Opinion

It can happen …

Editorials

It can happen in Minot. As we all try to digest the atrocity in Parkland, Florida, we cannot fool ourselves into thinking something like that couldn’t happen in our part of the world. It could. Furthermore, given the acceleration in the occurrences of school shootings, the question ...

Success Academy

National Columnists

Kids who attend New York City's Success Academy charter schools do remarkably well. "We are No. 1 in student achievement in the state," says founder Eva Moskowitz, "outperforming all the wealthy suburbs." They do. Although they teach mostly poor kids, 95 percent pass the state math ...

Science, Secrecy and Lies in Oklahoma

National Columnists

s the Oklahoma attorney general's office fights to keep hidden from public view the results of secret hearings on the DNA science flaws and falsehoods in former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw's case, two prominent experts have stepped forward to shed bright light on the ...

Hospitality industry slide may just be beginning

Editorials

It was with a degree of sadness that Minot Daily News reported this week that the Vegas Motel will be closing its rooms to travelers in the next weeks. While the popular Sevens Bar & Restaurant and handy Monte Carlo room will remain open, it is still unfortunate for the motel room component ...

Is US being sucked into Syria’s war?

National Columnists

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. drone that fell into Iran's hands, intruded ...

Hopefully, Main Street initiative resonates locally

Editorials

It wasn’t one of Gov. Doug Burgum’s highest profile visions for the future of North Dakota when he was running for office, but it might well be one that pays off with big dividends to those who were paying attention and who continue to pay attention. Plenty of people (including several ...

Black History Month

National Columnists

Carter G. Woodson, noted scholar, historian and educator, created "Negro History Week" in 1926, which became Black History Month in 1976. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Americans should be ...

Will federal spending leave ND voters behind?

Editorials

North Dakota voters typically are uncomfortable with extravagant government spending and taking on a great deal of debt. It is one of the fundamental principles underlying the state’s general fiscal conservatism. Furthermore, North Dakota still remains Trump country, with above average ...

Reminders that in China, life is a job

National Columnists

"Vita est lavorum." That's Latin for "Life is a job." I didn't learn that in school or even from a book. I learned that from Father Guido Sarducci. For younger readers, that name may draw a blank. Father Guido wasn't a real person. He was a fictional priest played by comedian and writer Don ...

Play ball, with informed intelligence

National Columnists

Even if, inexplicably, you occasionally think about things other than major league baseball, consider this: Why are many premier free agents, particularly sluggers and starting pitchers, unsigned even while we are hearing the loveliest four words, "Pitchers and catchers report"? The Major ...

Good news, bad news in city staff turnover rate

Editorials

The recent report on the turnover rate of Minot city staff members is – if possible – both alarming and reassuring. The bad news obviously is that the city spends good money to train people who then leave town or find other employment in the area. It’s a huge expense that the city ...

2018 will generate new fights over moral values

Community Columnists

With 81 percent rating moral values in the U.S. as only fair or poor, we have consensus in the country that should foster some sort of response. The folks who have an abiding concern over the moral state of society now have a number of supporters in the national administration, giving them ...

Republicans, Trump run roughshod over debt and DACA

National Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans averted another weekend government shutdown by turning their backs on their party's traditional party abhorrence of deficit spending. Enough Democrats joined them by rejecting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's filibuster plea not to sacrifice nearly a ...

Minot’s new flag is one to be proud of

Editorials

Minot now has a city flag, unfurled publicly for the first time last week at the State of the City Address. And a good flag it is. It’s just not, as some people think, the first city flag Minot has had. You could say, however, that it is the first flag to represent the Magic City. How’s ...

Thanks for the help

Letters to the Editor

Fern Skarphol Ryder I want to thank Kathy Baber with the Garrison Veterinary Clinic for listening and taking action to our concerns we had about a mare and her foal who were left in a pasture without sufficient food, water or shelter. She took the time out of her busy schedule to ...

Editor’s Notebook: Examining the information iceberg

Editorials

As mentioned in this column space before, in a newspaper newsroom, knowledge is like an iceberg. That is, for all the information that is visible (in our case, in print), there is a higher percentage invisible (in our case, information we know off the record, or is invisible because we can’t ...

Tired of political game playing

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard Minot “There is no education gained from the second kick of a mule”– U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell He was right about that too. Near 222 years ago, within his beautifully crafted Farewell Address, George Washington scribed several warnings and praises for the citizens of ...

Don’t take sides against the family again

Letters to the Editor

Josh Wolsky Minot Recently, someone told me I’m a member of the new Minot mafia. The comment caught me off guard, and I wasn’t sure how to take it. I don’t think it was intended as a compliment. I think it implied that I – along with other unnamed mafiosos – am conspiring for ...

Parroting Trump’s gibberish

Letters to the Editor

ML Berg Minot Kevin Cramer speaks of the recently released memo as revealing “corruption” and that it was time “to take government back.” The memo deals with a warrant issued for surveillance on Carter Page based on a discredited dossier. However, as many news programs have pointed ...

A letter to all North Dakotans

Letters to the Editor

Manda Patterson Enderlin To all North Dakota Veterans, their families and friends: The purpose of this letter is to plead with fellow veterans and fellow North Dakotans to speak up and demand change so that the North Dakota Veteran’s Home (NDVH) in Lisbon, North Dakota will again become ...