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Community Columnists

Amidst a pandemic, completing the semester online at MSU

I fully realize you might be tiring of reading news related to COVID-19, and thus looking for another subject to temporarily take your mind off current circumstances. However, as this serious public health crisis expands and the virus continues disrupting daily life for people across the globe, ...

A call to action

The North Dakota AFL-CIO, the federation of labor unions in North Dakota, urges the North Dakota Legislature to immediately take swift and decisive action to help working families through these difficult times. COVID-19 has and will take a major toll on our working families, union and ...

ND Has a Lot of Social Distance

While most people have been badmouthing the coronavirus, I am trying to look on the positive side. This hope that we will bounce back the better is unfounded. We need to search for the good side of the virus attack. So far, there are two positives, pun not intended. If North Dakota plays its ...

WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD!

The grocery industry of the USA and particularly North Dakota is working overtime to meet the needs of our customers. The spread of COVID-19 has certainly changed the way our industry operates, but it has not stopped the cows from milking, the corn from becoming cereal and the fruit trees ...

COVID-19: Protecting ourselves from ourselves

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control has recommended that residents across the United States practice social distancing – and, yes, that includes us here in Minot, too. Social distancing, in short, means staying away from other people as much as ...

Lowering the coal industry down gently

In 25 years, the North Dakota coal industry will be gone. By 2050, the evidence of earth warming will be so strong that the naysayers and deniers will be forced to surrender the untenable position that they have adopted today. As polar ice melts into the oceans, gobbling up the coastlines ...

North Dakota will need the Legacy Fund earnings

he Legislature is considering whether we should spend Legacy Fund earnings. They’ve heard many spending ideas. The Fund has $6.8 billion today. The Legacy Fund was approved by the voters in 2010. It was designed to convert oil revenue, into cash and create a permanent fund for future ...

Virus pandemic at our doorstep

With the possibility of a 2020 virus pandemic, it is time for North Dakotans to be reminded of the devastation that occurred in the country and the state when influenza raged in 1918. It gives us a serious lesson so that we don’t take the threat too casually and expect to continue life as ...

UND women’s hockey handed a bad deal

"Be slow to anger,” the Good Book says. On March 29, 2017 – four years ago this month – the University of North Dakota made a critical mistake when it arbitrarily shut down the successful women’s Fighting Hawks hockey team. By now, it’s okay to be angry. Four years is long ...

When tragedy strikes, our community responds

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind ourselves of what’s really important. The fire at the Hall’s Apartment building in downtown Minot on Feb. 26 was yet another example of the overwhelming number of good people who live in our community. I’m always proud to call Minot my home, and ...

Time for a Legacy Fund earnings plan that invests in North Dakotans first

Voters in North Dakota charged our government with investing in the future by creating the Legacy Fund using oil and natural gas revenues. They entrusted the state legislature with this precious perpetual resource, and we have had nine years to decide how to equitably invest the earnings while ...

All refugees want is a home

When we don’t have the courage to admit we are bigots, we take the circuitous route by claiming our objections are based on costs and the rumors we hear from other bigoted observers. That is what is happening in North Dakota in the refugee resettlement program. The first unfounded rumor I ...

Hiring process / probationary year

Thirty-two years ago, I made a choice to join the volunteer fire department in my small community. I knew several people serving and wanted to do something to help the community. Little did I know, that decision would change my life and begin the greatest adventure I could imagine. I enjoyed ...

Flood map appeal makes sense for Minot

The City of Minot is investing in an official appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood risk maps that will result in significant savings for area residents. The City Council’s decision on Feb. 18 to file an appeal could delay the implementation of the flood risk maps by ...

Pain of true believers in body politic

The country is now in the grips of a mysterious bout with polarization not seen for generations in American society. Hate and anger seem to have displaced civil discourse and honest disagreement. For some strange reason, we are an unhappy people in a time of impressive prosperity. The economy ...

And so history repeats itself

"History repeats itself because no one was listening the first time” is a long standing truism, reaffirmed by people who are unteachable. Not too long ago, I wrote a column claiming victory for the Democrats in the fall but with a note of encouragement for the president. With a historical ...

City weighs needs vs. wants every day

A pair of recent letters to the editor in The Minot Daily News focused on a topic that municipal governments deal with on a daily basis: Needs vs. wants. In the first letter from two weeks ago, it was noted that in 2016, Minot’s budget was roughly $125.7 million, while the budget for 2020 ...

Equal Rights Amendment ratified … maybe

By being the thirty-eighth state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the Virginia Legislature recently declared that it had made the amendment a part of the U. S, Constitution. The Amendment was proposed by Congress to guarantee women equal rights and submitted it to the states for ...

New maps are coming to many ND landowners, so here’s what they need to know:

In the coming weeks, many North Dakota landowners are going to receive new maps from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS), and they will have 40 days to do something about it. I wanted to take a moment to explain what they are, how they can affect their life, and what they can do about ...

The hopeless hunt for voting fraud

The election of 2020 will be the culmination of 20 years of political chicanery involving the right to vote. North Dakota and the other 49 have been closing election loopholes that don’t exist to exploit the ballot box for political gain. The North Dakota Legislature has made voting more ...