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Editorials

Verendrye, Enerbase bring electric car charging station to Minot

Verendrye Electric Cooperative and Enerbase are celebrating having one of the first electric vehicle superchargers in North Dakota. These companies are forward thinkers in this effort to bring a fast car charger to Minot. For this project the two companies got the approval for a grant from ...

Hydroelectricity has not been forgotten

With all the talk about renewable energy in America, we have heard little about one old reliable source — hydropower. Fortunately, though hydroelectricity seems to have been sidelined by emphasis on technologies including wind and solar power, it has not been forgotten. More than a year ...

Whatever it takes should be done to curb COVID-19 spread

About 40% of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during the ...

School resource officer programs should continue

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

Higher education must be aware of COVID changes

Many U.S. colleges and universities are preparing to reopen for the fall semester, with in-person classes scheduled widely. It is understandable that many students, parents and college officials are on edge. Science is on their side in a way. COVID-19 seems to be most dangerous for older ...

Congress must act on relief package

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Local budget processes raise taxing challenge

Local governments and schools are beginning to draft and release preliminary budgets for next year, and the process isn’t without its challenges. Counties, cities, parks and schools all have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The changes occurring in the oil industry also will ...

COVID-19 not the only health threat

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in ...

Pope dedicated to ousting sexual predators

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance ...

Federal assistance for schools needed now

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Whether the education process for millions of children will involve in-person teaching or ...

Congress needs to pay for mail-in election

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported last week takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, ...

Good law enforcement personnel should be remembered, too

Much of the public’s attention to law enforcement personnel during the past several weeks has focused on the tiny minority of them who deserve to be called “bad cops.” The enormous number of good officers, deputies, troopers and agents ought to be remembered, too. One of them, Toledo, ...

Disabled veterans need our support

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice for us. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, ...

Congress should demand answers from the VA

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018 — but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. On Tuesday in U.S. District Court at ...

What’s hard to understand about ‘I can’t breathe?’

Leave aside the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel, for a moment. In the interest of saving lives, let us return at least briefly to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of officers, ...

Not the time for threats

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is ...

Oversight is essential to PPP spending

What some have described as a “citizen legislature” approach to governance in the United States means that the overwhelming majority of members of Congress have private business interests. Inevitably, some of what they do affects their personal finances. Quite a few of them have ...

Minot AFB anniversary means much to community

Happy 65th anniversary to Minot Air Force Base. Yesterday marked 65 years since a groundbreaking ceremony in 1955 on farmland north of Minot where construction began. The Minot community welcomed the base then, and it continues to welcome the base today. That support was recognized last ...

Destroying historic statues should not go unpunished

Enough already. It’s time for us to stand up to the mobs and against the destruction of valuable and historic statues and monuments in our country. What’s going on today is reminiscent of the purges by the communists in the former Soviet Union, where history could be rewritten with a nod ...

Major gift to MSU Summer Theatre greatly appreciated

Who in Minot has not attended a production at MSU Summer Theatre? It’s hard to image anyone falling into that camp. After all, the amphitheater has been in existence for more than 50 years and performances there are often the highlights of summer in the Magic City. As with all structures ...