Opinion

Entertainment an oasis in holiday season

Editorials

Pace yourself! With the holiday season officially having arrived this weekend, the month ahead is going to be a busy one if your season looks like so many others. There will be friends and family and fun, for sure. There will also be packed schedules, long days and nights, parties, visits ...

How do N.D. Republicans stave off boredom?

Community Columnists

Now that Heidi Heitkamp is vanquished, her secret plan in conjunction with Nancy Pelosi to have MS-13 gang members invade the state to set up the Environmental Protection Agency’s world headquarters in Bismarck having been laid bare, you have to wonder what North Dakota Republicans are going ...

A lesson in racial politics from Florida

National Columnists

Now that, finally, the elections in Florida have reached a conclusion, there are lessons worth learning. One is on the subject of race. There was a fateful anomaly in racial voting in the governor's race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Rick DeSantis, now Florida's ...

The mixed bag of Black Friday

Editorials

Countless American consumers are out and about today and this weekend taking in the sales and spectacle of Black Friday and the now-traditional start of the holiday shopping season. Many even began the entire annual occasion yesterday on Thanksgiving itself, something that would have been ...

The ungrateful nation

National Columnists

Here are a few facts about America. The unemployment rate among those with a high school education is 3.9 percent. The poorest quintile of Americans have seen their post-tax incomes increase 80 percent since 1979, according to Congressional Budget Office data, and post-tax and transfer ...

Thanksgiving is about more than obvious blessings

Editorials

Today, a good percentage of Americans are taking stock of their blessings, of those things for which they are most thankful. That’s the essence of a Thanksgiving, however it might be often buried under Black Friday and other holiday shopping distractions, and other trappings of this time of ...

Crenshaw vs. liberal panic on press freedom

National Columnists

Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw of Texas first came to national attention when his looks — especially the patch over his eye that he lost serving in Afghanistan — were mocked on "Saturday Night Live." The NBC show amended its rudeness by putting him on the show the next week and allowing him ...

First responders warrant year-round thanks

Editorials

As many of us gather around the dinner table tomorrow with family and friends to observe the holiday, hopefully most will take a moment to consider those things for which we are thankful. Let’s make sure our first responders, our life savers and those who protect and preserve us are in our ...

We are regulating young families out of our state

Community Columnists

Generations of politicians in North Dakota have struggled to address a consistent problem facing our state. How do we get our young people to stay here? How do we get young people to move here to alleviate our chronic workforce shortages? Short of playing host to an oil boom, which did ...

Fruits of College Indoctrination

National Columnists

Much of today's incivility and contempt for personal liberty has its roots on college campuses, and most of the uncivil and contemptuous are people with college backgrounds. Let's look at a few highly publicized recent examples of incivility and attacks on free speech. Senate Majority Leader ...

The Florida fiasco ends

National Columnists

After two recounts -- one by machine, the other by hand -- after a concession speech by Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor, which was withdrawn and then re-delivered; after hordes of lawyers descended on the state to argue that "every vote should be counted," including mail-in ...

Democrats downplay impeachment after the Blue Wave

National Columnists

espite some Democratic calls for imminent impeachment against President Trump, many responsible party leaders are applying brakes to that notion, starting with would-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump has already warned that if the Democrats attempt to use their newly won House majority to ...

Good to see Parks, Rec merger talks progress

Editorials

When fair-minded people set a goal for themselves and are willing to work together to bring about change, progress can be pretty quick. Witness how quickly merger talks between Minot Parks and the Minot Recreation Commission continue to move forward. It wasn’t that long ago that it was ...

Minot Air Force Base a seasoned Thanksgiving host

Editorials

As many as 200 area senior citizens will have a happier Thanksgiving this year because of the men and women at Minot Air Force Base. Perhaps some of their parents were treated to a Thanksgiving meal in previous years; the traditional dinner at the base is that long in the tooth. Now in its ...

Amid complaints, a reason to give thanks

National Columnists

"It's the worst of times." The words are Charles Dickens', from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, polarized politically, economically, ...

More study needed on shortened school week

Editorials

It is not exactly new to education but the four-day school week is getting more attention these days. There is plenty to be cautious about with children’s education on the line. Or is it just the older generations that are more suspicious of a shortened school week? The concept, even though ...

Proud no more

Letters to the Editor

Clay Rein Minot First of all I would like to thank the editor for the opportunity for me to write this letter. I served as deputy Ward County auditor for 30 years. I never forgot who played me and why. I tried to serve the people of Ward County with dignity and grace. It was a privilege for ...