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Opinion

Genuine human kindness is also spreading

Community Columnists

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, we are reminded daily that North Dakota is not immune from the health concerns and societal repercussions of the virus. But we also are witnessing events daily that remind us that we, truly, are all in this together. The number ...

Media scaring the public

Letters to the Editor

Steve Moen, Minot I don’t know about you but I’m fed up with being inundated with coronavirus breaking news by the news media. Enough already, it’s here and we have to deal with it but we don’t need the fake news constantly and deliberately scaring us with various models whose ...

Coronavirus brings pontius pilate anxiety

Community Columnists

"This emergency anti-virus meeting of the Homeland Committee will come to order,” announced Chairperson Ork Dorken as he rapped the head table with his genuine Coke bottle. “Security Officer Garvey Erfald will take the roll.” Garvey stood up and glanced around the room, counting 11 ...

This is war

Letters to the Editor

Milo Buchholz, Fingal For over 25 years, I have written about rocketry destroying the Earth. Most of my letters have fallen on deaf ears or in the shredders. If there was ever a time when we had to lock our arms together and lock up the launch pads for five years wolrdwide, now is the ...

Congress needs to correct stimulus bill

Letters to the Editor

Gene Nygaard, Crosby What? Donald Trump wants his signature on relief checks? Unconscionable, but how can we disregard reports to that effect? Congress needs to immediately pass technical corrections to that bill stating that: Checks will be issued the normal way, by the United States ...

Clean air, fair royalties

Letters to the Editor

Joletta Bird Bear, Mandaree The owners of the minerals beneath Trust lands on the Ft. Berthold Reservation, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples, are not being paid for oil companies unnecessarily wasting the gas we own. Ft. Berthold POWER has entered a lawsuit to protect MHA citizens, ...

We will survive this

Letters to the Editor

Dan Reinhard, Minot It is true that we have a long battle ahead but I have no doubt that we will defeat the devious virus enemy around us. It is the pessimist that broadcasts the destructive elements of any affliction that we may suffer through. Some of them can reach the depths within ...

Reflections of a 19-year-old

Letters to the Editor

Jayde Lindbo, Minot It is in times like these that I slow down to look at the reality of what’s going on and quit being so selfish. I think we all fall into this once in a while. Normally I am not too ecstatic to get out of bed at 6 a.m. every day but lately, I have not minded it as ...

There will be a day of reckoning

Editorials

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

Surrounded by ordinary heroism

National Columnists

My editor groaned when I told her the subject of this column. In a moment, you’ll be groaning, too. Last week in this space, I opined upon “the quiet death of an Italian priest.” Giuseppe Berardelli was 72 and died of the novel coronavirus. This happened, I reported, after he gave away ...

Punish the vicious and greedy COVID-19 profiteers

Editorials

Evil never allows a good crisis to go to waste. So it is with the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Already, U.S. Customs agents have seized a shipment of counterfeit COVID-19 test kits, shipped to Los Angeles International Airport from the United Kingdom. Someone decided to make a killing — ...

The mercurial political fortunes of Joe Biden

National Columnists

Seldom before has a major American politician endured greater ups and downs in his career than the former vice president from Delaware. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 at age 29, weeks before he was old enough to qualify and serve, he lost his young wife and infant daughter in a car ...

The unsung heroes

National Columnists

Congress passed and the president signed a $2 trillion “stimulus” bill. “Not enough!” shrieked politicians. They said the government must do more. They demanded President Donald Trump reactivate the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law that lets government force companies to make ...

Parents a big part of the learning process

Editorials

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason we still ...

PBS and NPR offer journalism by liberals for liberals

National Columnists

The enormous coronavirus stimulus package was festooned with goodies for key Democratic constituency groups including $75 million in “emergency” funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which offers grants to PBS and NPR stations. That’s on top of the half-billion Congress ...

Can this pandemic usher in a new era?

National Columnists

To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq. When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of the pandemic, Russia reciprocated. Moscow announced it would cancel its war games along NATO’s border. Nations seem to be recognizing and ...

Lawmakers, Trump did right thing to move quickly on CARES Act

Editorials

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

America’s dangerous dependence on China must change

National Columnists

The coronavirus epidemic that’s crashing the U.S. economy, putting lives at risk and derailing our entire way of life should serve as a wake-up call that the U.S. government must stop being reliant on China and other foreign nations for prescription drugs, medical supplies or any supply chain ...