Opinion

Heitkamp right on flaring

Letters to the Editor

Carol Ventsch New Town Mike Kopp (4/29/18) asserts Senator Heitkamp is not supportive of North Dakota’s energy industry, but she has shown strong support for the oil industry, especially in her leadership role to overturn the ban on exporting crude oil which had been in place since the ...

Are we now trapped in a debt spiral?

National Columnists

From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, "carnaptious," that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let's think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds recently rose ...

Founding Fathers faces less evil

Letters to the Editor

Ralph Muecke Gladstone As a delegate to the recent Republican Convention I was also a member of the resolutions committee. One of the resolutions adopted was to support a federal convention of the states, constitutional convention (con-con), for the purpose of proposing an amendment to ...

Who doesn’t want fair trade?

Letters to the Editor

Gary Kramlich Minot President Trump’s negotiating tactics on international trade and tariffs comes from a position of strength, not weakness. A letter in the newspaper criticized the President and his supporters for a tough stance on international trade partners who have been taking ...

Thanks for helping Monte

Letters to the Editor

osh Reiner Monte Reiner Heart Transplant Benefit Committee Minot We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the community members, businesses and organizations that supported the Have a Heart for Monte benefit at the Moose Lodge on April 18th. The event was very successful ...

North Korea first and Iran second

Letters to the Editor

Ron Carlson Bismarck Never thought I would live long enough to see a Hair Hat leader of North Korea go to South Korea and sign a proclamation, supposedly a “peace” agreement of sorts. Now it does remain to be seen if this is what I want it to be. Time will tell. After Presidents ...

Remember the Golden Rule

Letters to the Editor

Ron Overly Arizona Some time ago I wrote “what’s going on at the Ward County Courthouse maintenance department.” Since then I wrote another letter to the editor that they didn’t print. But now I hear they put Mr. John Roll on paid leave. He wants to work, not be put aside like a ...

Fighting Russian fake news in upcoming election

Community Columnists

"He said to his friend, ‘If the British march By land or sea from the town tonight, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal light’.” Well, I’m no Paul Revere and my horse is lame But I’m hanging a lantern all the same This time the ...

Cecile Richards and the Culture of Death

National Columnists

There's a swagger in Cecile Richards' step as she conducts a book tour around the media surrounding her departure from the summit of Planned Parenthood after 12 years. Call it a victory lap. Everywhere she goes, adoring liberal interviewers ask her if she'll run for office next. After all, it's ...

Air Force’s latest comments on the B-52 are positive

Editorials

The Air Force has announced where its new B-21 Raider bombers will be based once they are built, and that is not at Minot Air Force Base. At least not initially. Some might say that is not positive news, but in actuality it is very good news. Why? Because it means that the United States is ...

The primary season has arrived

National Columnists

After months of speculation and shifting expectations, the midterm elections will start to really take shape in the coming two months. A dozen states will host primaries in May and a dozen and a half more in June. In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, we currently know both parties' ...

The vulgar goes mainstream

National Columnists

To be vulgar once earned societal disapproval, ostracism from polite company and -- in my grandmother's era -- put a young person in danger of having his mouth washed out with soap. Today, vulgarities are now mainstream. People speaking in a way that "would make a sailor blush" are now on ...

City should have seen gathering space delay coming

Editorials

The Minot City Council voted this week to ask the federal government to amend its Resilience Program to be able to spend up to $2.5 million acquiring property for the gathering space component of the multi-faceted plan. While the amendment is considered a substantial one, officials assert it ...

Heed Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Community Columnists

Are you doing enough to prevent skin cancer? May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and with summertime just around the corner, it’s time to remind yourself and your loved ones of the steps you should take to reduce your risk. Skin cancer is dangerous, but in most cases, you can prevent it. ...

Structure changes in Ward County probably a positive

Editorials

Not long ago, the Ward County Commission voted to remove human resources as an auditor’s office function and create a separate department. This week, the commission voted to separate technology from the auditor’s office, creating a stand-alone department, effective July 1. The commission ...

Smut night at the press dinner

National Columnists

Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who "speak truth to power," has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps. Comedian Michelle Wolf, the guest speaker, recited one ...

Learning from North Korea’s history

National Columnists

efore meeting with North Korea's "very honorable" (Trump's words) dictator, Kim Jong-Un, the president should bone up on the history of that country's duplicity and deception, including ways it has used the wishful thinking of some past U.S. presidents to achieve its objectives. A good place ...