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Editorials

Great American Outdoors Act victory for bipartisan common sense

At a time when partisan game-playing has caused some Americans to lose faith in Congress, it is a pleasure to note the occasional victory for bipartisan common sense. One occurred last week, when President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The measure provides $9.5 ...

Congress can do better for laid off Americans

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Friday that talks ...

Guidelines for vaccinations needed now

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

US should help Mexico in war against COVID-19

In many respects, COVID-19 is all the U.S. health care system can handle, and more. By Sunday, nearly 155,000 Americans had succumbed to the disease. Though enormous progress has been made since the pandemic first breached U.S. defenses last winter, challenges remain. Among them is processing ...

Dropping of atomic bomb 75 years ago brought peace to world at that time

Seventy-five years ago today, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress bomber, dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was 8:15 a.m. Hiroshima time and the first time a plane had dropped an atomic bomb. Pilot Paul Tibbets Jr. led the crew of men on this mission that would change the history ...

Some RNC officials need to go

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later ...

Skepticism bet defense against misinformation

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election less than three weeks away, that comes as no surprise. There is ...

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, ...