Opinion

Vital projects for Minot appear on track in Bismarck

Editorials

Despite some confusion with agencies and authority a few weeks ago, the two major water projects in the Minot area in need of state support appear to be still on track according to legislators who spoke to the community last weekend at a Saturday legislative forum. “I think there’s ...

Don’t punish academic achievement

Letters to the Editor

Liam Thrailkill Grand Forks My name is Liam Thrailkill and I am a graduate student at the University of North Dakota, where I am completing my MPA this semester. I have received the North Dakota Academic Scholarship since my freshman year of college beginning in the Fall of 2015, and ...

What to do with MSU?

Letters to the Editor

Andrew Varvel Bismarck Representative Louser has submitted House Concurrent Resolution 3021, a study resolution that recommends “that the Legislative Management consider studying the feasibility and desirability of privatizing Minot State University” and two other public colleges. If ...

So far, so good for Minot at Legislature

Editorials

Several bits of good news came out of Saturday’s legislative forum held in Minot at the State Fair Center. First of all, thanks again to the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce for planning the legislative forums held on certain Saturdays while the Legislature is in session. And, thanks to our ...

The problem with journalism and politics is us

Community Columnists

Between the BuzzFeed catastrophe and the Covington Catholic High School mess, I’ve been thinking a lot about journalism these past few days. This is a topic I’m not fit to weigh on, according to some. Not so long ago columnist Jack Zaleski wrote that I shouldn’t refer to my reporter ...

Gathering space progress is good news

Editorials

Working within federal or state regulation processes is not an easy thing to do. Under the best of circumstances, it can be ponderous. Which is why City of Minot progress on the downtown gathering space project is a good sign. From the City of Minot: The City of Minot on Friday sent the ...

Homeland Committee considers legislative actions

Community Columnists

"We got to get somebody down to that legislature,” asserted Orville Jordan as he burst into the town’s converted ZCBJ hall for a meeting of the Homeland Security Committee. All 12 of the other city electors were huddled around the old heater close to the stage. Orville was a retired depot ...

White boys, racist hats

Letters to the Editor

Bob Ziegler Minot So, a bunch of white boys, wearing racist hats, are taunted by some blacks. In retaliation, the white boys, whose school mascot is an Indian, (so of course they respect and tolerate other races) begin chanting and mockingly dancing, which upsets the elders, all because the ...

Possibilities, pandering and polarization

Editorials

As of this writing, it is cold but sunny and by local standards, darn pleasant. How different my perspective on little things like weather have become in over three years now in North Dakota! We talked about weather and the relativity of “nice” a lot this week. Along with my veteran ...

Is true journalism dead?

Letters to the Editor

Craig Argabright Minot Is true journalism dead? Where are the journalists that search the news, follow up, and answer the questions, who, what, where, when, and why? Where are the journalists that would research the topic and then report the complete truth rather than take a bit out ...

Reject USMCA

Letters to the Editor

Rose Chrsitensen Rogers Are we Americans gullible enough to believe that the new USMCA (United States Mexico Canada Agreement) promotes FREE TRADE when it consists of an 1809 page, 8 inch tall stack of rules and regulation for appointed, international bureaucrats to administer? Does all ...

Operation Prairie Dog is good for all of ND

Letters to the Editor

Jeffrey Skaare Dickinson As a life-long North Dakotan and a parent of two children, I hope that all North Dakotans support House Bill 1066, which reinvests oil taxes in western North Dakota and funds infrastructure across the state. The North Dakota Legislature has made significant ...

No fan of roundabouts

Letters to the Editor

Joan Peterson Minot Have I ever driven through a roundabout intersection? No, I wasn’t able to drive through, but rather round and round and round until I was in total exasperation as it was evening and I could not find my cousin’s street. I experimented by taking a street to see if ...

No new taxes

Letters to the Editor

Robert Hale Minot In 2012, Measure 2, an initiated measure to constitutionally abolish property taxes in North Dakota, was soundly defeated by North Dakota voters. Opponents of the measure, lead by state legislators, acknowledged that property taxes were woefully out of control and needed ...

No trespass/ no hunting bad idea

Letters to the Editor

Dick Monson Barnes County In every session of the ND Legislature a No Trespass/No Hunting bill comes forward from a few people. Thankfully it has always been soundly defeated in the Legislature as a bill that is a perennial bad idea. Our current recreational access law allows ...

On collective bargaining

Letters to the Editor

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck Law enforcement and firefighters have a difficult, dangerous and necessary job in this state, and most North Dakotans fully support them and appreciate what they do. Every one of our public officials wants to be seen as pro-law enforcement, pro-firefighter and ...

Confession and apology

National Columnists

For the past two years, I have defended the press from President Donald Trump's criticism. Having worked at both CNN and Fox News, I know the good hard work so many reporters do to provide us with the news. We have a president who found a way out of going to Vietnam, and we have reporters who ...

Tollefson family makes generous donation to Minot

Editorials

Since a location was announced last July for the proposed Magic City Discovery Center, Minot has witnessed an outpouring of generous donations for this worthy cause. The most recent announcement came earlier this week when it was made known that the Tollefson family of Minot would donate ...

The NFL recovers from kneeling frenzy

National Columnists

The National Football League is back on top of the ratings heap after both conference championship games were so competitive they spilled into overtime. Sunday's New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs game drew 53.9 million viewers to CBS — a shocking 27 percent increase from last year ...