Opinion

Minot, North Dakota cry out loudly for change

Editorials

This week's election demonstrated just how powerful the desire for change is within the electorate in Minot and in North Dakota.The message from Minot's council election was out with the old, in with the new. There will be several new faces on the council and that body will be lacking several ...

Mourners represent Minot well

Editorials

A hearty thank-you to those Minot and regional residents who took time out of their Monday nights to join a candlelight vigil at Oak Park. It was good to see the 40-50 people there on a cloudy evening lamenting Saturday night's terrorist attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Participants put ...

Today you earn your right to complain

Editorials

It's a time-honored tradition for newspapers to espouse the virtues of voting whenever the bell rings summoning people to polling places. The routine then involves discussing the value of voting, the cost of the right to vote and such terms as "sacred responsibility" and references to dismal ...

#Yes on #MakeMinot

Editorials

Minot voters who want to see the city improve and progress should vote for the proposal on Tuesday's ballot to alter the structure of the city council.That said, to be clear, Minot Daily News believes in principle that it is not the structure of a governing body that makes it effective. It is ...

Worried about a stacked deck

Letters to the Editor

Ben TollefsonMinotWith the city election coming soon, it is important for all citizens to be aware of the potential makeup of the Minot city council.Minot State University may have five employees making decisions in favor of MSU. Five MSU employees can easily influence three others on an issue ...

Take it slow, vote “No”

Letters to the Editor

Lianne ZeltingerMinotTuesday the vote is not about if we want change. It is a vote about one very specific change without being able to hear or debate the other proposals.A "No" vote will allow the discussion and open the debate to find the best form of government. Changing the government is ...

The facts behind the drama

Letters to the Editor

Melissa DeckertRugbyRecently, I have been surprised by the drama and emotional rhetoric expressed in the articles and letters to the editor concerning the District 14 Republican organization.I have been left wondering if this is the same District 14 that I have been a part of for more than ...

Vote ‘Yes” Tuesday for change

Letters to the Editor

Josh WolskyMinotOn Tuesday, we're all charged with offering our vote an important decision for Minot's future. City Council reform has been the topic of local conversations for the past ten months. And many have argued the question we're answering Tuesday is really a choice between Wards and an ...

Tired of character attacks

Letters to the Editor

Jon NelsonDistrict 14 RepresentativeI feel compelled to respond to a recent letter that was submitted by Albert Krueger, who is one of the candidates that is challenging Senator Jerry Klein, Rep. Robin Weisz, and me for District 14 Republican legislative primary endorsement.The one thing that I ...

Stumped by new math

Letters to the Editor

Jay SchulerWahpetonI don't understand the Stenehjem/Wrigley math. They continue to say we are in good shape. All we need to do is not fund the one offs (the one time expenses).If this is true why has our governor called for a 4 percent reduction in expenses and is looking for more in the ...

Stenehjem for GOP nominee

Editorials

Wayne Stenehjem should be the nominee from the Republican Party for governor.This year's battle on the GOP side reflects many of the themes of recent elections at all levels. In Stenehjem you have the insider, the veteran political hand with established relationships stable, if perhaps less ...

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Left, right and in between

Editorials

One of the arrows slung at newspapers and at newspaper editors on a regular basis is the accusation of being "biased," and most of the time the accuser is talking in a political sense. While this can boil down to being pro or con anyone or any issue, more often than not it has to do with ...

Not in my back yard, how about yours?

Letters to the Editor

Chantel WilliamsMandanI am writing to you as a member of the Back Country Horsemen of North Dakota, a concerned citizen, and as the daughter of a cattle ranching family. I grew up in the western end of North Dakota, in the National Grasslands, on the border of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. ...

Credit to Minot teachers

Letters to the Editor

Gary Kramlich IIBurke, Md.Next week, I complete my 19th year of public education at the U.S. Army War College. Rather than being a culminating event in military education and strategic thought, I instead move on with a wider sense of what I have yet to learn. Moreover, as I head into the final ...

Courthouse security a big concern

Letters to the Editor

Nancy BommelmanMinotI was in the courthouse the other day and as usual people who go to a courthouse are suppose to go through the scanner, which I did, no problem no bells no whistles.Then I notice all these people coming in NOT going through the scanner, including children. I also noticed ...

Remember the vote

Letters to the Editor

Wayne TuttleMinotAlderman Withus wants to return to the City Council as an alderman. Let's not forget he is one of the alderman who betrayed Minot when he voted "NAY" against a large corporation wanting to build a store in northwest Minot.In fact, it was during his term the same land was ...

Little to win, everything to lose

Letters to the Editor

Alice UrbanJamestownMy thoughts in regard to the Measure 1 vote on June 14th. I will be voting a strong "No" and one reason is because of what I have observed with the proposed animal factory or CAFO in the Buffalo area.I believe that proposal is a reflection on how corporations do business. If ...

Newcomers need to pay their dues

Letters to the Editor

Bill OngstadHarveyI am a longtime Republican activist in District 14. Mr. Fred and other anti-Common Core activists came to the District 14 reorganizing convention in the spring of 2015. No one expected them to show up and they elected the chairman and vice chairman of District 14.There are 13 ...

Enough trash talk, let’s vote

Letters to the Editor

Ben TollefsonMinotThank you Carl Schaller Jr. for your excellent letter to the editor published on May 22, 2016, where you outlined in detail the many concerns so many Minoters have about the proposed new garbage plan.Garbage pick-up and disposal is an important service for all. However, we do ...

Measure 1 could hurt ND if passed

Letters to the Editor

KC PullenMinotIn 1979, I left North Dakota to work for a Chamber of Commerce in Nebraska. The president to the CC at that time was also a banker. He called me one day and told me that he would be using the board room and that I was to be present, say not a word, but observe and see how "we do ...