Opinion

Perceptions are that Trump’s policies are working

National Columnists

Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up ...

A leisurely drive down the wrong road

National Columnists

"We all want progress,” C.S. Lewis wrote, “but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” This has always been one of my favorite distillations of ...

First day of spring promises much

Editorials

You don’t hear anybody cheering for the first day of winter. Summer, maybe. Fall? Nope. But spring. Oh, rain or shine, there is the promise of better days to come. Kites buoyed aloft by gentle breezes, May baskets, cookouts. Soon farmers will be planting seeds in the ground, not knowing ...

Feds’ role in fighting drug abuse is debatable

Editorials

Bravo for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her appearance in Minot last week to discuss with concerned residents and professionals the critical challenge of opioid abuse. In the past, denial might have hindered efforts to have discussions like these so it was good to see the dialogue happening. ...

New garbage containers a wonderful idea

Letters to the Editor

Brad Haugeberg Minot It seems that some are critical of the new concept in how the city intends to collect garbage. I’m sure that many years ago when municipal sewer was suggested there were those that opposed the cost as they were proud of their outdoor privy and stated why change. I ...

Sharing news with neighbors

Editorials

Over the past year, I have written several times about the distinct personal relationship people have with their newspaper; a relationship unlike that people have with other businesses. Many people feel that their local newspaper is similar to a public utility, rather than a private business ...

There is still hope for a Kemp-like champion

Letters to the Editor

Jim Lein Minot We’ve been here before, with a Republican president proposing to cut services to needy citizens. That was Ronald Reagan back in 1981. Among his proposed cuts was Supplemental Security Income, a program serving the blind, disabled and elderly poor. This included those ...

Trying to save democracy in the ‘fake news’ age

Community Columnists

Rep. Mike Schatz, R-New England, a former social studies teacher, lost House Bill 1337 that would require high schools to teach “the Federalist Papers, the structure and relationship of the federal government and state and local governments, and the role of separation of powers and the powers ...

Western ND needs new bridge

Letters to the Editor

Troy Johnson Williston Now that we have a “jobs” president, maybe our 2 state senators and our 1 representative will want to get in on some job creating projects. If they want to start building infrastructure let’s start with a new bridge straight south of Tioga crossing the ...

Heitkamp is ducking Concerned Women of America

Letters to the Editor

Linda Thorson ND CWA State Director Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND) has frequently chosen not to meet with me, the North Dakota State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA). Since February, repeated attempts have been made to meet with the Senator about her vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as ...

Thanks for the help

Letters to the Editor

Willie Ressler Minot On behalf of Special Olympics North Dakota, thank you to the city of Minot for hosting the 2017 State Basketball Tournament. The Minot community played a significant role in providing 54 games for 46 teams comprised of more than 410 athletes from across North Dakota ...

Extra cost of new trash plan is worth it

Letters to the Editor

Tim Reiten Minot I’ve noticed a lot of letters to the editors complaining about the city’s new policy on trash collection. I instead, applaud the new system of using using trash receptacles to place our garbage in. After many years away I recently retired from the broadcasting ...

State should fund Double Ditch repairs

Letters to the Editor

Tanner Ray Carlson Baldwin Double Ditch Indian Village is a powerful place for me. I learned how to ride a bike on the path which abutted the site before that fell into the river after the 2011 flood. Each summer I pause for water breaks at the site while cycling to town. My 4-H club has ...

Healthcare is simple

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot Healthcare is simple. The waste, fraud, and abuse by rogue doctors, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, and scam artists destroys the right of citizens to healthcare. The tens of millions who are uninsured will cost the rest of us one way or another, so throwing ...

Sale of St. Joseph’s Hospital has lasting effects

Editorials

For many Minoters, the sale of St. Joseph’s Hospital was not a positive moment in their lives, or in their view, in the history of Minot. It is a sore spot some just haven’t healed from. That was to be expected. Understood. Accepted. One of the more surprising aspects of that ...

Flood insurance is only reasonable choice

Editorials

It is entirely possible that Minot will go years, decades even, without another devastating flood event such as that of 2011. It is entirely possible that flood protection for the Minot region is put in place by then and helps stave off a devastating flood event. If there is one thing everyone ...

Another ND gambling bill flies under the radar

Community Columnists

North Dakota’s Legislature is doing its best to expand gambling and, possibly, punch the state’s charitable gaming in the gut. We hope the latter is an unintended consequence, but with this group of lawmakers you can never be sure. You know about Rep. Al Carlson’s last-second proposal ...

Affordable housing need reflects inflated rental market

Editorials

It’s good to see the City of Minot moving forward on the affordable housing component of the National Disaster Resilience funding plan – make no mistake. The Park South Apartment project and similar efforts will be beneficial, and it is good to see progress being made generally on the ...