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Opinion

Rotten education isn’t preordained

National Columnists

Black politicians, civil rights leaders and their white liberal advocates have little or no interest in doing anything effective to deal with what’s no less than an education crisis among black students. In city after city with large black populations, such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, ...

Handling of Flynn case needs to be pursued

Editorials

Regardless of our political leanings, what happened to Michael Flynn should concern every American. While we should insist on details about his case, a more important question needs to be answered: How many other people have been treated similarly by the FBI and other law enforcement ...

Biden’s most ridiculous veep prospect

National Columnists

Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she’s among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever. Her attempt to leverage a failed Georgia gubernatorial bid into a spot on the Democratic ticket is so brazenly absurd that it’s hard to think ...

COVID-19 to elections 2020

National Columnists

With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy has now officially transformed into presidential politics 2020. Let’s recall that prior to the crisis, the nation appeared quite pleased with the leadership that President Donald Trump was ...

Peace with Taliban is conditional

Editorials

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, observant Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and ...

Respect for veterans is due every day

Editorials

We were moved by the statement Gov. Doug Burgum made in observance of Memorial Day. Burgum commemorated the day by delivering remarks during a virtual ceremony livestreamed from the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery near Mandan and in a video message as part of the virtual ceremony for the ...

Pandemic makes end-of-life care harder

National Columnists

I just lost a dear elderly friend to cancer. Home hospice workers kept him comfortable. He spent his final weeks watching spring unfold in the outdoor Eden he had nurtured for decades. He died peacefully at night with me present. My friend’s death had little to do with COVID-19. One can ...

Memorial Day – A day to remember

Editorials

Memorial Day is a holiday perhaps unlike all others. There is little pressure on most of us. We generally aren’t expected to host big gatherings that take days or weeks to prepare for. There are few decorations to put out – just an American flag if we choose to even do that. It’s here ...

The Game of truth

National Columnists

When newly minted White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took the stage last week for the first time — the first time a Trump press secretary has issued a formal conference in over six months — she encountered a ravenously bloodthirsty media gaggle. It was ready to pounce. Would they ...

Live by the lie. Die by the lie

National Columnists

As I have on numerous occasions, last week, I wrote about the double standard that has become prevalent in the United States and the media’s role in perpetuating that duality. Republicans, conservatives and others on the right must expect to endure false accusations, character smears and ...

Honoring those who have sacrificed

Community Columnists

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the healthcare professionals, who are saving others and risking their own lives ...

To lock down or not

Letters to the Editor

Phil Weigel, Minot There was a comment about Coronavirus, or as I like to call it, Beer Virus, that came across as a bit ignorant on the weekend of May 16-17th of The Minot Daily News. This comment of “Are people so ignorant that they can’t realize the spread was not as fast BECAUSE we ...

Annie Glenn, American Hero

National Columnists

In 2012, Annie Glenn and I were doing what we so often did, which was to sit side-by-side in a quiet place offstage, waiting for our extroverted husbands to finish speaking to a crowd. We had been close friends for six years by then. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was running for reelection to ...

ND facing realities of coal decline

Community Columnists

With the closure of the state’s largest power plant a certainty in 2022, North Dakota is forced to accept the realities facing a coal industry that has existed since settlement days. Great River Energy, a Minnesota company, announced recently that it was closing its Coal Creek Station near ...

Weather Mod in a cloud of secrecy

Letters to the Editor

Keli Anderson, Minot Weather modification is a hot topic right now, because of the current ballot measure to decide its fate in Ward County. I am voting no because I have several issues with the project. One is the secrecy around who decides when and where cloud seeding flights take place. ...

$4.2 million and we still get hail

Letters to the Editor

Lianne Zeltinger, Minot We must vote no on the Weather Modification measure on the June 9 primary ballot to stop this expensive and ineffective project in Ward County. Ward County and the state of North Dakota have spent over $4.2 million on the Weather Modification Project since 2006. We ...

How Biden could be handing Trump his reelection

National Columnists

In national polling, former vice president Joe Biden is the clear 2020 front-runner. He’s up nearly 5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average; he’s up in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. That’s because Biden campaigned as the anti-Bernie Sanders: a “return to ...

Small investment saves ND $2 million annually

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Tanya Spilovoy, Bismarck I am excited to vote for Thomas Beadle for State Treasurer. He has been a leader for our state in the Legislature and has been instrumental in bringing new education technologies to our state. I met Thomas after he introduced legislation in 2013 to reduce ...