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Editorials

Demand for blood still exists

OVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...

National treasures worth maintaining

Most presidents seem eager to nail down their conservation credentials by creating new national parks, forests and monuments. The trouble is, we have not done a good job in maintaining what we have already. Give President Donald Trump credit, then, for seeing the light on conservation. Kudos ...

U.S. economy remains strong, analysts say

If the booming stock market during the past couple of years has prompted you to consider whether your 401K will permit early retirement, forget it. Stocks, and thus pension funds on which many Americans rely, have taken a beating during the past month. How bad is it? During the month that ...

Volunteers cook up something special for men’s refuge

When Minot-area residents see neighbors in need, they are quick to lend a hand. When that neighbor is the Men’s Winter Refuge, it takes many hands to provide the help that’s much appreciated by the director and residents at the men’s shelter. Residents have been stepping up since ...

Minot AFB: A very important place

This past week Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett visited Minot Air Force Base. Barrett, who became secretary of the Air Force last year, focused her visit here on the quality of life, including a tour of base facilities and meeting with airmen and their families. Barrett’s visit ...

A new chapter in the life of Dizzy the Clown

Congratulations go out to Ken “Dizzy the Clown” Gillespie of Minot who now is the top clown of the International Shrine Clown Association. Well done, Ken. And thanks for all the joy you have brought to people young and old in Minot and beyond. A well-known clown in Minot and the area, ...

Flu a greater threat than COVID-19

Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...

Time to bring drug manufacturing home

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Avoid rash, spur-of-the-moment investment decisions

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments, which are in 401K funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. But for those who can and do make regular decisions on how their money is invested, this last week or so has not been a pleasant ...

Federal government needs to assure census data secure

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the ...

How young is too young to be arrested?

Children, even very young ones, can be very difficult. On occasion, parents, teachers and others supervising them have to be very strict to protect the youngsters and others around them. But should a 6-year-old be arrested and carted off to any sort of detention by law enforcement ...

Take common sense precautions against any viral disease

So, how worried should I be about COVID-19? What do I need to do to keep myself and my loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about 2,800 people. ...

Weinstein but one of countless evildoers

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. This week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...

Boy Scouts organization a victim of sexual predators

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

MADC, Chamber merger may be down the road

A merger is being contemplated between the Minot Area Development Corp. and the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce. MADC is the nonprofit organization with the responsibility to attract new businesses, aid in business expansion and retention, and advocate for the local business economy to make ...

Jesse White on the way to more milestones

White Shield junior Jesse White reached a milestone on Friday night when he scored his 2,000th point in the Class B boys basketball game played against Solen. Congratulations, Jesse. The Minot Daily News Sports Department reported it was a big night for Jesse, his team, family and friends, ...

Esper’s visit testament to Minot AFB

By Sen. John Hoeven Last week, we joined U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper as he visited Minot Air Force Base to review its missions and address our servicemembers stationed there. Minot Air Force Base, which is the only U.S. base to house two legs of our nuclear triad, plays a central ...

Consider the unthinkable

China’s experience with the deadly new coronavirus labeled COVID-19 has “bought the world time” to plan our own strategies against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization commented a few days ago. Well, yes. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is correct ...

Much at stake with country’s first digital census

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Consider the source, always

Political controversy is seen by some people not burdened by consciences solely as an opportunity for fame and fortune. It seems attorney Michael Avenatti belongs in that category. Avenatti’s big chance came when the California attorney latched onto a prize client: Stephanie Clifford, more ...