Opinion

North Dakota rightly takes on illegal robocalls

Editorials

By now, most cell phone users are familiar with robocalls – unwanted solicitations and scam attempts often originating from bogus called phone numbers that make it appear as if a neighbor is calling. N.D. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has said these illegal robocalls were the No. 1 ...

What do we have in common?

National Columnists

America stands at a precipice. It's a moral precipice of our own making: We're not facing any external existential threat, or any serious economic crisis. Nonetheless, we're at each other's throats in a shocking and unique way. At least in the 1960s, serious issues divided us: the national ...

Important chance to voice your opinion tonight

Editorials

Tonight’s public meeting on the subject of plans for expansion of the City of Minot’s landfill – or perhaps development of a new one farther from the city proper – is an important one and all stakeholders are encouraged to participate and voice their opinions. The city council had ...

Socialism destroys

National Columnists

Socialism is hot. Famous actors recently made a commercial proclaiming that "democratic socialism" creates some of the best parts of America. It's "your kids' public school" (says Susan Sarandon), the "interstate highway system" (Rosario Dawson), "public libraries" (Jay Ferguson), "EMTs" ...

The most important movie you’ve never heard of

National Columnists

It's here. "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer" debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now — a true-life saga of good vs. evil, ...

Winter, fire season both on horizon

Editorials

Although our region might be in for a temperate break in the cool weather in the next few weeks, it seems pretty clear that winter is on the horizon. With heaters of all types switching on, with more cooking at home taking place when the hard freeze arrives and with holiday lights just ...

Aviation camps a sure benefit for young people

Editorials

In an era in which so many young people spend most of their free time glued to tiny screens, playing video games and other questionably enriching activities, a hands-on camp deeply entrenched in the STEM disciplines is deeply laudable. Such are the ACE Aviation Camp, a three-hour program for ...

Journalism matters in your community

National Columnists

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, are community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S. Your local newspaper is far from being The Fake News. Your newspaper is most definitely not The Enemy of the People. In fact, ...

Journalism matters in your community

National Columnists

Beyond the noise of the Beltway and the daily vilification of national media outlets, are community newspapers serving cities, counties and regions throughout the U.S. Your local newspaper is far from being The Fake News. Your newspaper is most definitely not The Enemy of the People. In fact, ...

Aviation camps a sure benefit for young people

Editorials

In an era in which so many young people spend most of their free time glued to tiny screens, playing video games and other questionably enriching activities, a hands-on camp deeply entrenched in the STEM disciplines is deeply laudable. Such are the ACE Aviation Camp, a three-hour program for ...

Columbus Day should remain the holiday intended

Editorials

Over the past few years, the war on American heritage by those who would replace it with politically correct fiction has driven many pandering politicians to shy away and submit to the new mob mentality. Columbus Day in some places has become a day to recognize Indigenous People (apparently ...

A victory on trade

National Columnists

In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries. President Trump has been right in his criticism of NAFTA and other trade deals that have left the ...

Community journalism matters because communities matter

National Columnists

"Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.” It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years. Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. We publish photos of ribbons being cut at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries. We ...

Welcome National Newspaper Week

Editorials

These aren’t the golden years for newspaper. First, there are numerous business challenges, including competition from the internet, where consumers can read an entertaining mix of fiction, non-fiction and editorial pandering to one’s specific viewpoint – all under the guise of ...

Community Economic Development Initiative stalls

Community Columnists

"Order! Order!” bellowed Chairperson Ork Dorken as he opened a special meeting of the Homeland Security Committee in the historic ZCBJ community hall. The town’s 12 electors were giddy with expectation, looking forward to three major economic development reports. Old Sievert was sitting ...

City leaders out of control

Letters to the Editor

Richard Pardon Minot Welcome to the “Tragic” City (formerly the Magic City) a city of high taxes, a out of control city manager, mayor and city council! Folks the “Magic” in Minot left us a long time ago. We are a city in decline! By the way, congratulations to the Ward County ...

Journalism matters because democracy matters

National Columnists

n in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous ...