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Editorials

Rising smoke signals political fire

If there is a smoking gun in the case of former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement with Ukraine, it is being held by his son, Hunter. Democrats in Congress and many in the media insist neither Biden did anything wrong in relation to Hunter’s membership on the board of Burisma ...

Trump channels George McGovern

The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about "progress" toward defeating the communists. Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern's ...

U.S. troop pull-out was unavoidable

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic ...

Addressing construction noise pollution a daunting task

Minot city staff was tasked with quite a challenge by the city council during Monday’s meeting. The Minot City Council directed staff to look into potential remedies for numerous complaints about construction-related noise disturbing residents via ordinance changes and bring back ...

Be prepared for patience

Whether it’s this week’s anticipated snow or the next round behind it – hopefully well behind it – the time is approaching when the city and region will be buried beneath a blanket of heavy snow, roads will be blocked and travel will be perilous if not impossible. It’s that time of ...

Sales tax revenue for gathering space should be a non-starter

Assuming that the City of Minot continues its effort to develop a gathering space in the downtown area as planned, the city council decision Monday night to change the desired location makes sense. By a 5-2 vote, the council decided to approach Trinity Health about acquiring its parking lot ...

A new public health concern

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Congress should be able to focus on more than one thing at a time

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

DEA has failed in effort to curb opioid epidemic

"We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Changing gathering space site may be only way to save it

Tuesday’s technical review committee’s decision to recommend to the Minot City Council to move the planned downtown gathering space from its current proposed site to a different one might be the only way to save the project – assuming the council accepts the recommendation. The ...

It’s time again for flu shots

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, ...

They’re all teachers of the year

Congratulations to Sunnyside Elementary reading and math interventionist Sara Medalen who was named North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2020. She is clearly a deserving recipient and obviously an excellent, innovative teacher who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to best serve her ...

High school sports participation decline disappointing

It’s difficult to flip television channels these days without coming across sports – either live contests, rebroadcasts, talk shows or a heavy flow of highlights. Famous athletes and former athletes are pitch-men in commercials for countless products. The money in sports is copious. All ...

Latest class of Golden Award recipients impress

Reading the biographies of the latest Golden Award recipients might cause one to assume the winners came from major centers of learning, not our own Minot State University. But that is so. The Minot State Alumni Association will honor four people with the award Thursday, and their ...

If budgets matter, then tune in

In a Sept. 25 readers poll in Minot Daily News, the majority of respondents answered “No” to the question “Do you approve of the budget just approved by the Minot City Council?” Two caveats should be kept in mind. One is that our reader polls are not scientific. Instead, they are a ...

Politics can’t interfere with energy independence

Officials in Saudi Arabia have said damage from an attack on oil production facilities last weekend is being repaired quickly. By mid-week last week, about half the production capacity affected had been restored. Still, the interruption in exports from the oil-rich kingdom ought to serve as ...

Congress can’t let Biden off the hook

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Council, administration did keep word on budget

The budget approved by the Minot City Council, which includes a minor reduction in property taxes to be paid to the city, is welcome news. This budget follows two years of tax increases, including a sizable one last year from which some are still reeling and which continues to be the impetus ...

Dakota Memorial School remodel will pay dividends

It’s obvious that a lot of thought and innovation went into the remodel at the Dakota Memorial School at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. The remodel process took place, cost some $250,000 – funded by grants and donors – so that all 58 students were welcomed to an updated facility when ...

Minot bar sure to be missed by patrons

The days when one could stop by “The Riv” for a cold one on the way home from work on a Friday are long gone. Now, too, is the former Riviera Lounge itself, which succumbed to the 2011 flood. The Riviera, The Riv, or whatever name patrons chose to call the popular bar had a great ...