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Editorials

Oversight not an excuse

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Parents should know where their children are physically and online

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department can provide one. Last week, the Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest days of ...

Resolve this year to reduce national debt

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Be advised, flu season not over yet

Christmas has come and gone, but not the flu season. People in the Minot area continue to come down with the flu, meaning we still need to be careful, especially when it comes to personal hygiene. As recently reported, Trinity Health, like much of North Dakota, saw a spike in influenza ...

Take the challenge and capture your view of Minot

How do you see Minot? Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma is challenging people in this community to take photos or videos of what comes to their mind when they think about the Magic City. The “Minot Through Your Eyes” contest is expected to bring out the artistic talents of many people and how ...

Get involved in your community: Run for office

A good way for citizens of any community to get involved in their local area is to run for office. Perhaps you are motivated to make a change or want to make sure your community continues its present course of action. Whatever the reason just step forward and “throw your hat into the ...

Community Christmas Day Meal hits the spot

For too long Christmas dinner was either ordinary for some families or another empty-plate day when there was simply nothing to eat in the house. In Minot, those days might be ghosts of Christmases past as the Community Christmas Day Meal, organized by area churches, businesses, organizations ...

Mild winter makes for enjoyable outdoors

You could argue forever about when winter begins – by the calendar or by when the snow shovels come out and the gloves go on, etc. Seasons aside, Minot has had the most enjoyable winter weather for some time now. A white Christmas with temperatures in the plus range is nothing short of a ...

Caution is warranted in planning a new city hall

Who could blame the city council for not rushing into buying or building a new city hall? Council members and city staff will be criticized no matter what they do or don’t do in regards to securing more space in which to conduct the public’s business. Buy, build, expand? Does Minot ...

Pause and reflect this Christmas Eve

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...

Federal regulators need to keep the skies safe

Commercial aircraft production is a high-stakes business in more ways than one. Federal regulators should stick to their position of emphasizing one of those stakes — lives. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners have been grounded throughout the world since March, when two of the craft crashed ...

‘Space Force’ future up in the air

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Common sense needed when shopping for kids’ toys

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

US pullout from Afghanistan is provisional

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported this week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

The unraveling of Obamacare continues

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American public. After nearly three years of President ...

Cookie drive shows appreciation for military members

Thanks to cookie bakers from the Minot community and Minot Air Force Base, first-term airmen who live in the dorms on base are getting sweet treats delivered to them for the holidays. The airmen are between the ages of 18-20 years and it is the first time for many of them to be away from ...

Arming teachers a difficult decision to make

A significant number of schools throughout the United States have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service personnel can protect students in the event of an incursion by someone bent on violence. But an Associated Press ...

Playing politics with presidency a desperate move

It is a virtually foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives — Democrats in it, that is — will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. When that happens, it will go down as the most transparently political impeachment in history. Not a single Republican in the House is ...

US intelligence needs to ramp it up

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Working toward a better trade deal

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has ...