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Vote ‘yes’ on jail expansion

February 15, 2015 In less than two weeks voters will head to the polls a second time to decide whether to allow the county to issue bonds to expand the Ward County Jail. more »»

Property tax proposal is worth studying

February 15, 2015 Minot State Rep. Scott Louser introduced a bill into the Legislature that has not gotten a lot of attention but could ultimately be the most important bill in front of the state lawmakers. more »»

Practice cancer prevention each and every day

February 15, 2015 What do you do to prevent cancer? February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and a great time to make or renew your commitment to put your health first. more »»

Should economic policy include a senior discount?

February 15, 2015 We’ve seen senior discounts for buses. We’ve seen senior discounts at movie theaters. We’ve seen senior discounts in supermarkets. more »»

Never be surprised again

February 14, 2015 For those of us living in the Souris River Basin, this is a typical February, despite having little snow on the ground. more »»

A mixed papal blessing

February 14, 2015 When the Gallup poll last asked, Pope Francis was rated favorably by 76 percent of Americans (including 78 percent of Protestants and 73 percent of those with no religious affiliation) and... more »»

A divestment disgrace

February 14, 2015 Most maps show that California is part of the United States. That would make, by a fairly airtight chain of reasoning, the University of California also part of the United States. more »»

Measles, vaccines and autism

February 14, 2015 The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. more »»

Celebrating the wealth of talent

February 13, 2015 Reading our own pages we are reminded that Minot, the entire region in fact, is rich in culture. No snickering, new people. Minot indeed has an abundance of talent, including musical talent. more »»

Brian Williams: puffed up anchor, puffed up tales

February 13, 2015 By now everyone knows about his transgressions. If even only some of the reports are true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist. more »»

Why did Brian Williams do it?

February 13, 2015 These are tough times for NBC’s Brian Williams — and tougher times for journalism. more »»

Michelle Obama’s self-serving ‘cheese dust’ disdain

February 13, 2015 Before the nation’s Food Nanny guilt-trips you into ditching boxed dinners on a frazzled night, know this: The first lady profited from cheese dust before she was against it. more »»

Spend wisely for our troops

February 12, 2015 Four U.S. senators who may be viewed by some as unlikely allies are sponsoring a bill that could be one small step toward a rational defense spending policy. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. more »»

Fairness and justice

February 12, 2015 Oxfam reports that the richest 1 percent of people in the world own 48 percent of the world’s wealth. Many claim that we should be alarmed by income inequality because it hampers upward mobility. more »»

What makes Rand Paul strange

February 12, 2015 Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. more »»

National Prayer Breakfast ... let us prey

February 12, 2015 There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. more »»

Benefits don’t outweigh the downside

February 11, 2015 This week the North Dakota House will vote on whether to raise the tobacco tax for the first time since 1993. A proposal by Rep. more »»


February 11, 2015 As if we aren’t already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of... more »»

Mike Huckabee vs. Beyonce

February 11, 2015 Republican presidential candidates usually avoid any criticism of Hollywood, ever since Vice President Dan Quayle attacked “Murphy Brown” in 1992 for choosing to be a single mother on TV. more »»

President Obama: Rev. Wright’s star pupil

February 11, 2015 “A steady patriot of the world alone, “The friend of every country — but his own. more »»



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