Opinion

The evil rich

National Columnists

As Republicans struggle to agree on a tax plan, Democrats and much of the media label each attempt at reform a “gift” to rich people. In one sense, they are right. Any tax cut disproportionately favors rich people since the rich pay much more tax. But the media and Democrats (is there ...

Nancy Pelosi: Sham ‘Shero’

National Columnists

Finally, Nancy Pelosi’s faux feminist veneer has fully cracked. The Democratic “shero” is, and always has been, a sham. But after Pelosi’s incoherent babblefest on “Meet the Press” defending accused groper John Conyers and clown-cad Al Franken, the progressive left can no longer ...

How many moose is too many?

Editorials

So, the area has moose, moose and more moose. OK, how many is too many to have? The question came up Monday at a North Dakota Game and Fish Department District 2 Advisory Board meeting held in Lansford. “There’s way too many moose. They are in our yards and my wife can’t walk on the ...

Why Roy Moore matters

National Columnists

Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of ...

The abrupt shaming of Charlie Rose

National Columnists

The privileged and prestigious professional life of Charlie Rose came to a shocking end this week. In the latest lurid front-page testimony on powerful men, the Washington Post reported that eight women have accused Rose of brutish and exhibitionist behavior. They said new employees were ...

Let’s not just walk past Minot’s seasonal red kettles

Editorials

As retired Ramstad Middle principal Jim Collins pointed out in an article in Monday’s Minot Daily News, “I can’t believe all the people that have talked to me since the flood (about) how the Salvation Army helped them.” Collins is he Minot Salvation Army’s most dedicated bell ...

Does Biden book tour bode another campaign?

National Columnists

At the Warner Theater in downtown Washington the other night, former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a new tour at which he discussed his new book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.” The orchestra and balcony were jam-packed with his supporters and friends, and ...

Can Trump-haters be thankful for him?

National Columnists

Any other Republican president but Donald Trump might expect to get at least some credit for the mostly positive direction in which the country is headed. Unfortunately, the Trump-haters prefer to focus on his, shall I say, unusual personality, rather than results. So let’s put personality ...

Scammers behind fake charity need to be taught a lesson

Editorials

Just when we thought we’d heard it all, along comes a phony charity that pretends to help U.S. soldiers overseas. How low, how classless can people be? The news came last week when North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease and desist order banning the fake charity ...

Merkel – and Davos – rebuked in Germany

National Columnists

It’s been a tough era for Davos Man, the personification of the great and the good who meet in the World Economic Forum in that Swiss ski resort every January. The rebukes just keep coming. The European debt crisis. Brexit. Donald Trump. And now, and once again unexpectedly, Angela Merkel’s ...

What if Roy Moore wins?

National Columnists

When Donald Trump appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General, it was widely assumed that his permanent replacement would be a Republican. But the scandals and allegations surrounding Republican nominee Roy Moore have challenged that assumption. It would be a stunning ...

Broadway Bridge opening demonstrates improvement

Editorials

One doesn’t have to look far to find a Minot area resident who registers a complaint about the development projects of local government. Rarely a day goes by that Minot Daily News doesn’t hear from one or more such residents with complaints about city, county or state projects. ...

Reckoning has arrived for sexual assault

Community Columnists

Aging was bad enough when we let ourselves be misled by this myth about the “golden years” which turned out to be nothing more than a scam for the travel folks. Now two new major pitfalls have appeared on the way to the Omdahl crematorium. As dangerous as it may be to bring the subject ...

Hens make practical pets

Letters to the Editor

Sara Bloom Minot The growing number of cities welcoming hens to the backyard is proof that hens make great city pets. These friendly fowl are being invited to cities because they are quiet, gentle, affordable, educational, and entertaining. Hens are extremely practical too! They make ...

Thanksgiving week

Editorials

Thanksgiving week is both a very complicated and busy week around Minot Daily News, and also a slower than usual time for the newsroom at the paper? How’s that, you might wonder. The delivered/purchased Thanksgiving Day newspaper is routinely the largest, physically, edition of the year ...

Restore the Educator Expense Deduction

Letters to the Editor

Krissana Peterson Bismarck Governor Doug Burgum, Senator John Hoeven, Congressmen Kevin Cramer: As you know I am a teacher here in North Dakota. I work as a paraprofessional educator which isn’t a very high paying job, yet makes up for it in with the memories I make with the youth I ...

Buy local is no baloney

Letters to the Editor

Val Stadick Minot Rob Port’s recent column titled “’Buy Local’ is Baloney,” raised many good points-albeit many false generalizations—a prime example being the very title of the column. The formula for each local transaction is complicated—in particular large transactions ...

Stop valuing winning over governing

Letters to the Editor

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck In school, we are all taught how our government works. Congressional hearings are held to consider a bill’s effects. Experts are brought in and testimony is given so that all sides are heard from, and then the bill’s merits are debated. The more important the ...

Ask Kevin Cramer why

Letters to the Editor

Ron Huff Bismarck Over 115,000 North Dakotans rely on Medicare. Yet Congressman Kevin Cramer recently voted for a Republican budget that includes a $453 billion cut to Medicare. The tax reform vote, also just supported by Cramer, will make that real. This means North Dakotans will lose ...