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Editorials

General’s action shows respect for Constitution

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized by some — and, in needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will ...

Enjoy a ‘gem’ within the city – Roosevelt Park Zoo

If you haven’t been to Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot lately, it’s time to pay a visit. There’s some spectacular new animal habitat to view plus seeing the beautifully maintained grounds of trees, plants and countless flowers. The new African lions’ habitat allows an upclose view of ...

Some cops need more training on use of force

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot in Buffalo, New York makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many throughout the ...

Ward County voters not deterred by absentee ballot election

Holding all elections by absentee ballot, whether ballots are mailed in or dropped off, does not seem appealing. We can only hope what was prompted by COVID-19 for the primary election doesn’t become part of the “new norm.” Certainly, the technology to hold elections that way exists. ...

Slavery in America not to be forgotten

No one knows with certainty how many human beings — men, women and children — were forced to stand on the 800-pound stone that remained planted in the ground on a street corner in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 176 years. What we do know is that each and every one of them was treated like an ...

Racism in law enforcement not to be tolerated

Prosecutors in Minnesota last Wednesday made the right move by broadening the reach of their efforts in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Now the three officers who stood by and watched Derek Chauvin press his knee into Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing have been charged with ...

Defunding the police is insane

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

Long road to ‘normal’ despite economic progress

As the nation began the process of “reopening” slowly but, we all hope, safely, there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By Thursday, the number had decreased to ...

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision far from a ringing endorsement

Local and state officials reveling in their power to enforce dictates they claim are needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic may well have felt a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld their authority. In a way, it did. But look more closely at the ruling: It came in an emergency ...

We need help policing the police

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 ...

Unemployment rate unsustainable

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

Your spellers provide valuable lesson to elders

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. An occasional ray of sunshine breaks through, however. Consider the national spelling bee: Earlier this year, organizers of the annual ...

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 ...