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Editorials

In support of front-liners everywhere

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 epidemic. An episode last week reminds us first responders such as police officers and firefighters are ...

Supplemental funding needed for summer school

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — we hope — ...

Inside traders are not to be tolerated

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Must be curbs on government’s ability to spy on Americans

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims of that have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Statewide celebration for graduates will be remembered

High school seniors graduating this spring are losing a lot. Many traditional moments that other graduates get to experience and look back on as they grow older are being stolen by COVID-19. But, in North Dakota the Class of 2020 will have something special to remember their senior year by. ...

Are we up to the challenge?

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

Toppling dictators best left to others

Activities such as that which last week embroiled this county and Venezuela in another controversy are nothing new in American history. Though the word “filibustering” is normally confined to politics these days, it had another use during part of the 19th century. Then, it referred to ...

COVID-19 statistics need to be honest

People the government classifies as black or African-American are being killed by COVID-19 at a rate far higher than their proportion of the U.S. population as a whole. It is a trend that has been noticeable for several weeks. At the end of the day Friday, the coronavirus had claimed 77,178 ...

National stockpile of medical supplies needed

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned to our dismay that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. To their ...

We need to be open for business

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lockdown” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...

Minot zoo ready for visitors

Visitors had the opportunity to enjoy Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo this weekend. After being closed for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the zoo opened its doors to visitors on Saturday despite the snow – officially beginning its summer season. On Sunday, visitors could ...

Coal Creek’s closure creates need to look ahead now

Great River Energy’s announcement that the cooperative will close its Coal Creek coal-fired generation station near Washburn in 2022 is a blow to the local communities where many employees live and that also count on the coal taxes. It’s a blow that the state’s leaders need to work to ...

Be certain to take in candidate forums next week

Don’t like the city’s decisions regarding Blu on Broadway? Not a fan of a new city hall in a downtown Minot bank? Got a beef with Minot Public Schools or the Minot Park District? Perhaps none of the above. Still, anybody qualified to vote in the city should pay special attention ...

Improvements needed in nation’s disaster preparedness

"Mission not really of much use” probably is not the slogan those in the military would choose for their genuinely superhuman efforts to help areas such as New York City that have been slammed hard by COVID-19. And in truth, the armed forces have done an excellent, life-saving job. But ...

Rocket launch a welcome distraction

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its toll on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirts a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Emergency use of remdesivir warranted

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. On Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

CARES Act rules need flexibility

The $150 billion in federal aid intended to help states with expenses related to COVID-19 should not be a case of water, water everywhere — but not a drop to drink. Unfortunately, some governors worry that may be the case. One might have assumed that in the 880 or so pages of text ...

National security at heart of USS Theodore Roosevelt probe

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass have said. His removal in the first place raises questions about what led to his removal — and whether the military did an acceptable job of protecting service men ...

No to taxpayer-funded pension fund bailouts

Within a month, Congress and President Donald Trump have increased the national debt by more than 10% by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That is ...

World War II slogan ‘We can do it’ resurrected during pandemic

We Americans have paid a high price — more than 56,000 deaths as of Tuesday — for not stockpiling enough medical equipment and personal protective devices to cope with the COVID-19 onslaught. But here, some states seem to have begun flattening that a statistical curve you read so much ...