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Editorials

Turning to violence over politics is un-American

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror, disgust. Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do so, ...

High-tech weapon deployed in fight against child abuse

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...

Bureaucracy has no place in vaccine availability

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts a ...

Voters are front line against election errors

Well, so much for questions about whether enormous mistakes may occur in handling presidential election ballots. One already has. It was reported last week that nearly 50,000 — 50,000! ­— voters in Franklin County, Ohio, received incorrect mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election. The ...

Don’t let COVID-19 hold you prisoner

It has been seven months since Americans began locking down against COVID-19. Many have attempted to get back to “normal” by donning masks, washing hands more frequently and taking a step or two backwards sometime, to maintain social distancing. But many others have remained cloistered at ...

Cop killers and brutal cops not different

By the end of September 2019, 30 U.S. law enforcement personnel had been killed while on duty. Thirty-seven have been killed this year. Non-fatal injuries have soared, too. It is not being inaccurate to note that many, probably most, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law ...

New rules needed for debates to be fair

Were the COVID-19 virus to be a creature capable of thought, it would be easy now to accuse it of engaging in a plot aimed at American democracy. The most devious, evil schemer based in Moscow or Beijing could not come up with a more perfect storm leading up to the Nov. 3 election. With ...

Continuing Census very important to this country

Knowing how many people live where in the United States is more than a matter of satisfying curiosity or writing books on demographics and geography. The Census conducted every decade has enormous ramifications. How about $1.5 trillion in federal funding is doled out to localities and states, ...

US Economy needs Congress to act on aid

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — ...

Thank you for your commitment to zoo, local community

Becky Dewitz, director of Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo, will be moving on to a new job as chief executive officer of the Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History in Sioux Falls, S.D. The announcement of her new job and subsequent departure was made this past week. Dewitz’s ...

U.S. Postal Service needs help

Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax security in the U.S. Postal Service may affect the upcoming presidential election has had an unfortunate side-effect: It has distracted attention from the agency’s very real, deeply rooted dilemma. Any private company suffering as badly as the ...

Voter intent is paramount

There is one safe bet regarding the upcoming presidential election: If vote totals in any of the states are close, there will be controversy over how ballots were handled. That will be so whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden appears to have the edge. Ballot battles are nothing new, of ...

Help the people who need it the most — now

It was to be expected that when Congress approved about $3 trillion in emergency aid to Americans hurt financially by the coronavirus epidemic, the criminal element would seize the opportunity for ill-gotten gains. Both as individuals and criminal organizations, they have been doing just ...

There is no doubt about who is in charge

President Donald Trump often shoots verbally from the hip. Many voters like that. Many others deplore it. But Trump, while holding the most powerful office in the world, understands fully that he is bound by certain rules and traditions. One of them is that when we hold an election, the ...

Law enforcement needs to self-police

Breonna Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her. She should be alive today, but she is not. It is too late to save Taylor, who died in a hail of bullets from three police officers in Louisville, Kentucky one night in March. It is not too late for law enforcement officials ...

Thank you Minot AFB for the important work you do

A big congratulations to the men and women of the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base for their recent accomplishments in receiving Omaha Trophies for their outstanding support to U.S. Strategic Command’s strategic deterrence mission. Navy Adm. Charles Richard, ...

Thanks and congratulations Kristi Reinke

The Minot Daily News congratulates Kristi Reinke, a social studies teacher at Jim Hill Middle School who was named the 2021 State Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in Bismarck on Monday. According to the office of North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler, Reinke is now ...

Get the flu shot soon

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

A greater possible shutdown looms

Despite an effort by a bipartsan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no ...

Guidelines for who gets vaccine first needed now

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...