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Editorials

Chief Olson’s retirement bittersweet

We’ve known for some time now that Police Chief Jason Olson would be retiring soon. That day, however, has come much too soon. Friday will be the last day on the job for Olson, who joined the department while still in college a little more than 30 years ago. And what a run he has had ...

Another reminder to give blood

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Recycling a global mess

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Fighting off assaults on Second Amendment

Had 22,000 people showed up in Richmond, Virginia, to demand stronger gun control laws, it is a safe bet that proponents of them would pronounced the crowd to be conclusive proof most Americans want such restrictions. But when a group estimated at that size demonstrated on Monday against new ...

Puerto Rico reform is refreshing

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Justice owed American hero since WWII

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors legacy of civil rights leader

Today, Monday, Jan. 20, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day to celebrate King’s birthday and honor his legacy as leader of the civil rights movement. The day, approved as a federal holiday in 1983, was the first federal holiday to honor an African American. In 1963, King gave his famous ...

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 ...