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Opinion

Greetings from Minot State University …

Community Columnists

A few weeks ago, Kent Olson, Managing Editor of the Minot Daily News, contacted me to see if I would be interested in writing a monthly column. I jumped at the opportunity, and certainly appreciate the MDN seeking input from Minot State University for its newspaper. So, what you are reading ...

Election security funding critically needed

Letters to the Editor

Tammy Caldwell, Minot Our elections are still vulnerable to foreign interference. The national security community has confirmed hostile foreign powers like Russia, China, and Iran are already working to compromise our upcoming elections. That’s why the Senate’s refusal to pass ...

One Brand data comes at a perfect time

Community Columnists

The data unveiled recently as part of Minot’s One Brand campaign was something of an early Christmas present. The research, compiled by Odney and presented to community stakeholders on Dec. 9, showed that most Minot-area residents surveyed have a positive view of our community. In fact, ...

Thanks for giving

Letters to the Editor

Linda L. Randolph, Minot Many families in the Minot Community had a good Thanksgiving thanks to Terry Clayton and his friends who helped him reach his goal of serving as many of the Lords Cupboard Food Pantry clients as possible. Two deliveries of turkey and the trimmings totaled 492 ...

It’s not the gifts, it’s the moments

Community Columnists

Have you ever wondered how valuable your time is versus your money? Time is much more valuable than money, we can use our time to make money, but we cannot use our money to purchase more time. Believe me, I have checked! Can you remember what you spent your money on last year for Christmas ...

Wasted money

Letters to the Editor

Chris Baker, Minot Curious how One Brand did that survey with TAXPAYER MONEY! Who the heck are “community stakeholders with interest in Minot’s One Brand Campaign”? Wouldn’t that be the people who asked for the survey? Just a little self-serving, eh? Should that tiny sub-set of the ...

Women’s right to vote only first step

Community Columnists

On December 1, the “suffragettes” of North Dakota met at the State Heritage Center to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 giving women the right to vote. It was a long time in coming. Too long. Historians mark the beginning ...

Here we are again

Letters to the Editor

Ron Carlson, Bismarck So here we are at the same crossroad intersection and haven’t learned a thing from the long road we traveled to get here…. Some time ago some people did something…Saudi Arabians, belonging to the peaceful religion, training as pilots in this country declared, by ...

Recycling: Trash the idea

Letters to the Editor

Linda Carter, Minot It is time to review. Several years ago Jason Sorenson and his Merry Band (the city council) decided that Minot needed to have automated trash pick-up. After all Bismarck and Fargo had it and it seemed to be working fine. Since when do we need to keep up with the ...

Here’s a better idea

Letters to the Editor

Rhonda Francis, Minot Who pays for the Mayor’s & City Council raises? I haven’t had a raise in 26 years! As a homemaker, wife and caregiver. Let’s put $$ to better use for the public. Activity/Learning & play centers for the youth. And a warm water pool for MS, MD, RA, ...

Playing politics with presidency a desperate move

Editorials

It is a virtually foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives — Democrats in it, that is — will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. When that happens, it will go down as the most transparently political impeachment in history. Not a single Republican in the House is ...

Heroes are hard to find

Community Columnists

I’m an optimist, but in the wake of the Burleigh County Commission’s turbulent 3-2 vote to accept 25 refugees, it’s about realism. It’s not a victory. It sure wasn’t North Dakota nice. Let’s call it what it is — a start. We don’t get bonus points for doing the right thing. Not ...

Burleigh County made the right decision

Community Columnists

Let’s start here: North Dakota is a wonderful place. That was a subtext of the refugee resettlement debate in Burleigh County this last week, though one overlooked by most. The county commissioners had before them the opportunity to exercise a veto over continued refugee ...

US intelligence needs to ramp it up

Editorials

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Self-destructive Democrats push forward on impeachment

National Columnists

With American unemployment numbers at a 50-year low, with people working and with money in their pockets, stubborn House Democrats rush forward on their path toward madness. They insist on impeaching President Donald Trump, though they have no hope of securing a conviction in the ...

Working toward a better trade deal

Editorials

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...

An election too important to be left to voters

National Columnists

The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters. It’s obvious that President Donald Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper use of his power that should rightly be ...

Ill will to men (and women)

National Columnists

Apologies to Elton John, but in Washington and throughout so much of the country, can you feel the hate tonight? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporter James Rosen if she hates President Trump. She responded with an “if looks could kill” fire in her eyes and denounced Rosen for ...

Refugee resettlement means tough decisions for ND

Editorials

The Burleigh County Commission has decided to continue accepting up to 25 refugees for resettlement in the county. Based on public sentiment voiced to commissioners prior to the vote, the anticipation had been the county would become the first in the country to reject refugee resettlement under ...

ND opened its arms to oil workers, why not refugees too?

Community Columnists

The Trump administration has given the states and local governments the ability to opt-out of federal refugee resettlement. The feds, or the private groups doing resettlement for the feds, haven’t always been cooperative. City and county governments, not to mention school districts and ...