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Editorials

Supporting local retailers will make Christmas brighter

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

$908 billion relief bill needed now

A second round of federal COVID-19 relief money, more than $900 billion, may be on its way to Americans soon. Thank a group of U.S. senators and representatives who have grown sick of the partisan bickering that has delayed a new relief bill for months. They are unlike many politicians, ...

Biden right to play inauguration safe

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks. Inauguration day for American presidents has ...

Will we be prepared for the next pandemic?

Never again, Americans vowed after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 79 years ago this past Monday. Thoughtful people pause each Pearl Harbor Day to wonder whether we have forgotten the lesson we should have learned on Dec. 7, 1941. Evidence Americans’ determination not to be victims of ...

Never forget date that will live in infamy

December 7 is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It was 79 years ago that Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor to destroy our Pacific Naval Fleet. Most people who were there or heard about it on the radio news that day are gone now. For them, we must never forget what happened on that ...

Even more COVID-19 research needed

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose incomes in general are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

Trump needs to use what influence he has left on CARES

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something. Among many ...

Evaluating remote learning up to states alone

COVID-19 has been an enormous challenge to the nation’s public school system. It has forced tens of millions of students to stay at home, often for months at a time, rather than go to class. Give educators credit for doing what they could with “remote learning.” Thrown suddenly into a ...

We must insist on fair, honest election

President Donald Trump’s insistence that the November election was plagued by vote fraud are being dismissed by many. They should not be ignored — or forgotten. President-elect Joe Biden’s victory seems sound. His vote margins in critical states were wide enough that it is difficult to ...

California-style renewables policy could be disastrous

During his successful election campaign, President-elect Joe Biden insisted he did not favor a “green new deal” approach to energy. Now, however, it appears he may be poised to deliver a one-two punch in that very direction. First, Biden said he will name former secretary of state John ...

Change is needed on a basic level

President-elect Joe Biden is being urged by some to include a Native American in his Cabinet, possibly as secretary of the Interior Department. If he does that, the person named would be the first Native American ever to serve in the Cabinet. Proponent of such action have a person in mind: ...

America needs basic COVID-19 relief package

Federal CARES Act assistance has been invaluable for many American families and businesses. Without it, what appears to be a record-setting recovery from the financial crisis caused by COVID-19 would not be occurring. Millions of families with laid-off breadwinners would be in desperate ...

Congress must ensure safety of veterans at VA facilities

For years, veterans of military service and their families have worried about the Department of Veterans Affairs. News of lengthy wait-lists, enormous cost overruns on new facilities and similar outrages was, to say the least, worrisome. It got worse in 2018, when what happened at a VA ...

There’s still plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day has long been the traditional day when families and friends gather for dinner and a time to give thanks. But this year’s Thanksgiving Day here in our local area, state and across the nation will be different as people are being advised not to gather in large groups for that ...

Welcome new Minot city manager Harold Stewart

It’s official. Minot has a new city manager. Harold Stewart was hired as city manager when the council met at a special meeting on Friday. He’ll begin work on Dec. 28. “My family and I are excited about the opportunity. We are grateful for the confidence of the council and community ...

Shutdowns are a last resort

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have already ordered new — or rather, renewed — steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand ...

Winter will arrive soon enough

Our winter certainly hasn’t acted like it yet. Every day with no snow drifts or sub-zero temperatures is a bonus at this time of year. There’s been numerous years when winter arrived in October, even early October, which effectively added several more weeks to the coldest season of the ...

National security is above politics

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Nursing homes need even more attention

Thankfully, we have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many state were among residents of ...

Plenty of swamp still to be drained

More than a few people who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. Trump calls it “the swamp” — and there is ample ...