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Letters to the Editor

Honoring industry that employs veterans

Rep. Mike Brandenburg, Edgely In my 22 years serving in the North Dakota National Guard and while serving as State Representative, I have seen firsthand the tireless dedication of our servicemembers to our country. As we (honored) our brave men and women this Veterans Day, I want to also ...

Trump’s election reaction reflects his presidency

Brad Mills, Jamestown Soon to be former President Trump and his Republican enablers want us to believe that the presidential election was rigged and that there was rampant voter fraud. Basically, any vote for President-elect Joe Biden is illegal, and if all those votes are thrown out then ...

Grateful for Gov. Burgum’s leadership

Joan Connell, Lead, NDMA Physician Advocacy Group We, as North Dakota Physicians, support and thank Governor Burgum for his recent executive orders mandating masks, restricting large crowds, and limiting restaurant hours/capacity. We are grateful to Governor Burgum for taking this step to ...

Just a fair chance

Dr. Andy McLean, Grand Forks I am writing this in the service of health care colleagues and citizens of my state of North Dakota, a state straining with the impact of COVID-19. I write as an individual physician, with intentions to represent only myself. I was born and raised in rural North ...

Because they won’t tell you…

Elizabeth Koenig, Bellevue, Wash. I’m talking about your doctors and nurses. Your pharmacists and medical assistants. Your radiology and lab technicians, therapists, medics and all the other health care workers who are there for us whenever we’re sick or hurt. Right now, they’re ...

Governor: Do the right thing

Matt Gerszewski, Minot Congratulations, Governor, on your huge re-election victory this week. There is no doubt you are a very popular office holder. This is a fervent plea for you to use that popularity and your immense political capital to help the state get a much tighter hold on the ...

Governor: Take safety serious or resign

Joshua Sauvageau, Minot Governor Burgum – you out of touch, Stanford-educated, elitist billionaire – it is time for you to take the safety of North Dakotans seriously, or resign. To the utter shock and dismay of yours truly, you were re-elected. Being a ND native, I understand the ...

Thank you, Edison School

Gary Ochsner, Minot Thank you to the students of Edison Elementary School for showing their appreciation to Veterans. It was an amazing sight and event to see all of the students lined around the entire school block. A lot of work went into the posters that were made showing their ...

Work doesn’t end after election

Lisa Finley-DeVille, Mandaree I want to first, acknowledge and congratulate, my opponent, Senator Jordan Kannianen, for winning his re-election in District 4. Although we didn’t win this race, we won by showing our children what is possible for all of us. The work doesn’t end today, we ...

Personal responsibility falls short

Jacob Thomas, Minot Both of my children celebrated their 2020 birthdays over FaceTime. We tried to make the celebration as normal as we could, considering the circumstances. Balloons. Cake. Pizza. All while aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends sang, “Happy Birthday” through tinny ...

Election integrity needed to trust process

Patricia Ann Marquard, Minot While I was watching the process of the Presidential Election on television what I saw defied belief. It was because of the way the number of voter ballots came in, and how the projection of electors for both candidates were portrayed on the networks. What I ...

America more than one man

Jamie Stewart, Bismarck On November 7, 2020, the same day the media announced that Vice President Joe Biden is the President elect, Bismarck decided to hold a rally for President Trump. This rally was attended by many elected officials to include North Dakota’s Congressional delegation. ...

Remembering Pilgrims on 400th anniversary

Julia Ernst, Grand Forks In November of 1620, the passengers aboard the Mayflower penned a revolutionary agreement now known as the Mayflower Compact. This band of refugees had fled their homeland and immigrated to America, bringing with them very little except their determination to make a ...

History supports court nominations

Ron Carlson, Bismarck About the Merritt Garland non appointment to the Supreme Court –history tells me it has happened 19 times since 1881(?) The President, in his final year, made a nomination to the supreme court while the Senate was controlled by the opposition party. 19 times this ...

Test your hand washing technique

Mary Koponen, Grand Forks Health care workers know effective hand washing prevents infection spread. Early in my medical technologist career, I failed a handwashing test. Years later, I was on my hospital’s Infection Control Committee monitoring infection rates and educating. Since Covid ...

District 8 should decide successor

Rose Christensen, Barnes County Governor Burgum’s recent attempt to install his hand-picked successor to a “vacancy” in District 8 was a brazen attempt to usurp the power of the people of District 8 to choose their own Representative to the legislature. He has no authority to make ...

Thanks for great testimonial

Roger M. Wahus, Minot Thank you Dennis Berg for the moving tribute to our great flag in the letters to the editor, Oct 31st-Nov 1st. I too am a veteran of that era, and it always gives me a proud swelling in my chest to stand up, place my hand over my heart whenever our Nat’l Anthem is ...

All should be treated equally

Lloyd Kvam, Minot In a place of business I think everybody should be treated the same as much as possible. This is especially true when you are hands on with people in hospitals or nursing homes. Some employees are not trained to perform their duties to the satisfaction of their patients or ...

Pollsters choose to be in error

Ron Carlson, Bismarck Well, is it over….yet? Did the polls predict this out come? I don’t think so…heavy on the “think” because the final has yet to be final!!! Every poll, EVERY POLL, had Joe Biden winning in a landslide. Support for President Trump was spiraling down as in ...

Public health asks help from governor

Governing Council of North Dakota Public Health Association The North Dakota Public Health Association (NDPHA) is made up of the public health professionals leading prevention and education efforts, carrying out testing, tracing, quarantine and isolation efforts in response to the COVID-19 ...