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Letters to the Editor

A day off from politics, please

Mike Monson, Minot As church goers, Lutherans are admittedly a pretty stoic bunch. Lutheranism has roots to Germany and Norway, countries whose people are characteristically stoic. That being said, it is probably safe to assume that most Lutherans don’t wear their political views on their ...

Thanks for the music

ND Music Educators Association, Bismarck North Dakota values music education. This past session, the Legislature doubled down on its commitment to the importance of music in our public schools by investing $800,000, which will be allocated to every school district across the state. As ...

At a loss for words

Nancy Bommelman, Minot The Mayor and the city council would like to either renovate or build a new building for city hall. For the first time in my life I think I’m at a loss for words. I’ll try to sum this up quick. IF the Big M building is used I hope everybody understands there is ...

Rebuttal question

Mary Tompkins, Minot How did the Democratic Party go from the party of John F. Kennedy to the party of Ilhan Omar and A.O.C. (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)?

A NE Minot history lesson

M.L. Berg, Minot The flood of 2011 took a terrible toll on Minot. One of the hardest hit areas was my old neighborhood in northeast Minot, lying east of 3rd Street NE and south of the railroad tracks. My family lived in this part of town in the 1950s. At that time, its boundaries were the ...

Oil spills: It’s not all or nothing

Don Morrison Bismarck Meridian Energy recently announced they are still moving ahead with their plans for the refinery they want to locate on the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The company says everything is peachy and the refinery won’t even be noticeable. This goes against ...

How are we supposed to live?

Nancy Bommelman Minot Here is something I don’t understand. How come the gathering space is going to be built around railroad tracks and the flood zone? What if it floods again, then we have to ask the government for more money. I think, and this is just my opinion, I think it has to do ...

Give us your views on Legacy Fund

Sen. Ray Holmberg, R- Grand Forks Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee In 2010, the voters of North Dakota by a 63.5% voting yes approved a constitutional amendment to create the Legacy Fund. The measure provided that 30% of oil and gas gross production and oil extraction taxes were to be ...

Cable median barriers save lives

Mark Nelson Bismarck Safety on our roadways is the top priority for the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). In 2018 NDDOT launched the Vision Zero safety initiative with a goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads. As part of that ...

Lignite coal is unique

Mike Holmes Lignite Energy Council The Lignite Research and Development partnership between the state of North Dakota and the regional lignite industry is just one example of how the coal industry in the state distinguishes itself from other generation sources found in the United ...

Support for Gathering Space explained

Josh Wolsky, Minot A couple of weeks ago, a letter to the editor requested that a member of City Council provide justification for the gathering space investment. Mr. Ziegler, you asked; here is one Alderman’s response. The circumstances of the Gathering Space project are this: In 2011, ...

Think twice about Blu

Doug Pfau, Minot This letter is in response to the article titled BLU ON BROADWAY in the 8/27/2019 edition of the MDN. The article describes the plan to build a commercial and residential property, which includes 42 low to moderate income apartments, Here are 3 points for the city council to ...

Where is the common sense?

Bob Zeigler, Minot Oh, boy. Blu on Broadway. Underground parking with apartments built on top. Where have we heard this before? And a lot of assumptions. The residents won’t have cars. They won’t have more than one car. Just once, could I read a story with common sense being a part ...

Lucky to have Trump as POTUS

Linda Blackston Marsh, Bottineau How did the American people get so lucky? Let’s be clear. President Trump single-handedly built one of the largest and most successful real estate empires in the world. That’s not a profession where you can get lucky with one idea you bring to market a ...

Sage advice from the Zanders

Diane and Tim Zander, Minot We are concerned for our kids/grandchildren. We don’t want military grade weaponry on their streets: body armor, suppressors/silencers, assault rifles. If you already have an “A whatever” keep it, but let’s legislate clip quantities. If you think you ...

Legacy Fund a good dilema to have

Ryan Senderhauf, Williston Ideas to use the Legacy Fund are endless. Tax reductions, water infrastructure, flood control, education, special facilities, recreation, and more have been suggested. All are relatively valid ideas to use our state’s unique savings to better position the state ...

Help out the kids, and teachers

Nancy Bommelman, Minot School has started! Bring out the banners and start the parade! It’s always an exciting time for the kids and teachers. Every year I bring numerous backpacks filled full of school supplies to the schools for children that are less fortunate. I remember going to school ...

Many to thank for building project

Christopher Bachmeier, Des Lacs - Burlington Superintendent of Schools I would like to give a “big thank” you to all who have helped make the completion of our building project a success! First, I would like to thank Consolidated Construction, EngTech, and all the subcontractors who had a ...

No shortage of cars among LMI

Dale Henry, Minot The community will be getting a huge snow-job if we believe that parking won’t be a problem at the proposed Blu project. I have heard the development side explaining that LMI (low-moderate income) residents will have no car, or one car, and walk around. Rubbish. LMI ...

Democrats have changed since JFK

Christine C. Greene, Surrey I would think Mr. Slorby would be far more curious as to how the democrat party in one third of the time went from JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country.” To one that wants to give free health care, free college ...