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Opinion

Defending the indefensible

Community Columnists

While you were watching Kirk Cousins misfire in Green Bay, the real heroes were in Bismarck on Sunday. That’s where a politically-ambitious, preening Rep. Rick Becker headlined a Rally For Tone Deafness. Becker never met a mirror he didn’t like, and if the universe were just, he’d own ...

Trudeau scandal illustrates double standard

Editorials

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau ...

Good news

National Columnists

I rarely watch cable news anymore. It's all hysteria, all the time. CNN: "We are destroying the planet." MSNBC: "The middle class is disappearing!" President Donald Trump says drug trafficking "is worse than ever!" I'm glad my favorite magazine, Reason, cuts through the gloom ...

Change in gathering space funding would be a hard sell

Editorials

It isn’t as if Minot’s city council and administration have had many easy efforts to win over public support for their proposals in the past few years. Angered by taxes and what many see as failed projects such as the downtown parking ramps, or else seen as slow or unnecessary projects, ...

Facebook incites violent war on ICE

National Columnists

Abolish ICE thugs in Colorado want to see the homes and families of immigration enforcement officials set aflame. Denver communists want alien detention facility employees dead, swinging from nooses with broken necks. Both groups are brazenly using Facebook to spread their inflammatory and ...

Non-debate ‘debates’

National Columnists

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate — not even close. Here's how dictionary.com defines "debate": "A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative and ...

Racist exam questions?

National Columnists

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently sued the Baltimore County government alleging that its written test for police officer recruits was unfairly biased against black applicants. It turns out that black applicants failed the written test at a rate much greater than white applicants. That ...

Term limits a complicated but reasonable debate

Editorials

The issue of term limits for public office holders is a complicated one, even though both some advocates and some opponents might not see the other perspective. Advocates point to general public dissatisfaction with long-time, even virtually lifelong politicians. They correctly assert that ...

Not hard to believe North Dakota hardest working state

Editorials

There are those around the country, perhaps even here in North Dakota, who would probably be stunned to read Minot Daily News’ Sept. 14-15 edition story “Off to work we go” (https://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2019/09/wallethub-study-shows-nd-hardest-working/) which cites a ...

Hong Kong is a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’

National Columnists

Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng -- lawyer, writer and former legislator -- is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city's youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about Hong Kong's ...

Good choices for Hall of Fame

Editorials

During the evening of Sept. 24, three more inductions into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame will take place in Minot and the field of inductees this year is a good one. Most recognizable by name, perhaps, is former major league All-Star Darin Erstad. The Jamestown native will also be ...

The Invitation: Jesus calls us to focus on him

Community Columnists

The alarm rang and Josie groaned as she rolled over, trying to retreat back into the peaceful nothingness of sleep. As the alarm increased in volume and intensity her mind became more aware of the reality of this new day and all that was ahead of her. Her desire to go back to sleep remained ...

Ban on fracking is a road to disaster

Community Columnists

The Democratic presidential candidates seem to be racing to see who can make the most outrageous statements relating to energy with no regard to the facts or truth. This all seems like just crazy political talk, but unfortunately many people across the country hear it and believe it’s ...

Pope calls out foreign aid farce

National Columnists

Year after year, Congress votes to spend tens of billions of dollars on foreign aid. It's money down a rat hole. Congress should take a page from Pope Francis. On Friday, Pope Francis blamed foreign aid for corruption and destitution in Mozambique, a sub-Saharan country where he was ...

Prices keep rising but lives are still cheap

Community Columnists

There is little doubt that we are seeing a universal rise in prices. Nevertheless, lives are getting cheaper as society continues to tolerate deadly public policy, usually in exchange for money and power. For several years, we have failed to attack gun deaths with any degree of commitment. ...

A day off from politics, please

Letters to the Editor

Mike Monson, Minot As church goers, Lutherans are admittedly a pretty stoic bunch. Lutheranism has roots to Germany and Norway, countries whose people are characteristically stoic. That being said, it is probably safe to assume that most Lutherans don’t wear their political views on their ...

Online baby pics do not always amuse

National Columnists

My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don't know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren't even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I'm very close to the sender, I'll respond in a private message, "That's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen," ...

Thanks for the music

Letters to the Editor

ND Music Educators Association, Bismarck North Dakota values music education. This past session, the Legislature doubled down on its commitment to the importance of music in our public schools by investing $800,000, which will be allocated to every school district across the state. As ...