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Community Columnists

Community and socialism are the same

For some strange reason, the Chicken Littles of the world have become terrified by the idea that socialism is just over the hill for the United States. The most frightened even throw in communism as though it was synonymous with socialism. Under communism, there is no such thing as private ...

Project Tundra demonstrates ‘can-do’ spirit

Not long ago, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) was considered to be a moon shot. A technology with a lot of promise but a steep hill to climb. In fact, just this week, there have been questions raised about Project Tundra, which is an initiative being pursued in North Dakota to ...

ND needs annual legislative sessions

Good ideas may go into hibernation but they never die. Veteran Public Policy Observer Mike Jacobs recently brought back the idea of changing the North Dakota Legislature from its present biennial schedule to annual meetings. In a supporting editorial, the Grand Forks Herald noted that the ...

Budget address to council urges continued progress

As I begin this letter, I have to reflect on events in 2020 that have impacted our community. First and foremost, our city, county, state, country and world are feeling the effects of a global pandemic. Twelve months ago, as we met to discuss a budget, we never could have imagined how a virus ...

‘MaskUp’ for yourself and the community

As COVID-19 cases rise across our region, you may be wondering, “What can I do to reduce the spread?” The answer is simple. Wear a mask. Wearing a mask or face covering when you go out in public is the single most effective tool we have until there is a vaccine, which is why Trinity ...

The unfinished business of Seneca Falls

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, we need to retrace our steps to the Seneca Falls, N.Y. convention of 1848 that launched the drive for women’s suffrage. There is some unfinished business to consider. On July 19 and ...

Mask up, Minot – The facts

Mask up, Minot. That’s the message from the City Council, which recently approved a pair of items seeking to engage our community’s residents in helping to protect themselves, and each other, from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Council unanimously approved two items: One created ...

Should all votes be equal?

The integrity of the voting systems in the United States and North Dakota is being questioned by three challenges that will be articulated in public debate in the weeks ahead. Malapportioning the Legislature Upon completion of the decennial census, the population data will be taken up by ...

Resuming classes at Minot State this fall

Heading into the waning days of summer, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share thoughts on MSU’s plans for in-person classes this fall. Last March, along with nearly every other college, in order to complete the spring semester we had to quickly shift from an in-person environment ...

Should churches have taken virus money?

Every discussion of separation of church and state evokes loud voices, sometimes shouting. Many do not accept it as a governmental principle even though brighter people than us have debated and accepted it. After all, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were no slouches. So at the risk of ...

Minot, MAFB relationship continues to grow

Minot has a treasured relationship with the men and women of Minot Air Force Base, who continue to have a real and dramatic influence on our community’s culture and personality. Each year, members of the Air Force arrive here from all walks of life and all regions of the country. We are ...

How much do lives matter?

ince the daytime murder of a black person by a renegade cop in Minneapolis, society has been arguing over the flag slogan of the African-American community, “Black Lives Matter.” This was answered by a bigoted response that ‘All Lives Matter.” It seems in a civilized society that the ...

Legislature trying to block amendment measures

Once again the North Dakota Legislature is trying to obstruct constitutional amendments proposed by petition of the people. At the present time, constitutional amendments initiated by citizens go straight to the ballot for an up or down vote. If approved, the amendment goes into ...

Minot Air Force Base is Cornerstone of U.S. National Defense

Ambassador Marshall Billingslea’s visit to Minot Air Force Base this week demonstrates what Theodore Roosevelt meant when he said “speak softly and carry a big stick.” As the President’s Special Envoy for Arms Control, Ambassador Billingslea’s words as a diplomat carry great weight ...

It’s time for a Beef Checkoff Referendum

Enacted by Congress in 1985, the beef checkoff was approved by cattle producers voting in the initial referendum held in 1988. That was 32 years ago and it is the only time ranchers have had an opportunity to vote on the mandatory checkoff we are required to pay every time we sell cattle. ...

Here we go again! Let’s do it right this time.

According to a front page article in The Minot Daily News on July 15th, Minot School Board member Mark Lyman told a local government liaison committee, “Minot voters will have to approve a sizable bond issue (i.e. increase in property taxes) if they want a second high school.” He went on ...

‘It’s Magic in Minot’ tells our story

Nearly two years of collaboration by a host of community partners culminated with the recent unveiling of the “It’s Magic in Minot” branding campaign. “It’s Magic in Minot” was born through a citywide collaboration between the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Minot, ...

More reform proposed for higher ed

North Dakota voters will once again be deciding whether or not the Board of Higher Education should be revamped to solve unidentified problems seen by the Legislature. For the 2014 election ballot, the Legislature proposed the outright abolition of the Board with replacement by three ...

Doctors, nurses should call in sick

This exploitation of doctors and nurses in this coronavirus pandemic has gone far enough. They should just call in sick tomorrow and be as irresponsible as most other folks who treat the pandemic as just another inconvenience. In many states, if they do show up for work they can’t be sure ...

MSU Summer Theatre renovation and thanks to MACF

As you may know, the Minot Area Community Foundation earlier this month announced a $500,000 matching challenge gift toward the MSU Summer Theatre renovation project. This is one of the largest gifts in the history of the MACF, and MSU, our MSU Development Foundation, and MSU Summer Theatre are ...