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Editorials

Illegal eavesdropping by FBI deserves harsh punishment

It is more than unfortunate that virtually everything seems to be colored by politics these days. It also may be hazardous to our freedoms. More and more, it is becoming apparent that a few powerful people in the government broke the law in spying on a candidate for president in 2016. Just ...

Postal Service needs to use epidemic dollars

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some ...

Long-term care facilities still need to be extra cautious

It was understandable, if not prudent, that when COVID-19 seemed to be on the run earlier this summer, many Americans decided it was time to go back to what was normal early this year. We are paying the price for that foolhardiness now. Unfortunately, those paying the grimmest toll had ...

Close watch needed on college students

Fall classes already have begun at some colleges and universities. During the next few weeks, hundreds more will attempt to do so. COVID-19 is enough of a threat in many states that some institutions of higher learning will not be allowing in-person classes, at least at first. Students will ...

The shootings must stop

During the week that ended Aug. 16, more than 30 American children were killed or wounded in shootings across the United States, according to one gun violence archive. Among the most recent tragedies was one in Akron, Ohio. There, Mikayla Pickett, 8 years old, was hit by a bullet fired by ...

Use funds for public health wisely

For many years, local public health agencies were viewed by many Americans as centers for anti-smoking campaigns, immunizations for children in low-income families, enforcers of restaurant cleanliness rules and similar activities. Suddenly last winter, all that changed. Now and probably for ...

Parents and educators deserving of A+ in behavior

Teachers, parents and administrators so far – knock on wood – have worked well together to formulate plans getting kids back to Minot public schools this fall. While there is still a lot to learn and decide, last week the school board signed off on an agreement that allows teachers to ...

The right to vote needs to be guarded

It would be unfortunate if we as a nation missed out this month on celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment. With all of the COVID-19 news, the ongoing civil unrest and another nasty presidential election, it would not be a ...

The Harris problem

With the announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, Democrats and the press would have us believe she is a safe, moderate choice. They would have us believe that Harris is pragmatic, to the right of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and grounded in the establishment — ...

Make America smart again

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissention in the United States. If not, it should. We ...

Cops in schools still a good idea

Mistrust, even active hatred of law enforcement personnel have become widespread to the point of becoming dangerous. One need not be a defender of the tiny minority of “bad cops” to recognize that. Of course they need to be purged from police and sheriff’s departments as well as other ...

Much more to know about COVID-19

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

Cutting off Census deadline early unfair to all

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census may be the most ridiculous proposal to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond to it with information about themselves and ...

Great American Outdoors Act victory for bipartisan common sense

At a time when partisan game-playing has caused some Americans to lose faith in Congress, it is a pleasure to note the occasional victory for bipartisan common sense. One occurred last week, when President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The measure provides $9.5 ...

Congress can do better for laid off Americans

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Friday that talks ...

Guidelines for vaccinations needed now

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

US should help Mexico in war against COVID-19

In many respects, COVID-19 is all the U.S. health care system can handle, and more. By Sunday, nearly 155,000 Americans had succumbed to the disease. Though enormous progress has been made since the pandemic first breached U.S. defenses last winter, challenges remain. Among them is processing ...

Dropping of atomic bomb 75 years ago brought peace to world at that time

Seventy-five years ago today, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress bomber, dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was 8:15 a.m. Hiroshima time and the first time a plane had dropped an atomic bomb. Pilot Paul Tibbets Jr. led the crew of men on this mission that would change the history ...

Some RNC officials need to go

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later ...

Skepticism bet defense against misinformation

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election less than three weeks away, that comes as no surprise. There is ...