Opinion

Reader poll misleading

Letters to the Editor

Charles Emery Minot I would like to clarify a poll conducted by the Minot Daily News considering taxation by the Minot Park District. The Minot Park District is not considering a tax increase to expand parks and/or park programming. I am not sure why such a poll question would be ...

A Trump doctrine for Singapore and beyond

National Columnists

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But Pyongyang had ...

If it can happen in Santa Fe, Texas…

Editorials

Another mass school shooting. Security in schools. Allegations of bullying. These are the things that generated the most talk around the newsroom this week as we – like many people – watched the aftermath of the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas unfold. Even though it is a national story, it ...

Not happy with State Fair storage

Letters to the Editor

Taryce Malnaa Minot We have stored our camper during the winter at the ND State Fairgrounds for several years. This year when we went to pick up our 5th wheel, there was a 4-5 inch puncture hole in the skin of the camper right by where they used the forklift to move the camper. When ...

Minot airport not a military base

Letters to the Editor

Ed Peterson Minot For several months military helicopters have been flying and hovering over our neighborhood many times a day multiple days a week. These helicopters are loud and are the only air traffic that I notice on any regular basis. They rattle the windows and drown out the TV or ...

More buyout money needed?

Letters to the Editor

Lana Simons Minot We were not surprised to see in Wednesday’s paper that Minot is running low on buyout money. Of course the city will run out of money when it spends way over a million dollars on one old house – Home Sweet Home. When we were at the LAX airport a few weeks ago we ...

We give thanks

Letters to the Editor

Deacon Steve Streitz Minot On behalf of the Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry, we want to thank the Minot Post Office, the postal employees, and the volunteers who helped to make this year’s Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a huge success. We also want to thank the many people ...

No thank you to more taxes

Letters to the Editor

Mike Monson Minot In Monday’s paper there was a poll taken to see if people would support a tax increase to expand parks and or park programming. Poll results were 91% against and 9% for it. After the 23% increase in property taxes in 2017 I think that citizens in Minot are in no mood ...

Column was hurtful and judgmental

Letters to the Editor

David Haugen Minot I’m disappointed that the MDN would publish the hurtful and judgmental editorial opinion by Erick Erickson that is filled with untruths on May 07, 2018. Mr. Erickson suggests that LGBTQ persons have many spokespeople and advocates, but I still hear more opinions like ...

A huge Norsk Høstfest VOID

Letters to the Editor

Michael McEown Minot First let me admit openly to my bias with this opine. For nearly 30 years my wife Linda and I along with Milt and Bonnie Rolle have had the enviable privilege to have been hosts for Norwegian entertainer Bjoro and Liv Haaland, their band members, family and ...

Bill Bradley, call your bookie

National Columnists

In 1992, Congress passed a statute authored by then-Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who was a former Princeton University and New York Knicks basketball superstar, prohibiting the states from authorizing sports betting. At that time, gambling in Atlantic City was flourishing, and ...

The right must reckon with its generation gap

National Columnists

The conventional image of baby boomer political rebellion features a young left-wing activist organizing, protesting or otherwise agitating, ideally with Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" playing in the background: "There's something happening here / What it is ain't exactly clear ...

Minot will miss Tom’s Barber Shop

Editorials

There still are plenty of old-fashioned barbershops around, but the closing of each one is a loss to the community. This time it is Tom’s Barber Shop in downtown Minot that will be closing its doors at the end of this month. But it’s not for a lack of customers; owner Tom Plemel is ...

State of the Midterms

National Columnists

Last December, the midterm outlook looked bleak for Republicans. With the Democrats enjoying a 13-point lead on the Generic Ballot, pundits talked of a "big blue wave." The question was not whether the Democrats would win the two dozen seats needed to gain control of the House, but whether they ...

Spring is popping in Minot parks

Editorials

In case you hadn’t noticed, Minot Daily News is a huge fan of Minot’s park system. We like nothing better than to announce a new exhibit planned for the zoo, a new birth at the zoo, or one of the park district’s 16 parks getting a makeover. This time we are going gaga over some big ...

The coarsening of political language

National Columnists

Here in Australia, "Question Time" has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes funny questions in an effort to ...

Amazon fights back

National Columnists

Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it's going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that's not how the politicians describe their plan, but that's probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle's city council want all big ...

Marginalizing Melania

National Columnists

Need more evidence that there are two Americas? Here: Left-wing hatred of Melania Trump is inversely proportional to flyover admiration for the first lady. In just the last month, late-night clown Jimmy Kimmel mocked Trump's Slovenian accent, CNN contributor April Ryan attacked her as "not ...

Cost savings a welcome boon to flood protection

Editorials

Cost savings in any project funded by government entities is a rare thing. Cost over-runs are far more frequent. Accurate projections and projects that come in at their expected cost are rare enough, as those who follow public sector projects in Minot certainly notice. That’s why news this ...