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Editorials

Mask mandate decision was right move

The Minot City Council made the right move Tuesday in delaying any decision on lifting a mask mandate implemented last October as a mitigation measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the city has seen relief from the high infection rate last fall, the council is wise to be cautious ...

From impeaching incitement to canceling conservatism

It wasn’t just Donald Trump’s detractors who felt a sudden sense of relief when they heard that Twitter was blocking his feed after the storming of the Capitol and the disruption of the reading of the Electoral College results on Jan. 6. While President Trump’s exact words to the crowd on ...

Don’t drop your guard on COVID-19 yet

We’re going to go out on a limb and say something that is probably not going to be very popular. Despite Gov. Burgum reducing the COVID-19 threat levels and removing the regulations and making them guidelines we implore people to continue to social distance, and wear masks. Limit your large ...

Legislative forums still on despite COVID-19

It is good news that the Minot Area Chamber EDC plans to host Saturday legislative forum as it has done in the past, sans COVID-19. For those of us a couple of hours away from the action at the state Capitol, every two years the popular forums are another way to stay informed. The forums also ...

Feds should launch massive vaccine effort

Americans are stressing out over how long they’ll have to endure isolation, closed businesses and fear of COVID-19. It all hinges on getting vaccinated. Yet, only one-third of doses shipped to the states are actually making it into people’s arms. The public hears the wait will be many ...

Highway Patrol prepares to defend State Capitol

First, N.D. state legislators had to weigh the risks of reporting for duty at the Capitol during a pandemic. That was tough enough, now this. “This” being credible threats of violence that have been made against all the of nation’s state capitols including in Bismarck. We are not ...

Is truth irrelevant?

It is amazing how many people seem to have discovered last Wednesday that riots are wrong -- when many of those same people apparently had not noticed that when riots went on, for weeks or even months, in various cities across the country last year. For too many people, especially in the ...

Preserving history for generations

A replica of a landmark building now stands in Maxbass, thanks to the co-owners of a local construction company Steve and Todd Farden, co-owners of Farden Construction, Inc., bought the building that once was a bank and then a post office. The building was in poor condition so it was torn ...

Chamber, MADC merger steps into the future for Minot & region

The merger of the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Area Development Corp. as of Jan. 1 of this year is a great move for the two organizations. Chamber and MADC investors overwhelmingly voted in favor of the merger in December, with 94% of the ballots to Chamber members noting approval ...

Politics should be the art of compromise

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Students need to regain ground lost to COVID-19

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the ...

Report on COVID-19 needs to be made public

When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. A long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources — with reports from government ...

Burgum’s move was in the right direction

We are all for Governor Burgum moving the COVID-19 threat level from high to moderate. No, we don’t think COVID-19 is over with, but it is again, slowing down. More importantly – small, locally owned, businesses are critical to the economic survival of North Dakota. As of Monday, ...

Plenty of blame to go around for slow mail

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Responsible gun owners conscientious in preventing accidental shootings

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that we Americans can own firearms. We venture to suggest those who wrote and ratified the Constitution did not intend it to promote the accidental shootings of children. In fact, it is likely accidental shootings of childen were far less ...

Those who give their lives for us deserve best treatment

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has a LOT of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves. President Donald Trump has referred to the federal bureaucracy as “the swamp.” ...

‘Warp speed’ needs to be pursued now and later

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

Don’t put others at risk on New Year’s Eve

It will not be a surprise if months of pent-up frustrations prompt many people to blow off more than a little steam this New Year’s Eve. The evening is viewed by many as the one time a year they let their hair down, anyway. There is nothing wrong with having a little fun, of course. But ...

Nashville reminds us of our heroes

Once again, we have been reminded of how courageously many law enforcement personnel react to their protect-and-serve mandate. On Christmas morning, a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It had been placed in a recreational vehicle. The perpetrator had placed a loudspeaker in it, ...

No-knock raids deserve to be banned

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Kentucky, resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which ...