Opinion

A gift from our forefathers

Letters to the Editor

John Pietsch Minot For at least the last 23 years, Ward County has been taking private property from landowners without constitutionally-mandated due process and just compensation. The unconstitutional takings by Ward County have occurred during the plotting or outlotting of land less than ...

Proud to claim Jon Wefald as a Minoter

Editorials

A former Minot man will be honored today at Manhatten, Kansas, for his many accomplishments there. Jon Wefald wasn’t born in Minot but spent his formative years here; we are proud to say he is one of us. Say the name Bob Wefald in Kansas and you’ll likely get, “Who is that?” for a ...

The squeaky wheel gets the grease

Editorials

If there is anyone who doubts the effectiveness of civic involvement, of residents speaking up to have their voices heard and responded to on local issues that affect them, a good example is the ongoing debate over proposed 18th Avenue Southwest storm sewer improvements. As of now, Minot City ...

Trump’s tax win

National Columnists

If you’re hunting for a job, hoping for a raise or depending on a retirement account, your future hinges on President Trump’s next big undertaking, cutting taxes. And the picture looked rosy until last week. After the election, stocks soared on expectations that tax cuts would ignite an ...

The congressmen and the counselor

National Columnists

Tony Hall served in Congress for nearly 24 years, representing Ohio’s 3rd District. The Democrat left in 2002 to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, appointed by President George W. Bush. Hall laments how corrosive contemporary politics has ...

Deputy’s actions a credit to department

Editorials

It has always been this way to a certain degree, but certainly these days, law enforcement officers have to wear many hats – those of a lawman, a social worker, a negotiator and others. Don’t buy those mainstream media memes about police – they have to do all of this while also looking ...

Is health care a right or a good?

National Columnists

The political fiasco that unfolded last week as President Donald Trump and the Republican House leadership failed to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, is attributable as much to the failure of politics as it is to the failure of politicians to ...

Free market care

National Columnists

President Trump and Paul Ryan tried to improve Obamacare. They failed. Trump then tweeted, “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” But I do worry. Trump is right when he says that Obamacare ...

Delegation should oppose partisan ‘transparency’ bill

Editorials

One could easily argue that lack of transparency and the volume of money spent in political campaigns are among the taints on politics these days. One could argue that the the SUN (Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits) Act in Congress is at least a partial solution to the perceived problem. ...

Personality and policy

National Columnists

In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and ...

Educational sabotage

National Columnists

Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the ...

Sometimes it’s the little things

Editorials

This isn’t just spring – it is also the dawn of construction season in Minot, and it is pothole season. As illustrated in Minot Daily News, potholes are common in Minot and a nuisance to many. However, potholes are an example of “nuisance” issues that can easily evolve into much more ...

Governing by ultimatum

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — In a week that felt like a month, Americans got a clear view of Donald Trump’s governing style and also of his fabled dealmaking approach. Or rather, I should say, Trump got a good sense of what governing is like — hard, hard, hard. And it’s bound to get more ...

The Obama plot to sabotage Trump

National Columnists

Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons. Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump’s tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small ...

City could do worse than bet on technology jobs

Editorials

Minot is being asked to loan $375,000 to a company that hopes to create new jobs in Minot while serving existing markets and saving money for those local accounts. Sounds better than OK. But can Minot, some will wonder, afford to be making loans with risk involved considering current fiscal ...

First – do no harm

Community Columnists

In 1976, I finished my nursing degree and worked in an intensive care unit in Bismarck. Many of the patients I cared for came in with illnesses that could have been prevented had they accessed good health care. Years later, as a teacher, I helped prepare nursing students for what they would see ...

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Open letter to Sen. Heitkamp Heather Eagan Charlotte, Vt. In the summer of 1991, I participated in a triathlon at the Prairie Rose Games in Minot, North Dakota. At the time, I was a young teenage girl who was not an athlete, but who kept trying anyhow. Part way through the difficult and ...

County should toss rural right-of-way policy

Editorials

Private property rights are the bedrock of our Republic and one of the key principles on which our system is based. Property rights are a component of natural law, the basis of democracy and one of the motivations for the founding of the United States. Property is so essential to a free state ...

Norskes! Celebrate! The ‘Old Country’ is happy

Community Columnists

Rise up and celebrate, Norskes. The ‘Old Country’ may not have discovered the fountain of youth but it just won first prize as the happiest nation in the world. So plan an extra day at the North American Mecca for Scandinavians, the Hostfest in Minot September 27-30. Heck! This is a big ...

Come celebrate our veterans

Letters to the Editor

Max Zurcher Minot I can remember when children were seldom unhappy. Many of you older folks have those same memories. Our initiative was rarely destroyed on what we could do all because of our mother’s love for us. That would be hard to put in perspective in today’s world. Everything ...