Opinion

Justice system unequipped to deal with mentally ill

Editorials

Ramsey County District Court Judge Donovan Foughty recently rightly asserted that the justice system fails those with mental illness, which then has the effect of putting tremendous strain on that very system. Foughty is correct, as many people from attorneys to family members of inmates ...

Rosenstein joins the posse

National Columnists

"With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation,” writes Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. What had Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein done to be welcomed home by the Post like the prodigal son? Without consulting the White House, he sandbagged President Trump, ...

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

National Columnists

ASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal ...

Senior pranks seem harmless, but fraught with risk

Editorials

It’s hard to fault a group of high school kids out to have a little fun at the close of the school year by throwing water balloons at other students and staff in their school’s lunchroom. It’s also hard to fault administrators wanting the troublemakers charged with something. By now ...

Demotic politics of Theresa May — and Donald Trump

National Columnists

DURHAM, England — When I first visited England to cover a British election 20 years ago this month, there were striking similarities between British and American politics. In Britain, Tony Blair’s Labour Party was about to sweep to a landslide victory after 18 years of Conservative Party ...

The guardrails can’t contain Trump

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) ...

Compromise should be goal in right of way debate

Editorials

Two opposing sides have carved out intractable positions when it comes to the contentious rural Ward County right of way issue. On one hand, farmers feel the county policy is a land grab – yet another example of insensitive, imperial rule by a body with precious little concern for rural and ...

Libertarians on the prowl for licensing boards

Community Columnists

Quoting a dubious bit of research, Mark Holden, senior vice president of Koch Industries, alleged in an opinion piece sent to North Dakota newspapers last year that repeal of occupational licenses in the states would create three million new jobs and save consumers over $200 billion. With ...

Finding the story

Community Columnists

As long as there are humans around, there will certainly be no shortage of stories to find. I’m not complaining. If I’m going to be a journalist, stories are going to be my bread and butter. The other day, a friend approached me and asked, “How do you come up with your stories? Are you ...

Doing great things, at Head Start

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot I would like to recognize my wife for 38 years of unwavering service to children and parents of this community. Because of budgetary cutbacks, May 31 will be Diana Reiner’s last day at Minot Head Start. Diana has dedicated her career to working with infants and ...

Fire and Brimstone

Editorials

While there have been plenty of things going on around the Minot Daily News office lately, obviously the fire at Earth Recycling was the dramatic story of the week. That’s pretty typical; fires are the quintessential newspaper spot reporting occasion. When they teach a lot of essential ...

Minot comes through for postal office food drive

Letters to the Editor

Sue Hamilton Minot The Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry of Minot, ND wants to give a BIG thank you to the Minot community for giving so generously during the United States Postal Service annual food drive held Saturday, May 13, 2017. Close to 5,000 lbs. of food was given to the pantry. We ...

Help fund Trump’s opposition

Letters to the Editor

Richard Shafer Grand Forks Polls say about 40 percent of Americans support President Trump and that support appears to be declining. These supporters are questionable patriots if they are so willing to cheer Trump on as he continues his assault on American democracy, America’s ...

Ness’s views go beyond alternative facts

Letters to the Editor

Dexter Perkins Grand Forks The boogie man is coming and the sky is falling. That pretty much sums up the recent news from Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Ness claims environmental extremists plotted and stopped the Senate from repealing a rule that limits ...

Anti-Trump conspirators planning a coup

Letters to the Editor

Steve Moen Minot I truly believe what we are witnessing in this country is a coup attempt by the mainstream media, the left wing of the Democrat party and some never Trumper Republicans to overthrow a legitimately elected president of the U.S. who won fair and square. These people ...

Earth Recycling fire No. 2 was avoidable

Editorials

Minot and area residents were indeed lucky on Thursday when a favorable wind direction kept much of the smoke from the Earth Recycling fire from blanketing the city. True, the smoke could be seen from as far south as Max, downwind, and Mohall to the north. But the thick, black plume that ...

Good news at Ward County Jail

Editorials

It’s been a rough few years at the Ward County Jail. Beset with mismanagement and eventually a scandal now playing out with at the highest level of county government, the jail became an embarrassment and a black eye to this community. However, what can’t get lost in the melange of high ...

No doldrums ahead in North Dakota politics

Community Columnists

Perhaps it is natural to feel a bit let down after so interesting, exasperating, divisive and ultimately indecisive a legislative session as we North Dakotans have just come through. This feeling seems rather like the nostalgia at the end of a sports season, after the trophy has been hoisted, ...