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Editorials

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 ...

Punishment owed to some drug makers

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued last week ...

We must retaliate against rogue nation hackers

What is being called the SolarWinds hack of tens of thousands of private and government networks may have been the most serious digital invasion of the United States ever, those with knowledge of the situation have said. It may take years to repair the damage, they add. As many as 18,000 ...

Consider the risks of family gatherings this Christmas

We urge area residents thinking of going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more dangerous than ever in most states. Public health officials cautioned us all about ...

Exiting president extends flexibility to successor

It has been written and said many times that no one understands the challenges of the presidency as well as an ex-president. It also has been noted by the American people that occupants of the Oval Office frequently are able count on their predecessors for advice and sometimes even more ...

Don’t hamstring cops when trimming the fat

Reforming law enforcement agencies where the stain of bigotry remains a threat to the public is important. We have no doubt the vast majority of men and women in the profession agree with that. But hamstringing them is not the answer. It not only discriminates against good cops, it also has ...

Americans treasure freedom of speech but not to harm others

We Americans treasure our freedom of speech. We defend it staunchly. As the old saying goes, we may not agree with what some people say, but we defend their right to say it. Unless it is intended to incite violence to harm people otherwise. There, we draw the line. In August 2019, a federal ...

COVID-19 relief bill would help families, boost economy

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Don’t make hasty decision to adopt a pet into your family

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Local schoolchildren learn joy of giving

The Minot Daily News praises the efforts of children and teachers at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Minot who have raised $15,881.59 between 2005 and 2019 with their Penny Harvest campaign. During the holiday season, children bring in coins and dollars. Their pooled resources go toward adding ...

Omaha Trophy recognizes Minot AFB wings as best of the best

Today is a significant day for the men and women of the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base. It’s the day when both wings will be presented with the 2019 Omaha Trophy, a prestigious trophy recognizing the two wings for outstanding support to U.S. Strategic Command’s ...

Vaccines could be available to healthcare workers this week

They’re finally coming – vaccines that is. It comes after nearly a year of illness, far too many hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, quarantines and isolations, postponed family gatherings and visits, job layoffs, not to mention constant testing, mask mandates, occasional ...

Is our second civil war — also a ‘forever war’?

When the Electoral College meets today, it will almost surely certify former Vice President Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. And he will take the oath of office Jan. 20. There is, nationally, a growing if grudging realization of that reality. Yet millions of ...

Hospitals need all the help they can get

Many U.S. hospitals are under siege because of COVID-19. Both in personnel and other resources, they need all the help they can get. Earlier this year, when most people thought the epidemic would peak by this fall, Congress acted wisely by including in the CARES Act a provision suspending ...