Opinion

Who is going to bail me out?

Letters to the Editor

Keith Monilaws Absaraka North Dakota farmers and a lot of the general public were very mad and upset about the Affordable Health Care Act that was using tax dollars to help people that could not afford insurance premiums. They sent people to Washington to voice their concerns and voted over ...

Move museum to Burlington

Letters to the Editor

M L Berg Minot Now that it seems that the handwriting is on the wall for the Ward County Historical Society in its tussle with the State Fair Board, it might be time to consider whether or not it is feasible for the Historical Society to move out to Burlington. When I belonged to the ...

Fair is fair

Letters to the Editor

Chris Baker Minot This is a no-brainer! The property value for city purchase or eminent domain is the appraised value you have agreed to when you paid your tax bill. We should pay no more than 10% over that value. In fact it should be routine that, upon change in ownership (or responsible ...

Ashamed of State Fair

Letters to the Editor

James Cron Flaxton In regards to your piece, “Pioneer Village dispute was never going to end well”, I have to agree. As a North Dakota citizen, as well as a native, but not of Ward County, I am ashamed of the actions of the NDSF. The Historical Village, while a guest, seemed always ...

Who will stand up to Trump?

Letters to the Editor

As one who tends to think out loud more and more in my advanced years, I was stung a bit by the answer to the CRYPTOQUOTE puzzle in the August 6 paper: WHEN YOU HAVE SPOKEN THE WORD, IT REIGNS OVER YOU. WHEN IT IS UNSPOKEN YOU REIGN OVER IT. Or, in fewer words, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. ...

Another suggested location for museum

Letters to the Editor

Jeff Fox Minot In a news story this week, MDN reported that the North Dakota State Fair and the Ward County Historical Society got a bit of a mixed opinion in regards to the museum space on the grounds of the NDSF. The society has stated that they don’t think very highly of the land that ...

Reporters suddenly hate the Soviets?

National Columnists

Reporter Andrea Mitchell is celebrating 40 years with NBC News and appeared on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" to discuss the milestone. Host Trevor Noah suggested that the killing of five people in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom could be laid at President Trump's door (he wasn't joking). ...

Electric grid hacking more perilous than election hacking

National Columnists

Gremlin-connected cyber criminals are capable of turning off our electric power from afar, while power plant employees watch helplessly. In the last two weeks, the federal Department of Homeland Security held four briefings warning that Russian hackers are already practicing how to throw the ...

Sand volleyball court a wise investment

Editorials

It might look like a big sandbox sans pails and shovels at the moment, but the new sand volleyball court being built at the South Hill Complex will be a popular place soon. We noticed this past week that there was some digging going on near the playground at the park so Senior Reporter Jill ...

Is collusion criminal?

National Columnists

In the last two weeks, the Trump administration has begun to make a rather interesting legal argument: Collusion isn't criminal. President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani made this argument on television; Trump repeated it on Twitter. But is it true? Technically, collusion isn't a crime. There ...

Should Trump voluntarily talk to Mueller?

National Columnists

When federal prosecutors are nearing the end of criminal investigations, they often invite the subjects of those investigations to speak with them. The soon-to-be defendants are tempted to give their version of events to prosecutors, and prosecutors are looking to take the legal pulse of the ...

County right on radiation concerns

Editorials

This week, the Ward County Commission decided some additional testing was warranted of oil-field brine that the county wants to use on certain roads for dust control. At question: could such brine contain radiation? The question was brought forward by a handful of residents and the county ...

Oklahoma’s wretched record on wrongful convictions

National Columnists

"Frontier justice" costs too many citizens of all races, creeds, and backgrounds their freedom and their lives. In the old days of the Wild West, vigilantes worked outside the judicial system to punish rivals regardless of their guilt or innocence. Today, outlaws operate inside the bureaucracy ...

State should reveal some of governor’s security spending

Editorials

A minor controversy is brewing in the state revolving around Gov. Doug Burgum’s security spending. Some watchdogs and other politicians are questioning the amount of money spent on security relative to previous governors. The problem is no one knows what that amount is. Details of ...

Ignorant Sanders

National Columnists

Sen. Bernie Sanders is all over the internet! New York Magazine says he is "quietly building a digital media empire." Mic.com calls it "one of the most powerful progressive media outfits in America." This matters because bettors rank Sanders one of the top four Democratic ...

On the constant hunt for fresh outrage

National Columnists

It's a perfect mess befitting our imperfect age. The New York Times announced it was hiring a Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board. A respected reporter on technology and the internet, Jeong is Asian-American. Nanoseconds later, a number of her objectively racist tweets emerged. "Oh man ...

Are Globalists plotting a counter-revolution?

National Columnists

On meeting with the EU's Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: "Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade." Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump's phone? We know not. But, on hearing this, ...

Smart move in New Town

Editorials

This Saturday, New Town will witness the ribbon cutting and grand opening of a new water park located across the parking lot from 4 Bears Casino & Lodge. The project, under construction since November, represents good long-term planning, good vision and smart conceptualization in New Town ...

Serious season kicks off this week

Editorials

f this past gorgeous weekend was any example, there are numerous more wonderful summer days ahead of us; many more days at the lake; many more lazy days at home – all before we lose the advantage of our best weather of the year. But already there are signs that the summer silly season is ...