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Editorials

Congress should demand answers from the VA

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018 — but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. On Tuesday in U.S. District Court at ...

What’s hard to understand about ‘I can’t breathe?’

Leave aside the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel, for a moment. In the interest of saving lives, let us return at least briefly to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of officers, ...

Not the time for threats

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is ...

Oversight is essential to PPP spending

What some have described as a “citizen legislature” approach to governance in the United States means that the overwhelming majority of members of Congress have private business interests. Inevitably, some of what they do affects their personal finances. Quite a few of them have ...

Minot AFB anniversary means much to community

Happy 65th anniversary to Minot Air Force Base. Yesterday marked 65 years since a groundbreaking ceremony in 1955 on farmland north of Minot where construction began. The Minot community welcomed the base then, and it continues to welcome the base today. That support was recognized last ...

Destroying historic statues should not go unpunished

Enough already. It’s time for us to stand up to the mobs and against the destruction of valuable and historic statues and monuments in our country. What’s going on today is reminiscent of the purges by the communists in the former Soviet Union, where history could be rewritten with a nod ...

Major gift to MSU Summer Theatre greatly appreciated

Who in Minot has not attended a production at MSU Summer Theatre? It’s hard to image anyone falling into that camp. After all, the amphitheater has been in existence for more than 50 years and performances there are often the highlights of summer in the Magic City. As with all structures ...

Minot needs a city manager, but that can wait

Finding a new city manager can wait. City council must first draft and sign off on a strategic plan so they, any potential new city manager, and everyone else (that’s us) know what direction the city is going. The topic came up at this week’s city council meeting, and there was both ...

Congress needs to save cash

It might not happen often, but then once is too often. Believe it or not, some merchants don’t accept cash. Go figure. The American greenback has been welcome around the world for decades because it is solid currency. Yet, in our own country – today – American money is not good enough ...

Makoti Threshing Show provides everyone a good time

COVID-19 has been terrible to the world, the United States and North Dakota in so many ways. People sick, lives lost – all of us hurting in some way or another, mostly for each other. Locally, some of our most cherished events such as the State Fair and Norsk Hostfest have been canceled. ...

Other countries must help stop Iran from nuclear capabilities

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Has government gone too far in keeping us safe?

This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a ...

Be careful around fireworks this weekend

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam. Just so no one blows off a couple ...

College entrance should not be for sale

It may be some time before the college entrance cheating scandal is resolved. More than four dozen have been charged. One high-profile case should be dealt with during the next several weeks. It involves television star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. ...

World Health Organization failed badly

In some respects, COVID-19 may seem like a bad dream for many Americans, even though it has is far from stamped out in our country. One aspect of recovery — placing blame — already is well along. But recriminations that were common during the height of the epidemic are trailing off. That ...

Visit a museum this summer

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...

Racial component of COVID-19 needs investigating

From nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, it was clear the disease has a racial component. Black Americans have been affected far more severely than whites. Exactly why that is so has not been learned yet. Obviously, getting answers is critical. But blacks ...

More stimulus money might be needed

Members of Congress were wise to pause their campaign of priming the economic pump to counter the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Nearly three trillion dollars in aid to individuals, families, businesses and local and state governments needed to be given time to work before more federal ...

Mistakes could prove invaluable as lessons

Mistakes made by some public officials in dealing with COVID-19 seem outrageous to us now. That may not have been so obvious when the errors were made — but knowing about them can avoid their repetition. The coronavirus epidemic is much like wartime: Resources must be used effectively. ...

Vaccine will test American charity

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...