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Letters to the Editor

Election security funding critically needed

Tammy Caldwell, Minot Our elections are still vulnerable to foreign interference. The national security community has confirmed hostile foreign powers like Russia, China, and Iran are already working to compromise our upcoming elections. That’s why the Senate’s refusal to pass ...

Thanks for giving

Linda L. Randolph, Minot Many families in the Minot Community had a good Thanksgiving thanks to Terry Clayton and his friends who helped him reach his goal of serving as many of the Lords Cupboard Food Pantry clients as possible. Two deliveries of turkey and the trimmings totaled 492 ...

Wasted money

Chris Baker, Minot Curious how One Brand did that survey with TAXPAYER MONEY! Who the heck are “community stakeholders with interest in Minot’s One Brand Campaign”? Wouldn’t that be the people who asked for the survey? Just a little self-serving, eh? Should that tiny sub-set of the ...

Here we are again

Ron Carlson, Bismarck So here we are at the same crossroad intersection and haven’t learned a thing from the long road we traveled to get here…. Some time ago some people did something…Saudi Arabians, belonging to the peaceful religion, training as pilots in this country declared, by ...

Recycling: Trash the idea

Linda Carter, Minot It is time to review. Several years ago Jason Sorenson and his Merry Band (the city council) decided that Minot needed to have automated trash pick-up. After all Bismarck and Fargo had it and it seemed to be working fine. Since when do we need to keep up with the ...

Here’s a better idea

Rhonda Francis, Minot Who pays for the Mayor’s & City Council raises? I haven’t had a raise in 26 years! As a homemaker, wife and caregiver. Let’s put $$ to better use for the public. Activity/Learning & play centers for the youth. And a warm water pool for MS, MD, RA, ...

Republicans need to sign on to impeachment

Tammy Caldwell, Minot The sheer amount of criminal evidence unearthed by the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump marks an unprecedented moment in American history. It’s time for Republican lawmakers to join Democrats in supporting drafting articles of impeachment. GOP reps want to be ...

Minot already recycles

Lianne Zeltinger, Minot Who, in Minot, is being prohibited or restricted from recycling? I, personally recycle, reuse and repurpose items. I could always do more. I also pick up litter which, I guess, adds to our local landfill. I appreciate the due diligence the council is giving this ...

Big difference between private and public signage

Chris Baker, Minot If we didn’t constantly spend money on studies and consultants and polls (buying daily coffee shop coffees) (raindrops), most of which end up explaining only how we need more studies and consultants and polls, (employment program?), at least until the funds available for ...

Minot has potential

Mahmood Qazi, Minot After having lived in Minot for 4 years and reading the local press, watching the local electronic media, I found it to be an interesting place to live for a long time and raise the family here. I have been reading the idea of city gathering place in the town and wanted to ...

Evil doesn’t change

Dan Reinhard, Minot For those that may remember the movie Blackhawk Down, they might recall that horrific battle was fought by our military in Somalia. As with numerous consequences in most wars, there will be many noncombatant refugees. There were several thousand such victims in Somalian ...

No explanation needed

Bob Zeigler, Minot So now it is Trinity’s fault that the city council can’t figure out that no one in Minot except them wants a gathering space? Trinity said “no,” so it is “no.” No explanation needed. Three spaces considered, none acceptable? Duh? Just like the parking garages ...

Thank you Minot Air Force Base

Steve and Jan Moen, Minot We would like to give the guys and gals from the Minot Air Force Base a big Bravo Zulu, a mighty well done, and a big thank you for all the work they did giving us senior citizens a great Thanksgiving meal and get together. The fact that they all volunteered to do ...

Bye-bye buy local

Nancy Bommelman, Minot BUY LOCAL, BUY LOCAL!! That’s all we hear. A recent letter in the Minot Daily News said that the city council agreed to buy some vehicles outside of the state of North Dakota. They went to another state, Minnesota to buy these? Let’s break this down, there ...

New bar hours appalling

Cindy Sessions, Minot The City Council has failed to represent the core values of its hard working taxpaying families in three key areas recently and could seriously jeopardize the safety of all its citizens in two. On Nov 19, 2018 they voted to let bars stay open until 2 a.m. North ...

Same old, same old

Chris Baker, Minot A complete change of school administration did nothing to change the abusive school system, the more things change, the more they stay the same! Some families have experienced multiple generations of such treatment in the Minot Public Schools. Race is not material, ...

How many will take the fall for Trump?

Jim Lein, Minot Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadapoulos and, most recently, Roger Stone. All these guys worked for Donald Trump and are now in prison or awaiting sentencing. How many more people have go to prison for Trump before we realize and admit the ...

Open letter to Dan Ruby

Brad Magnuson, Chairman, ND Renewable Energy Caucus Dear Mr. Ruby, There seems to be a disconnect on your end of this issue regarding plastic bags, so, allow me to make clear my position on this: 1.) The legislation hamstrings local communities from deciding what’s best for them, as far ...

Couples need to make informed decisions

Willow Hall, Bismarck Since 1993 the maternal mortality rate has more than doubled, bringing the U.S. to the bottom of the developed world. As a Doula, a non-medical support person who supports pregnant women during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, I am often asked about choosing a ...

Why I oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline

Lisa DeVille Mandaree My home, the Fort Berthold Reservation, is a web of oil and gas pipelines. Here’s why I oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. My name is Lisa DeVille. My Indigenous name in white mans’ language is, “Accomplishes Everything.” I am an enrolled member of the Mandan, ...