Opinion

Minot High, Velva football teams have chance for special season

Editorials

Not to be captain obvious, but winning a state championship is incredibly hard. Every high school football player in North Dakota dreams of one day lifting a championship trophy. That’s why they put in countless hours of conditioning, weight lifting, studying film and practicing to make ...

Shocking but not surprising

National Columnists

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if ...

Legalization isn’t the solution to the opioid crisis

National Columnists

One painful aspect of the public debates over the opioid-addiction crisis is how much they mirror the arguments that arise from personal addiction crises. If you’ve ever had a loved one struggle with drugs — in my case, my late brother, Josh — the national exercise in guilt-driven ...

Annual Horn of Plenty hits the spot

Editorials

Hungering to help out a good cause? The Horn of Plenty has been hitting the spot for decades, raising money to provide holiday meals to local families. It’s a time-tested and proven program that lifts spirits for givers as well as recipients. Once again, the Trinity Health Foundation has ...

Time to enroll in a 2018 Health Plan

Community Columnists

Open enrollment for 2018 health coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplace begins Nov. 1 and North Dakotans who plan to enroll in or renew a health plan for next year need to get prepared and sign up early. The deadline for enrolling is Dec 15. Those working to promote enrollment ...

That other plot — to bring down Trump

National Columnists

Well over a year after the FBI began investigating “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought in his first major indictment. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with a series of crimes dating back years, though ...

A very different Halloween holiday

Editorials

Happy Halloween to those who observe the occasion in any way, shape or form. Many of us remember what most would consider a conventional Halloween celebration – costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, parties. It was all in good fun and was one of the occasions youngsters looked ...

The radiating mischief of protectionism

National Columnists

What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ourselves into believing that corporate welfare can be seemly. Consider the caper, both amusing and depressing, that began when mighty Boeing sought protection behind the skirts of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Boeing, ...

An American President and the world

National Columnists

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...

Following Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner

Editorials

It has been a while but Minot native and archeologist Mark Lehner is back in the news again, and with another book under his belt. Lehner has co-authored a book with new findings that shed light on construction of the Giza pyramids with Zahi Hawass, another leading Egyptologist and a former ...

Kaepernick and Christian athletes

National Columnists

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently filed a grievance against the National Football League, accusing all teams of colluding to deny him a place on a team because he kneeled during the national anthem. As was true with Michael Sam, the openly gay player and activist ...

The Clintons are just not that into you

National Columnists

I’m still trying to make sense of the news that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were the forces behind the infamous “Steele Dossier,” a dodgy document full of hearsay about Donald Trump that was put together by an even dodgier outfit called Fusion GPS, which has ...

Military reaction demonstrates other side of Trump perception

Editorials

If one were to read only “mainstream” media based on the East Coast, one would think that citizens of the United States were living in a madhouse, overseen by a racist war-monger who was placing the public in danger out of sheer lunacy. However, based on the reaction Vice President Mike ...

Martin Luther thought outside of the box

Community Columnists

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door at Wittenberg 500 years ago on October 31, he did not dream that he was starting a revolution that would reverberate throughout Christendom for centuries. While he was gifted in a number of ways, his greatest asset was the ability to think ...

To Governor Burgum, Senator Hoeven and Cramer

Letters to the Editor

Krisanna Peterson Bismarck I hope that your moral judgement compass has been going off. I want to commend what Sen. Jeff Flake’s said today. I can tell in his voice he was scared. Finally a republican in our US legislature has said what the president is doing is not acceptable. I hope all ...

Freedom of Speech does not guarantee understanding

National Columnists

Daily Beast columnist Jay Michaelson is unhappy with America’s football fans. In a thoughtful column, he argues that “kneeling for the anthem is a sign of respect, not disrespect, for our country and the values it stands for.” He adds that “To protest — for whatever cause, left or ...

October Flotsam and Jetsam

Editorials

As promised earlier this month, today I am offering a round-up of this and that from around the Minot Daily News newsroom. Busy Week It isn’t often that one week includes a major national story right here in our back yard, bringing all eyes here and a – arguably the – national story ...

Good instructors make lasting impressions

Editorials

With Vice President Pence at Minot Air Force Base Friday, more JFK documents promised to be released Thursday and both federal and local taxes in the limelight all week long, you might have skipped over perhaps the best story of the past few days. One of our newest staff writers, Shyanne ...

Both parties trying even harder to defeat themselves

National Columnists

Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible — and more assiduously reported by mainstream media — among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have ...