Opinion

Robert Lee, no E.

National Columnists

You know we’ve reached a point of — something — when a sports announcer named Robert Lee is reassigned from calling a University of Virginia college football game because of his contemporaneously unfortunate name. Lee reportedly agreed with ESPN that he should go elsewhere ...

MSU, YWCA extend helping hands

Editorials

Two similar programs, one old and one new, caught our attention last week. Both involve simple acts of kindness that could make a huge difference in the life of a recipient. First, the old. Minot State University has wisely continued its tradition of welcoming incoming freshmen with a Move In ...

Government transition working just fine, thank you

Editorials

Some of the chief arguments against the City of Minot’s still-new council structure focused on the ripple of challenges change would bring. Too many processes needed to be redefined, too many procedures on the books needed to be altered. There would be too much change, too soon, and it would ...

Business owners appreciate Minot’s finest

Letters to the Editor

Lenny and Pam Brewer Minot We are writing to send kudos of appreciation to the Minot Police Department. On Tuesday, August 15th, our business, Dakota Safety Strategies, was robbed. We are a small, start-up company that provides safety training for the oil and gas and construction ...

August flotsam and jetsam

Editorials

From time to time, Editor’s Notebook will offer not-entirely-random observations and thoughts based on recent news. My, we have some talented neighbors For those who might have missed it the past couple of weeks, Minot Daily News’s Arts section effort to spotlight local artists has been ...

Safe, clean water possible without the feds

Letters to the Editor

Ryan Wanzek Bismarck EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s visit to North Dakota marks a much needed transition of power from the federal government to state leadership. Washington’s bureaucracy continually enlarged itself for decades, making it increasingly more difficult for the ...

The difference between Heitkamp and Hoeven

Letters to the Editor

Vallie Needham Bismarck An ad was put out this week entitled “Heidi’s Hiding” and attacked her voting record including her vote against the GOP health care bills. This ad was obviously a spin-off of the “Where is Hoeven” campaign that has been gaining traction in Bismarck. The ...

Our ancestors saw Nazis for what they are

Letters to the Editor

Waylon Hedegaard Bismarck Sadly, white supremacy and Nazi ideology are on the rise across the nation and here in North Dakota. Four years ago, we all watched as Nazis and white supremacists tried to take over the small town of Leith for their own enclave, and many of us went down to protest ...

History repeating itself again

Letters to the Editor

Minot In connection with recent reports on city safety circulating in all forms of media, a look back to Minot events in 1895 might give some food for thought. In May 1895, the editor of the combined Ward County Reporter - Minot Journal wrote in the issue for Friday, May 31, 1895, on page ...

Poor choice of political cartoon

Letters to the Editor

Janet Hernes Mathistad Minot I was dismayed by the political cartoon you chose to run in Tuesday’s edition of the Minot Daily News: an African American couple holding a newspaper headlining Chicago weekend deaths, and then asking, “And we’re upset about statues?” The cartoon ...

Proud to have Hoeven in U.S. Senate

Letters to the Editor

Diane Lillis Bismarck I’m disappointed but not surprised about recent Democrat attacks against Senator John Hoeven. At the same time, they claim that he isn’t accessible, Senator Hoeven has been all over the state meeting with North Dakotans. In fact, I just read an article that ...

Free clinic filled a huge gap for years

Editorials

That do you do when you are sick and can’t afford to pay for treatment? What if your kids or aging parents get sick and there is no money to pay the bill? For nearly two decades, one of the options for area residents facing such dilemmas was the City & Country Health Clinic. No more. ...

Park District does magic with dollars

Editorials

Anticipating the proposed budget from the Minot Park District may have been nerve-racking for some, including many who enjoy the parks and programs offered in town. After all, the City of Minot and Ward County are each struggling with budgets, and the state struggled with the issue during the ...

Al Gore’s hype

National Columnists

I was surprised to discover that Al Gore’s new movie begins with words from me! While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, “‘An Inconvenient Truth’ won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. ‘Sea levels may rise 20 feet’ — absurd.” He used ...

There can never be enough support for our veterans

Editorials

This weekend, a PTSD Awareness Wheeler Run will depart from Enderlin’s Trio Bar & Grill. The event is a fundraiser, in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September), in memory of Staff Sgt. James Dammen and will benefit Service Dogs of America. Meanwhile, it ...

Historical hysteria

National Columnists

"The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find ...