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Letters to the Editor

Thanks for the road assistance

John Ploof, Minot Thursday’s light snow made the roads quite slippery. I found out the hard way. On my way down 6th St. NW to the MSU dome, I tried to make a left hand turn just above the football practice field. Halfway through the turn, my front-wheel-drive minivan decided to go ...

What’s wrong with this picture?

Nancy Bommelman, Minot I have a few questions that I would like answered along with a lot of taxpayers. 1. How come we can spend millions on a new city hall but there are children that can’t afford lunches in schools? 2. Why isn’t the city giving money to these lunches so the kids ...

A word about cancer in National Cancer Prevention Month

Mikey Hoeven, Bismarck As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Cancer Prevention Month. More than 1.8 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed and ...

No child left hungry

Valerie Potter Minot I was reading a letter to the editor two weeks ago about the Minot Public School (MPS) “peanut butter sandwich policy”. I worked for the (MPS) system as a lunchroom supervisor and in the kitchen for many years at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. I would like the ...

No bait and switch

James Hatlelid, Minot In response to the letter of Linda Carter on Feb 9th, 2020 she is comparing apples and oranges. The 4 dollar fee she mentions is for every week recycling, the first pickup would be for garbage the 2nd of the week would be recycle stuff. The $2 is projected based on ...

Just wondering

Diane Zander, Minot I wonder: Where is Jessie Veeder? Loved her local column! Tony Bender on hiatus? Giggled at his satire! If fifteen of nineteen 9/11 attackers were Saudi, why are we still teaching them to fly? Six point four trillion American dollars have been spent in the Middle East ...

Election tampering will go on

Pat Fischer, Ellensburg After reading Lloyd Omdahls letter I did a bit of a computer search on how clean the USA is in other countries. Democrats scream Russia and Putin at the top of their lungs. All reports indicate they did not change one single vote in 2016 or 2018. Did they change a ...

Think before you vote

Nancy Bommelman, Minot Next time the citizens of Minot go to the voting booths they should ask themselves, “(Did) the person I’m voting for give me what I wanted last time?” “Did they make promises they didn’t keep?” A lot of politicians, as we know, make promises they can’t ...

Property tax the most unfair of taxes

Jim Soltis, Minot On Saturday the 18th, I attended the District 38 Reagan Luncheon & Delegate Election Convention. The Keynote speaker was Rep. Rick Becker from Bismarck. His speech was about the movement to suspend property taxes. His speech made it clear that there was more than enough ...

Shame on county commisson

John Roll, Minot Dear Ward County Courthouse Commissioners: I have long pondered sending this memorandum to you. As you know, my former Boss terminated me after 5 years of mistreatment, where I had suffered under a daily hostile work environment. Prior to my unjust firing, I gave the Ward ...

Bait and switch

Linda Carter, Minot Here we go again. Last year Jason Sorenson told the City Council that a recycling program would cost the taxpayers about $4 more on their water bill. People responded unfavorably of adding another charge on their bill. Now this week Sorenson told the City Council ...

Don’t silence Natives

Lisa DeVille, Mandaree Native communities have very few opportunities to voice our concern about major projects such as drilling, highways, pipelines right-of-ways, and industrial waste sites in our backyard. Yet the Trump Administration is trying to remove the few opportunities we do ...

New name not a fix

Dylan Hennessy The article “Sexual avoidance course returns to Minot” published on January 29 is prompting a program that has been proven by multiple studies to fail our children. Abstinence-only now has a new name: “sexual risk avoidance” – however, a new name doesn’t fix the ...

Take a lesson from Norway

Mike Williams, Fargo Great to hear from Gov. Doug Burgum in the 2020 State of the Union message that North Dakota’s Legacy Fund is growing, now at $6.8 billion. He mentioned that Norway’s Sovereign Fund is over $1 trillion. We discovered this when I traveled with a group of leaders ...

New lunch policy: we can do better

Deven Mantz, Minot I noticed the Minot School Board came out with a new updated lunch policy and wanted to share it. The more I think about it the more it bugs me. So here’s the gist: 1) If a child has a negative lunch balance of $15 or more, they will be served a PB&J sandwich every ...

Unlawful taking of mineral rights goes on

Bill Thomas, Williston In the 1950s the federal government, anticipating Lake Sakakawea and the flooding of private lands in western North Dakota, conducted extensive surveys and appraisals along the Missouri River to base the purchase of millions of dollars worth of land to be flooded. ...

Plenty of blame to go around

Nancy Westman, Minot What we are witnessing and seeing on live TV is the culmination of years of bipartisan politics, a heavily lobbied Congress and career politicians (0 term limits; lifetime benefits that add to the national deficit). When the United States of America is divided and its ...

Council wasting time and money

Nancy Bommelman Minot I want people to read this letter and think about what is said. For the life of me I don’t understand why we would want the big M building for a new city hall. It was full of water in the basement at one time and you know that means mold. Also I believe the only ...

All creatures cold and compromised

Mark Kraft, Deering Farmers and ranchers, now that we here in North Dakota are going into the worst part of winter after a terrible summer, please let me ask of you. Please keep an eye on your neighbor and their livestock, including horses and dogs. For some, it’s going to be hard to feed ...

Operation Christmas Child a success

Dana Williams, Operation Christmas Child, Boone, N.C. I am writing to thank Minot residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Minot and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a ...