Opinion

Support for Pioneer Village Museum is a joy, relief

Editorials

Options. Being forced to remove its Pioneer Village Museum from the grounds of the North Dakota State Fair, the Ward County Historical Society probably wasn’t optimistic about options. With not much money, having lost its latest bid to remain on-site at the NDSF and in rough local economic ...

North Dakota finances are a house of cards

Community Columnists

We have the well-plugging fund, budget stabilization fund, abandoned mine fund, highway tax distribution fund, Legacy Fund, coal development fund, Center of Excellence Fund and a few dozen more funds listed on the home page of the state treasurer. I would also recommend checking the five ...

Old friends, fresh perspectives

Editorials

Not long ago, our publisher, Dan McDonald, and I were having a conversation in the wake of some particularly horrible piece of news. I forget what the item was, but it left the both of us pondering why it is that some human beings simply don’t feel the pull to being a light in the lives of ...

Food, the perfect gift

Editorials

Have you ever been hungry? No, really hungry. Have you ever watched a child or an elderly person go without food? Fortunately, most of us have not had such visions burned into our brains. Yet we all know such at-risk people exist in our communities. One way to keep those horrible images ...

Metaphor in a Government-Founded Church

National Columnists

Last week, I was intrigued by all the fanfare attendant upon the national farewell to the late Sen. John McCain. I have written in this space that McCain and I were friends who spoke many times, but generally only about the issues upon which we agreed -- abortion, immigration and torture. On ...

The Flawed Retrospectives on John McCain

National Columnists

The passing of Senator John McCain was marked by a sea of eulogies mourning the end of an era of civility and compromise. What has happened, they ask, to those noble, bipartisan days of yesteryear, and how have we descended into today's crude and primitive tribalism? I read this stuff and ...

Way outside the box

Editorials

Many political, business and civic leaders will praise the idea of “thinking outside the box” – usually early in their careers when they seek to differentiate themselves from longer-term establishment predecessors. After all, out of the box thinking means embracing change, pursuing ...

Heidi Heitkamp must think we’re all very stupid

Community Columnists

When asked recently by The Hill newspaper whether or not she’d like former President Barack Obama to campaign for her here in North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was blunt in response. “Nope, no,” the paper quoted her as saying. Of course Heitkamp doesn’t want Obama on the campaign ...

Chuck Todd Badly undermines himself

National Columnists

Apparently, a weekly show on NBC and a nightly show on MSNBC weren't large enough platforms for Chuck Todd to complain about troublesome conservatives, so he's written an article for the liberal magazine The Atlantic titled "It's Time for the Press to Stop Complaining -- and to Start Fighting ...

Judging Kavanaugh

National Columnists

Some people are very angry about President Trump's new Supreme Court pick. "Hell no, Kavanaugh! He is a dangerous man!" protesters shouted on the steps of the Supreme Court. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand yelled, "What is at stake is freedom for LGBTQ Americans, for equal rights, civil rights..." ...

County should simplify building permit process

Editorials

In a probably little noticed item at the Ward County Commission meeting this week, a resident spoke to the commission regarding his frustration in working with the county building inspection office to obtain a permit to construct a commercial building. He said he wanted a list of requirements ...

Death be not loud

National Columnists

Question: What is more cringe-inducing than a celebrity funeral? Answer: Two back-to-back celebrity funerals. The ghoulish twin spectacles last week memorializing Aretha Franklin and John McCain brought out the worst in family, friends and frenemies. No matter your partisan affiliation, ...

Hearts in Minot never wander far from veterans

Editorials

Days of recognition for veterans – past and present – are huge events in Minot, a community where the military is near and dear to our hearts. Traditionally, Labor Day isn’t one of those days; instead having its very own focus. This year, two brothers demonstrated that any holiday ...

Winning elections by dividing is bad for society

Community Columnists

It’s a fashionable thing, particularly in election years, to bemoan the tone of modern politics. I understand why – the word “obnoxious” may as well have been invented to describe desperate political campaigns raining down hyperbole and opprobrium on the electorate – but to describe ...

South Africa question

National Columnists

South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump's recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. Earlier this year, a land confiscation motion was brought by radical Marxist ...

Tide might be turning on opioid abuse awareness

Editorials

Last week, Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma and City Manager Tom Barry attended an invitation-only event, which began with a tour of the White House for leaders from the Dakotas and Wyoming and concluded with question and answer sessions with department representatives. Roads, jobs and technology ...

Republicans can, must keep control in midterms

National Columnists

Recent polls and surveys are delivering, at best, mixed news for Republicans regarding the upcoming midterm elections. The good news is that prospects have turned positive for Republicans to win Senate seats currently held by Democrats in Florida, New Jersey and Wisconsin. But looking for ...

It’s about time texting/driving law enforced

Editorials

History has shown us, for example through Prohibition and a failed national speed limit of 55 mph, that it is easier to pass a law than to enforce one. Take a quick drive around Minot and you’ll find out what many people think of the texting/driving law. Not much. Law enforcement has ...

John McCain and me

National Columnists

About four years ago, I was browsing through one of Manhattan's last remaining independent bookstores, when my cellphone rang. I didn't recognize the incoming telephone number, with its 202 area code, but I assumed it was a Fox News colleague from our Washington bureau. When I answered the ...