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Editorials

Paranoid politics

Amid all the media analyses of the prospects of each of the candidates in both political parties, there is remarkably little discussion of the validity - or lack of validity - of the arguments these candidates are using.It is as if what matters this election year is the fate of a relative ...

February clarifies both parties’ nomination races

In 2008, Barack Obama's great victories in February primaries - Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin - gave him an unstoppable delegate lead for the Democratic nomination. In 2012, Mitt Romney's wins in Florida (technically on Jan. 31) and Michigan sent him on his way to the ...

Indulge in timeless pleasure at the Taube Museum

One of the oldest foods that came to be in civilized times remains one of the most popular yet today.Soup.What is more simple than soup? It warms on a winter day, and is to some the ultimate comfort food. And while chicken soup is no cure for the common cold (thrown in just to appease the FDA) ...

Don’t blame crime problems on newcomers

It's a common thread in conversations around town, in homes and offices: Minot's crime problems are caused by newcomers to the region, particularly those who arrived after the Bakken boomed.The perception is at best, a gross over-simplification and, at worst, utter hogwash.It is sadly in human ...

Social engineers’ mandates

The federal government's social engineers never seem to learn. Time and time again their mandates issued in the name of consumerism make life tougher, not better.They're back. Now, they are mandating that retailers who accept food stamps must stock wider varieties of healthy foods.Retailers ...

Church break-ins a sign of the time

Twice in the past few days, Minot churches have been targeted for robberies, leading many to openly ponder "How desperate must someone be to rob a church?"The reality is that in Minot and other small towns and cities, residents must come to grips with the idea that this is a sign of the times ...

Good news not to be missed

Two good-news, positive stories Minot Daily News Reporter Jill Schramm filed recently might have caught your attention as they did ours.Earlier this month the Souris Valley Golf Course hosted a re-resurrected Winterfest. Minot has held mid-winter carnivals as far back as the early teens of last ...

Competition is good in politics

A lack of competition between different candidates and different political parties isn't beneficial to the public or to the political process.Consider, for example, the struggles of the Hillary Clinton campaign, nationally. The term "coronation" was often used in conjunction with her campaign ...

Stand up for those who protect us

Today, the people of Minot join with those of North Dakota and with all decent people in the United States in mourning the loss of Jason Moszer, the Fargo police officer who died on Thursday after being wounded in the line of duty.Moszer leaves behind a wife and two children children who will ...

Concerned for people or politics?

A humanitarian campaign launched in Congress could help hundreds of millions of people - saving countless lives - if President Barack Obama will put politics aside.Both the Senate and House of Representatives approved the bipartisan bill and Obama signed it into law earlier this month.It is the ...

A whole plan for flood protection

This week's news that the Minot area was in line for an Army Corps of Engineers study for flood protection is another significant advancement for the region. Coming just weeks after announcement that Minot had been selected for a significant amount of National Disaster Resilience Contest ...

Airport key to Minot’s future

It is with great anticipation that Minot awaits the opening of its new airport terminal and the tremendous growth it represents. Just weeks from now, the beautiful new terminal will showcase how much busier Minot is today, even in an economic downturn. The airport growth demonstrates the vital ...

Now millennials need to get in the game

Among the many lessons so far from the presidential campaign is that millennials continue to be an important factor in elections. Sen. Bernie Sanders insurgent campaign is almost entirely based on support from millennials and Donald Trump's unprecedented effort is also benefiting from ...

Minot needs more rehab, mental health care options

It's fortunate timing that medical facilities are in the process of expanding in the Minot community, because there are a handful of glaring needs.Most notable are the needs for more mental health care options and more programs for drug rehabilitation.Just peruse the crime and court reports and ...

Living off sales tax might get harder

City sales tax has been a hot-button issue in the Magic City for decades. Perhaps even a third rail in local politics; anybody who wanted to get along with the powers that be had to keep their hands in their pockets and their mouths shut anytime the axiomatic question of should we even have a ...

Clinton’s under-whelming defense

Hillary Clinton's defense against overwhelming evidence she broke the law requiring her to keep national security information secret amounts to what a teenager might say after getting a parking ticket. It just isn't fair, Clinton says.After another release last week of evidence Clinton used her ...

State Government Has Just the Job for You

Even though five percent of the North Dakota workforce is still claiming to be unemployed, there are plenty of jobs for the taking. Of course, the big downturn in the Bakken oil field has released a number of good workers who are filling a few of the 25,000 jobs seeking warm bodies.But there is ...

Welcome home, Josh

All of North Dakota should be grateful, and the city of Minot proud, that we have such a willing and capable state ambassador as Josh Duhamel.Oh, and let's not forget how could we Josh's wife, Fergie.A lot of states, North Dakota among them, lay claim to any local who happens to make good in ...

Step into a leadership role

How many times have you caught yourself upset with what's happening in your hometown? How many times have you been angry at decisions made by leaders at one level or another? Ever shook your head in disbelief at the statements or actions of those charged with representing your interests and ...

Michael Bloomberg: an echo, not a choice

WASHINGTON - Michael Bloomberg's epiphany about the 2016 presidential proceedings is that what is missing is a second bossy, big-government billionaire from Manhattan's East Side - another candidate with malleable party loyalties. Bloomberg, whose net worth estimated by Forbes is $38.6 billion ...