Opinion

Better sanctioning perhaps needed for government violators

Editorials

The Belcourt School District was recently found by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem of having violated the state’s open records law by failing to provide copies of records within a reasonable period of time. In his ruling, “Stenehjem wrote that the Belcourt School District is to use ...

DMV difficulties

Letters to the Editor

Lloyd Kvam Minot During a recent visit to the Department of Motor Vehicle it took two days to get my license transferred from another state. The whole process could have been done in less than two hours during the first day that I was there. Signage, I believe, is the key. People need to ...

For Planned Parenthood, no doctors need apply

National Columnists

Poor Leana Wen. She took Planned Parenthood's propaganda a little too seriously. And now she's out of a job. For the longest time, Planned Parenthood has insisted that it's a health care organization and it only cares about abortion — supposedly a tiny share of its business — insofar as ...

Why would anyone want to be Governor?

Community Columnists

Speculation on the 2020 gubernatorial race has already begun and, for the incumbent, it looks more like a walk. There is no use in making a charade out of the whole thing so let’s put the political circles at ease by making an iron-clad prognostication: Governor Doug Burgum will be the ...

Road maintenance suggestion

Letters to the Editor

Chris Baker Minot We always seem to be wring our hands trying to figure out how to pay for road maintenance. May I suggest that, since all retail, local and internet, arrives at destination via roads, their maintenance should be funded by sales taxes. Good roads are more important to ...

False racism accusations don’t excuse the real thing

National Columnists

On a high wall overlooking the central court of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the words of novelist James Baldwin are etched in stone: "The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by ...

Avoiding the ‘Kool Aid’

Letters to the Editor

Steven Moen Minot I am extremely glad and grateful that our congressional delegation still represents the vast majority of North Dakotans and haven’t drunk any of the LBGTQ Kool Aid. Why should they toss 75% of the population, Christians, under the bus to kowtow to the misguided wishes ...

Great job Souris Valley

Letters to the Editor

Robert Teets Minot Kudos to Souris Valley Golf Course. Although it has been legal to sell beer at 11 a.m. on Sundays for a least five years. While all other local courses sell at 11 a.m., Souris Valley has not bowed under pressure and staunchly refuses to sell beer until noon. I admire ...

Democrats losing their way

Letters to the Editor

Dora Diepolder Rugby I am troubled. My parents were farmers in the “dirty ‘30s.’ The values of the Democratic Party of F.D.R. saved them and many others. For many years, those values were my values and they still are. But now we have a dramatic change. We have a Democratic Party ...

Visit Minot will continue having to rebuild after lull

Editorials

Minot Daily News wishes Phyllis Burckhard, now former Visit Minot executive director well in the next phase of her career and in her continued efforts in other capacities in helping promote the city she loves and has served through her Visit Minot position for the past five years. In an exit ...

A blood accounting

National Columnists

The other day on MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace asked her guest, Rep. Karen Bass, about President Donald Trump: "Other than endangering the lives of those four congresswomen that he targeted in those racist tweets ... Do you believe he'd have blood on his hands if there were a racially inspired attack ...

Beware the ‘inclusive language’ minefield

National Columnists

In the most liberal cities in America, the goal of maximum "inclusion" often requires an energetic scrubbing of language, especially gender terms. This week in California, the Berkeley City Council voted to amend its municipal code to achieve maximum sensitivity for the ever-increasing demands ...

Uranium, rattlesnakes and whiskey

Community Columnists

The other day, cops nabbed a guy driving around in a stolen car with his ex-con girlfriend, a gun, a bottle of whiskey, a rattlesnake, and some uranium. Somewhere in that sentence are the makings of a great country song. It’s almost too obvious to mention that this happened in Oklahoma, ...

Potential county tax increase will draw public ire

Editorials

There have probably been few years in which the possibility of a Ward County property tax increase of virtually any size would attract a great deal of attention – and not the good kind. Tax hikes are generally loathed on any occasion by most people, regardless of either their personal ...

Gagging investigators

National Columnists

Recording events from public land shouldn't be a crime. Yet when a woman in Utah, standing by a public road, filmed farmworkers pushing a cow with a bulldozer, the farmer drove up to her and said, "You cannot videotape my property." Soon the police came and local prosecutors charged her ...

Defund Lutherans for open borders now!

National Columnists

If you were shocked by the images of the Mexican flag flying over an Aurora, Colorado, immigration detention center this weekend, you'll be appalled at an even more disgusting spectacle: One of the top promoters of the so-called Lights for Liberty nationwide protests by Trump-hating, ...

Apollo 11 at 50

National Columnists

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA ("the space base," we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits. Along with people from around the world, I watched the lunar landing on ...