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Editorials

Third world countries still need our support

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization has been condemned throughout the world. Critics insist that a healthy WHO is essential especially now, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages. But the question is whether the WHO, a United ...

Cheers to Ward County Historical Society

Cheers to the Ward County Historical Society, which added to its Pioneer Village Museum in Burlington this past week. On Thursday the old Eureka School was moved onto the museum grounds. Eureka School has been split into two buildings, one of which contains a bathroom that will provide ...

Old, badly damaged dams need attention

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

States should redouble efforts to test long-term care facilities

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

Handling of Flynn case needs to be pursued

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 ...

Peace with Taliban is conditional

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

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 ...

Memorial Day – A day to remember

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 ...

In support of front-liners everywhere

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 epidemic. An episode last week reminds us first responders such as police officers and firefighters are ...

Supplemental funding needed for summer school

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — we hope — ...

Inside traders are not to be tolerated

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Must be curbs on government’s ability to spy on Americans

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims of that have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Statewide celebration for graduates will be remembered

High school seniors graduating this spring are losing a lot. Many traditional moments that other graduates get to experience and look back on as they grow older are being stolen by COVID-19. But, in North Dakota the Class of 2020 will have something special to remember their senior year by. ...

Are we up to the challenge?

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

Toppling dictators best left to others

Activities such as that which last week embroiled this county and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it referred to ...

COVID-19 statistics need to be honest

People the government classifies as black or African-American are being killed by COVID-19 at a rate far higher than their proportion of the U.S. population as a whole. It is a trend that has been noticeable for several weeks. At the end of the day Friday, the coronavirus had claimed 77,178 ...

National stockpile of medical supplies needed

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned to our dismay that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. To their ...

We need to be open for business

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lockdown” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...

Minot zoo ready for visitors

Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo this weekend. After being closed for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the zoo opened its doors to visitors on Saturday despite the snow – officially beginning its summer season. On Sunday, visitors could ...

Coal Creek’s closure creates need to look ahead now

Great River Energy’s announcement that the cooperative will close its Coal Creek coal-fired generation station near Washburn in 2022 is a blow to the local communities where many employees live and that also count on the coal taxes. It’s a blow that the state’s leaders need to work to ...