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Editorials

Getting out of Afghanistan will be risky

Prospects for an agreement that could lead to withdrawl of all American troops from Afghanistan are “very promising,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday. U.S. emissaries have been talking with leaders of the Taliban organization, which once ruled Afghanistan, for ...

Thanks to Ice Cold Ryders for fundraising

Minot Public School’s lunch debt policy on unpaid school lunch debt has been getting extensive attention recently. Ice Cold Ryders motorcycle club should be commended for the sizable donations the organization has made to address unpaid school lunch debt. However, it would be nice if ...

Now is the time to prepare for spring flooding

Guest Editorial: By North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread, State Engineer Garland Erbele and Homeland Security Director Cody Schulz. If you’ve lived in North Dakota for long, you’ve more than likely put the wise words “Hope for the best, prepare for the ...

Burning flags big business in Iran

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Let’s do what we can to help those who serve and protect

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Time to take cyber war seriously

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Common flu a greater danger than coronavirus

So ... getting more worried by the day about the coronavirus epidemic center in China? Officials report more deaths every day from the disease, which has spread to 25 countries. Indeed, a few cases of panic have been reported. In one case, a man reportedly collapsed and died while ...

Iowa gaffe a reminder of the downsides of technology

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

Sentencing reform should exclude terrorists

Concern about overcrowded jails and prisons, combined with a laudable desire to give people who have made mistakes second chances in life, have prompted many Americans to rethink sentences for criminal offenses. That is occurring at the local, state and federal levels. Indeed, we need to ...

Grade-school behavior in D.C. must stop

Much food for thought — and debate — was offered by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Among other things, Trump discussed the strong economy, including achievements such as the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans on record. ...

Our enemies must know we mean business

For generations, the U.S. nuclear arsenal was viewed as the ultimate deterrent. No one would dare attack us, we thought, out of fear of massive retaliation. But deterrence requires that a potential foe believe we might use powerful weapons. The very strength of some nuclear devices makes ...

Hopefully other states learn from Iowa’s mistakes

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa earlier this week. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go I” policy. But ...

North Dakota’s bighorn sheep worth saving

They’re back. Welcome home. In case you missed it, there was an important homecoming recently when bighorn sheep were released near Mandaree on the Fort Berthold reservation. It’s been 150 years since bighorns roamed that part of the state and their return was celebrated by those who ...

Ensuring color-blind justice is ongoing concern

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. Last week, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, died last week in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was convicted ...

More attention to emerging diseases needed

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising, because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll in ...

We can’t afford to police the world

The Associated Press reported this week that U.S. officials are considering reductions in the number of our military personnel in Africa, at a time when extremist violence is increasing on the continent. Such consideration is “a move that worries (U.S.) international partners who are working ...

Bolton may have ax to grind

There seems to be some sentiment in the U.S. Senate, even among a few Republicans, for calling former national security adviser John Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Fine. But doing so ought to open a Pandora’s Box on which some Democrats would prefer ...

Park District’s survey to collect rec ideas a good plan

Minot community members will have the opportunity to share their needs and ideas for future recreational programming in the city. The Minot Park District is conducting a community phone survey to hear directly from residents about recreational programming desires. The survey began Tuesday ...

ND should take precautions against coronavirus

North Dakota’s state health officials are monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus, a new virus that broke out in Wuhan, China, and has spread to other parts of the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency headquartered in Atlanta, has raised its travel ...

Approval of major disaster declaration welcome news

North Dakota local government entities faced with roads and other infrastructure damaged in the early October 2019 storm that dumped heavy rain and snow are getting some critical relief from the federal government. This past week President Trump approved North Dakota’s request for a ...