Opinion

Farm tax exemption needs reform

Editorials

It’s surprising that there are mixed feelings among farmers about the farm property tax exemption. One might assume that farmers would support the exemption whether or not they qualified under new regulations or not. Instead, while some farmers and organizations representing agricultural ...

Kulm waits to see if white supremacist is coming to town

Community Columnists

KULM — The concern in Kulm began with a Facebook post from Shannon Maresh, the granddaughter of white supremacist Gordon Winrod. Maresh, formerly Shannon Leppert, wrote that her grandfather was “setting up shop” in the old Kulm school. “We are all ‘blood sucking Jews,’ whatever ...

Grant good, but money alone can’t solve opioid threat

Editorials

News this week that Minot will receive a $180,000 state grant to strengthen its efforts to treat opioid use disorders and improve community education is great news for Minot and for the Mayor’s Committee on Addiction, which has been meeting to look at holistic ways to address the threat. ...

Armageddon postponed

National Columnists

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the ...

The group that got ignored in Charlottesville

National Columnists

The “alt-right” is evil. White supremacism is evil. Neo-Nazism is evil. I’ve been saying these things my entire career; I’ve spent more than a year slamming various factions on the right that refuse to disassociate from and condemn popularizers of the racist alt-right. The media, ...

Positive news on several fronts this week

Editorials

The country has been gripped by bad news lately, from ridiculous protests turned violent to crazy foreign leaders thinking they need nukes to negotiate for international public assistance. Fortunately there has been a spate of good news here at home as of late – it has remembered how to ...

If we erase our history, who are we?

National Columnists

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson. Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, ...

Zoo could become a prime attraction for Minot

Editorials

A slew of ideas have been discussed, debates have raged and it has all often ended up in hands thrown up in the air for some. While some communities in our region have developed event centers and similar institutions to act as prime visitor draws, Minot has not. Here, instead, we have chosen to ...

Diversity flaps are often manufactured

National Columnists

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had hired me, but that it had dropped Robert Scheer, an old-style, ...

Out-of-pocket expenses add up for teachers

Editorials

Nobody – well, hardly anybody – brings teacher an apple these days. That tradition vanished years ago. That is a shame. Afterall, today’s teachers are no less important than those of a generation or two ago. Some would argue the teacher of today is of more value to society than our ...

Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression

National Columnists

Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage of men and women, of whites and blacks and Latinos and Asians, in every line of work and occupational category? If your answer is yes, and that any divergence from these percentages must necessarily result from oppression, then you qualify ...

Risk of abuse, principles mar home release

Editorials

North Dakota’s policy on the home monitoring option for those convicted to serve time in jail is problematic for a couple of reasons. As reported in last week’s Minot Daily News, the North Dakota Legislature voted to pass the Re-investment Act. In summary, the Re-investment Act directed ...

Call it the ‘cost of living in Minot’ tax

Letters to the Editor

Troy Johnson Williston I see a solution to Minot’s money problems, to start with, do what the oilfield does, lay everyone off, start over at a lower wage, take all the benefits away, including vacations and start from scratch. Also the ones that can’t get laid off gets a 10 percent cut, ...

Washington, Ike, guns, littering and Russians

National Columnists

In his farewell address, George Washington warned us about the evils of political parties, claiming that they “distract the public councils “and “agitate the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindle the animosity of one part against another, foment occasionally riot ...

Proactive communication helps keep residents informed

Editorials

This weekend, Minot Daily News enjoyed a visit from City of Minot administrators and staff. The subject was the 2018 proposed working budget. Their objective was to explain the lengthy document and to answer questions. To be clear, it was informational and not a lobbying effort. In fact, it was ...

City staff could turn down annual raises

Letters to the Editor

Wayne Rowe Minot I have just read the article titled: “So Let’s Cut the Budget.” The news video I saw online suggested that every department including the airport will experience cutbacks. I was a city employee at the airport until July of this year. Sorry, but unless they plan on ...

Hats off to the Pioneer Village

Letters to the Editor

Margaret Hass Minot We have so many things to enjoy in Minot no one can deny but being part of our pioneer’s life at the Pioneer Village is one of the best for both the young and old. The Veterans display in the museum is something all should see. It makes you so proud of our Veterans and ...