk about a claim ...

Restore America’s competitive edge through tax reform

Community Columnists

Actions taken by President Trump and his administration during his nearly eight months in office have been a wind at our back for North Dakota’s economy. Whether rolling back overreaching regulations that threatened our coal industry and our farmers’ livelihoods, providing relief for ...

The devil’s playground

National Columnists

I have a year old in sixth grade. The more I talk to parents, the more I am mindful of how clueless many of us are about raising our kids in the internet age — an age that only recently came into being. It is even more difficult to raise your kids in a world where you may have Christian ...

9/11 memories/natural disasters must galvanize the nation

Editorials

If there is one thing we should take away from this day of bad memories – both new and old – is that this nation cannot afford to be divided going forth. Perhaps we are not truly as divided as some in the media or in politics (feel free to use the words “media” and “politics” ...

Leadership fails ND in its foremost responsibility

Editorials

Providing a modicum of security and ensuring a lawful, civil society that works for all citizens, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, age, disability and orientation, is the first and foremost responsibility of our elected leaders. Sure, some national politicians might feel their ...

Such absurdity

Letters to the Editor

David Aas Minot I find myself drawn to respond to Janet Mathistad’s criticism of the editorial cartoon in the August 22nd issue of the Minot Daily News. While I find myself questioning why I would be defending a cartoon, I am moved to respond to Reverend Mathistad’s misguided ...

A delicate balance

Editorials

A number of times in this column space, I have written about the everyday challenge to finding a balance of news to include in each issue of the newspaper. I’ve shared about the delicate balance between local, national and international news and commentary; and I’ve shared our internal ...

Factory hog operation would be devastating

Letters to the Editor

Janelle Engstrom Leeds A factory hog operation has been proposed near Devils Lake. Over 100,000 hogs and between 3.5 and 7 million gallons of sewage would be produced yearly. This project will have devastating consequences for Devils Lake! The barn and dump site areas are surrounded by ...

‘Debarking’ dogs is inhumane

Letters to the Editor

Philip Weigel Minot I recently saw the story of Oregon farmers who were ordered to “debark” their dogs. The dogs’ barks are very loud and, understandably, the neighbors were tired of hearing that. However, the judge’s ruling to “debark” the dogs is very inhumane and cruel to ...

Time for ND to take charge

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot Although our president ignores most of the pillars of character we strive to introduce to our children and grandchildren when it comes to immigration it is time for our state to step up and take the lead. Our children see and hear this lack of respect for those ...

Please, no Dodd-Frank rollback

Letters to the Editor

Stacey Jay Bendish Mandan Congressman Cramer has joined the bandwagon to roll back what he and many others call unneeded regulations on the banking industry. Understand that our congressman has worked almost his whole life in the public/political sector. Either running the ND Republican ...

Pay cuts, not raises, for city directors

Letters to the Editor

Wayne Rowe Minot Thank You, Jill Schramm for your article “Council considers ways to reduce spending”. I read the title but didn’t buy the paper. I read the article online. My first response - is council serious? Does council really have to consider this? Aren’t they supposed ...

Why does Heidi still support Obamacare?

Letters to the Editor

Jeff Miller Rugby Heidi Hietkamp supports Obamacare wholeheartedly which can be seen by the way she votes to stop its repeal and keep the program as is. Obamacare has already resulted in MUCH higher insurance premiums and MUCH higher deductibles. How much have both of yours changed in ...