Opinion

Stenehjem failing to enforce the law

Letters to the Editor

Shelly Ventsch New Town What’s the value of regulations and laws if they’re ignored? This summer Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a claim for $388 million from the Army Corps of Engineers for failing to enforce laws regarding DAPL protestors, which he said was Corps’ “direct ...

A bridge to sell you

National Columnists

"Libertarians believe that you should be as conservative or as liberal as you want to be as long as you don't want to force yourself on others," says Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate for governor of New York. Sharpe is an unusual Libertarian candidate because he's doing well in some ...

Yes, unvetted illegal caravans threaten public health

National Columnists

We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America's public health and safety. Just look at these ...

Journalists stink as discourse cops

National Columnists

The frightening exposure of pipe bombs being mailed to prominent Democrats and media outlets, followed by a horrific shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, led to news networks lecturing, hour after hour, on the tone of our civic discourse. Physicians, heal thyselves. These are not ...

Beware of ghouls and goblins tonight

Editorials

The streets and sidewalks of the Magic City, some of them not all that well lit, will be visited tonight by ghouls and goblins. There may even be a few pink unicorns mixed in with the usual scary trick-or-treaters this year. Oh, the fun that comes with Halloween. Granted, it’s mostly for ...

Is this worse than ’68?

National Columnists

Saturday, in Pittsburgh, a Sabbath celebration at the Tree of Life synagogue became the site of the largest mass murder of Jews in U.S. history. Eleven worshippers were killed by a racist gunman. Friday, we learned the identity of the crazed criminal who mailed pipe bombs to a dozen leaders ...

Democratic-controlled House

National Columnists

Democrats are hoping the coming election will give them a majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My question is: What would a House majority mean for the Democrats? Let's look at it. To control the House of Representatives, Democrats ...

If you see something, say something…

Editorials

As mayhem continues to unspread across the country, it has never been more important to remind ourselves of the “new normal” that dawned in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States. Part of our new normal is the principle that if one sees something even ...

Making history more interesting for students

Editorials

Sunday’s edition included a feature story by reporter Andrea Johnson that is worth another look. It was the one about Bottineau High School social studies teacher Forrest Carlson, who has found that one of the best ways to teach his students about North Dakota history is to have them ...

Will burly men stop House Democrats’ blue wave?

National Columnists

Do they live in two different worlds? White college graduate women favor Democrats over Republicans in House elections by a 62 to 35 percent margin. White non-college-graduate men favor Republicans over Democrats in House elections by a 58 to 38 percent margin. Those results are from a ...

What’s Halloween without racism charges?

National Columnists

It's Halloween and time for another round of outrage over inappropriate costumes. Once upon a time, parents — most of them, anyway — were concerned with oversexualized costumes for little children, but how unenlightened was that? Today we're focusing our energy on what's really important. ...

Uniqueness a key to downtown shopping renaissance

Editorials

"Shop local” is hardly an original or inventive slogan or objective in cities and towns of all sizes all over the country. Still, the concept has many benefits and strengthens the fabric of a community. The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce plans to formally launch the Maximize Minot ...

Sauce for the goose but not the gander

Community Columnists

You can’t trust the voters The state Legislature has been so meticulous at defending the polling place that it has now come up with a system that will disenfranchise a couple of hundred Native Americans because reservations do not have complete street addresses. Legislators claim that ...

Marijuana is harmful drug

Letters to the Editor

Cara Dyck Harvey On Nov. 6th, North Dakotans will have the opportunity to vote for or against the legalization of recreational marijuana in our state. While I believe there are many reasons to oppose Measure 3, the health, safety and wellbeing of our children is one I am absolutely ...

Dodging censorship, thanking 4-H and more

Editorials

ree markets This past week, we received a couple of calls from a reader and critic convinced that an advertisement we ran was offensive and we should not have run it. We’ve run into this before. I’ve written on the topic before. To be clear, I have asserted the same position even when an ...