Opinion

Media wail for Brennan and Clapper

National Columnists

Republican Sen. Rand Paul sent the media into another meltdown on July 23 when he called on President Trump to revoke the security clearance of former President Obama's CIA Director John Brennan. He charged that Brennan is "monetizing" his privileges by becoming an on-air analyst for NBC News ...

The policy of unintended consequences

National Columnists

One of the great lies of modern politics is that when a policy fails, it's because someone just didn't care enough. It's a nostrum repeated frequently: If President Trump were to only care more about immigrant children, he'd find a way to unite them with their parents; if Democrats were to only ...

Strawberry Lake investigation unlikely to leave many pleased

Editorials

Whatever the resolution of the Strawberry Lake inquiry into the incident that left one victim dead, it seems unlikely that any party is going to walk away satisfied. That just doesn’t happen frequently in incidents in which a child dies in such a tragic accident. A decision is expected as ...

Feds should pick up tab for pipeline protest costs

Editorials

While experts seem to feel North Dakota has little chance of success in its most recent demand from the federal government, based on legal precedent, ethically the feds should feel compelled to come to an agreement. Last week, ND demanded $38 million from the federal government to reimburse ...

Can we trust experts?

National Columnists

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Heeding its experts, a month before the election, The Washington Post ran an editorial with the headline "A President Trump could destroy the world ...

HUD keeps gathering space plan moving

Editorials

Thank goodness HUD has shown some reason and flexibility when it comes to National Disaster Resilience Program spending. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the City of Minot’s substantial amendment request, allowing the city to use up to $2.5 million to acquire ...

Trump can shut down his Russia critics with one bold move

National Columnists

If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: Announce he is moving out most U.S. forces currently stationed in Germany and sending them to Poland. The Polish government ...

Will New Jersey send a Republican to the Senate?

National Columnists

"This human nature is shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection." — Peter De Vries Or from reading the "public letter of admonition" sent by the U.S. Senate's Select Committee on Ethics to Robert Menendez, the Democratic incumbent seeking a third full term representing New ...

Closing of Ben’s Tavern will sadden many

Editorials

It’s too soon to mourn the loss of Ben’s Tavern since the cozy neighborhood bar is still open. But “Ben’s” day is coming. The tiny bar that outlasted a lot of fancier watering holes in this town will soon, we are told, become another victim of the Souris River flood of 2011. The ...

Trump stands his ground on Putin

National Columnists

"Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached. And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all. Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that his ...

In landfill issue, public deserves to hear real numbers

Editorials

From a handful of years to a handful of decades. From unpleasantly expensive to prohibitively expensive. From a difficult process to an impossible choice. From slight impact on neighbors to reviled, even dangerous impact. Discussion about a planned landfill expansion/new landfill has ...

An open letter to North Dakota Senator John Hoeven:

Letters to the Editor

Matt Gerszewski, Minot First of all, thank you for your service in the Senate. You were a solid governor of good mind and character, and fairly commonsense, moderate ideology, and you deserved a shot in D.C. I’m asking you to draw upon that mind, character and moderate inclination and seek ...

Time to junk racial quotas in higher education

National Columnists

"It's time for enlightened America to hit reset on affirmative action once and for all," writes Columbia University linguistics professor John McWhorter in The American Interest. By affirmative action, of course, he means the racial quotas and preferences that most selective college and ...

July flotsam and jetsam

Editorials

This time of year always fosters a slow news period. As if competing with those who weekend at one of the regional lakes, we also have standard summer vacations, a massive slowdown in local sports and of course, the North Dakota State Fair – the original monster of the midway. Fair ...

Is this not treason?

Letters to the Editor

Brad Mills,Jamestown On July 16th 2018, the President of the United States stood next to the lying murderous thug Russian president Vladimir Putin and took his side over our own country after 12 Russian operatives were indicted last week by American officials for illegal activities intended ...

Red-letter day for MDR

Letters to the Editor

Bob Ziegler, Minot Unreal! An anti-Trump cartoon in the Minot Daily Republican. Not overly anti, but showing him tripping on a rock titled “NATO” was not pro-Trump. Never thought I’d see the day. Now, if you can label him the sociopath that he is, and stop photo shopping the 666 off ...

Schumer cohorts deceiving ND voters

Letters to the Editor

Roscoe Streyle, Minot The Senate Majority PAC recently released a TV advertisement against Kevin Cramer. Within the ad, Kevin is allegedly supported cutting Social Security and Medicare in order to pay for the new Republican tax plan. A fact check by Valley News Live, however, revealed this ...

Time to bring Heitkamp home

Letters to the Editor

Dan Eberhart, Watford City Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently touted her support for North Dakota’s energy industry, boldly declaring she led the fight to repeal the oil export ban in 2015. Led the fight? First, understand that Heitkamp ultimately was a cosponsor of legislation written by ...