Opinion

Republicans and patriotism

National Columnists

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: "I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime than ...

Black political power means zilch

National Columnists

It's often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That's an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more ...

Amicable end to controversy a good thing

Editorials

Rugby’s longtime claim to be the geographic center of North America, and the publicity generated from it, remain untouched and without real challenge after events of last week. A similar trademark held by a Robinson Bar was officially surrendered. Hanson’s Bar in Robinson filed with the ...

Charity hockey game raised money – and hope

Editorials

There were some big-league hockey players on the ice March 30th in Minot. No, they weren’t professionals – at least not professional hockey players. They were professional police officers and professional firefighters, out in the community living up to their reputations as caring people ...

A brutal revisitation of Chappaquiddick

National Columnists

One measure of how old we're getting is realizing how many voters today have no familiarity with the Chappaquiddick scandal. In July of 1969, then-Sen. Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge into a pond with a young woman in the passenger seat and left the scene of the accident alone. Kennedy waited 10 ...

Tough challenges ahead for city, budget

Editorials

Minot’s city council didn’t blink in the face of difficult realities when members met last week in a workshop setting to broadly discuss 2019 budget challenges. It’s never too early to start this discussion and council members are well aware that the chore will be a trying one. Many, ...

$15 minimum wage will stir 2018 election

Community Columnists

An initiated measure will be on the ballot this year proposing to move the state minimum wage in three steps from $7.25 to $15 by 2021. Needless to say, the proposal will stir election politics. Controversial? Michael Saltsman of the Employment Policies Institute is already writing against ...

North Carolina fourth-grader asks for help

Letters to the Editor

Gigi Carson Charlotte, N.C. Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our State Fair, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of North Dakota as I work on my report. While we will research ...

Political season is many things

Editorials

With tomorrow being qualifying day for local elections, the state GOP convention just completed and the bombardment of political advertising, one would have to live with his head in the sand to not recognize that the political season is underway and is going to continue through November. Ah, ...

Listening to residents

Community Columnists

When I was first elected to the North Dakota House of Representative in 2012, I made a promise to the constituents I represented that I would work just as hard for them in the Legislature as I did to earn their vote. I won this seat, which was long-held by Republicans, because Democrats, ...

Examine your medical bills

Letters to the Editor

Greg Lemer Ray Recently at a medical professional in (a small North Dakota town) my appointment ran long. The office staff had left and the doctor insisted that I pay my bill in full. He stated my insurance company was hard to work with and never paid the bills anyway. I have Blue Cross ...

Big choice coming up

Letters to the Editor

N.D. State Rep. Dan Ruby Minot North Dakotans have a monumental choice to make on Nov. 6 of this year. When faced with the prospect of voting for Congressman Kevin Cramer or Senator Heitkamp, the contrast between the two on how much they value American citizens and the rule of law could not ...

It’s the NRA

Letters to the Editor

Jim Lein Minot Something is wrong with this picture. Our democracy is not working; the majority does not come close to ruling. We are a country where three percent of the population has half of the guns and 70 percent have no guns. And yet almost anyone can buy whatever weapon they want, ...

Bakken rebound is underway

Letters to the Editor

Brett Tinnes Minot Numbers in the Bakken are showing significant optimism again. Hiring and wages are up, as are service company sales, and production is set to hit an all-time record this year. In 2018, the Bakken promises to have among its best years and because of better pricing, ...

Tax cuts are working in ND

Letters to the Editor

State Rep. Tom Kading Fargo Fargo’s Gate City Bank recently handed out $1,000 bonus checks to 538 non-management personnel, and awarded $500,000 in charitable giving and free home appraisals. What should we thank? Tax cuts. Shopping malls are becoming more crowded, sales are steadily ...

Genetics is undercutting the case for racial quotas

National Columnists

"I am worried," writes Harvard geneticist David Reich in The New York Times, "that well-meaning people who deny the possibility of substantial biological differences among human populations are digging themselves into an indefensible position, one that will not survive the onslaught of ...

Iowa leads the way on Obamacare reform

National Columnists

Lawmakers and bureaucrats in official Washington often act as if their decisions lead the nation forward. News from Iowa this week, however, shows once again that the culture leads and politicians lag behind. Kim Reynolds became Iowa's Governor last May when her predecessor (Terry Branstad) ...

Park Board made the right decision – again

Editorials

The promoters of the Magic City Discovery Center made a good choice when they went to the Minot Park Board looking for land on which to put down permanent roots. The park board – as usual – made a wise choice of its own by granting the Discovery Center a long-term lease, virtually free. ...

Free speech takes another hit

National Columnists

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized, as has the network, for nothing more serious than her tweet: "David Hogg rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA ... totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" The 17-year-old Hogg, a ...