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Editorials

Militant Iranian leaders acting like thugs

"Give me your lunch money or I’ll beat you up,” says the school yard bully. So do Iranian leaders, this week. They never had any intention of canceling their development of nuclear weapons, despite their agreement to suspend the project during former President Barack Obama’s ...

Impeachment should not distract us

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

Impeachment trial needs to go forth

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by ...

Give autonomous vehicles a chance

The nanny crowd ­— folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against any hazard — wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards ...

Puerto Rico needs support of US

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by strong earthquakes. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 billion in ...

Get on with sorry impreachment mess

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without evidence ...

Take a step back before deciding on new city hall

"A step back is required to fully vet out both options,” council member Paul Pitner said at last Monday’s city council meeting. “I want to get more detailed and up-to-date renovation costs associated with both buildings.” Those buildings are the former Midwest Federal and Wells Fargo ...

Trump’s peace gesture the right move

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do this week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Trump did what was needed

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

A new routine for a new year

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors ...

Local Good Samaritans: Going above and beyond

A Good Samaritan is someone who is compassionate and helpful to a person in distress. On Friday, the Ward County Sheriff’s Department honored three Good Samaritans – Kristopher Trone, Woody Waldez-Perez and Ryan Fontaine. They helped save the lives of others when they came upon emergency ...

Fewer traffic fatalities in 2019 something to celebrate

Whether 2019 was a good year for you personally, or not, North Dakotans can look back on the year in a positive light for at least one good reason. The number of fatal traffic accidents on the state’s highways was down in 2019. According to the governor’s office, “Preliminary reports ...

Season of giving not over yet

We were reminded this week by Vitalant that January is National Blood Donor Month, but also that blood and blood donors are historically in short supply this time of year. Please, volunteer and give if you can, now and throughout the year. In fact, Vitalant is asking people to make it a New ...

Oversight not an excuse

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Parents should know where their children are physically and online

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department can provide one. Last week, the Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest days of ...

Resolve this year to reduce national debt

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Be advised, flu season not over yet

Christmas has come and gone, but not the flu season. People in the Minot area continue to come down with the flu, meaning we still need to be careful, especially when it comes to personal hygiene. As recently reported, Trinity Health, like much of North Dakota, saw a spike in influenza ...

Take the challenge and capture your view of Minot

How do you see Minot? Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma is challenging people in this community to take photos or videos of what comes to their mind when they think about the Magic City. The “Minot Through Your Eyes” contest is expected to bring out the artistic talents of many people and how ...

Get involved in your community: Run for office

A good way for citizens of any community to get involved in their local area is to run for office. Perhaps you are motivated to make a change or want to make sure your community continues its present course of action. Whatever the reason just step forward and “throw your hat into the ...

Community Christmas Day Meal hits the spot

For too long Christmas dinner was either ordinary for some families or another empty-plate day when there was simply nothing to eat in the house. In Minot, those days might be ghosts of Christmases past as the Community Christmas Day Meal, organized by area churches, businesses, organizations ...