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Editorials

Congratulations to Capt. Burns and Minot Fire Department

First responders must have excellent training. Such training not only is essential to a first responder but also to his or her teammates. A local first responder is being honored for his work in training others. The North Dakota Firefighter’s Association named Capt. Austin Burns of the ...

National security demands US be first to perfect quantum computing

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Don’t expect end to conflicts involving the Kurds

For several days, President Donald Trump was viewed as a traitor to the Kurdish people. Suddenly, he has been “rehabilitated.” On Wednesday, a Kurdish military commander in Syria thanked Trump for his “tireless efforts” in defense of the Kurds. So the relationship between our nation ...

Good old American skepticism needs to be brought back, dusted off and used

ussian trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from ...

Difficult time for many ND farmers

This is a very difficult time for many farmers in North Dakota who are faced with the problem of trying to get their crops harvested in fields flooded or saturated with water, and if they can harvest, to get those crops to the elevators over muddy or flooded roads. On Monday Gov. Doug Burgum, ...

Gathering space not the only divisive project

The Minot Park Board last week backed away from any participation in the proposed downtown gathering space, citing several concerns. One board member said he couldn’t back the South Broadway site because it was not the public’s first choice, which has been abandandoned. Safety issues at ...

Drug abuse is a war we are losing nationwide

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Can’t sweep sexual assault, harassment under the rug

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

Pelosi should call for a vote

Democrats in the House of Representatives remind us of the old West judge who promised defendants he would give them a fair trial —then hang them. The “impeachment inquiry” engineered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no more than her attempt to pursue a vendetta. Our nation’s ...

Trump right about Syria pullout

Members of Congress who want to “overturn” President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are engaging in an absurd performance of political theater. Many lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have been critical of Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish separatists in ...

Airline whistleblower

Not all whistleblowers are involved in the attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. Some are worried about a more critical matter — the safety of airline passengers. Ethiopian Airlines former chief engineer, Yonas Yeshanew, is seeking asylum in the United States after resigning from his ...

Rising smoke signals political fire

If there is a smoking gun in the case of former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement with Ukraine, it is being held by his son, Hunter. Democrats in Congress and many in the media insist neither Biden did anything wrong in relation to Hunter’s membership on the board of Burisma ...

Trump channels George McGovern

The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about "progress" toward defeating the communists. Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern's ...

U.S. troop pull-out was unavoidable

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic ...

Addressing construction noise pollution a daunting task

Minot city staff was tasked with quite a challenge by the city council during Monday’s meeting. The Minot City Council directed staff to look into potential remedies for numerous complaints about construction-related noise disturbing residents via ordinance changes and bring back ...

Be prepared for patience

Whether it’s this week’s anticipated snow or the next round behind it – hopefully well behind it – the time is approaching when the city and region will be buried beneath a blanket of heavy snow, roads will be blocked and travel will be perilous if not impossible. It’s that time of ...

Sales tax revenue for gathering space should be a non-starter

Assuming that the City of Minot continues its effort to develop a gathering space in the downtown area as planned, the city council decision Monday night to change the desired location makes sense. By a 5-2 vote, the council decided to approach Trinity Health about acquiring its parking lot ...

A new public health concern

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Congress should be able to focus on more than one thing at a time

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

DEA has failed in effort to curb opioid epidemic

"We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...