Letters to the Editor

Call it the ‘cost of living in Minot’ tax

Troy Johnson Williston I see a solution to Minot’s money problems, to start with, do what the oilfield does, lay everyone off, start over at a lower wage, take all the benefits away, including vacations and start from scratch. Also the ones that can’t get laid off gets a 10 percent cut, ...

City staff could turn down annual raises

Wayne Rowe Minot I have just read the article titled: “So Let’s Cut the Budget.” The news video I saw online suggested that every department including the airport will experience cutbacks. I was a city employee at the airport until July of this year. Sorry, but unless they plan on ...

Hats off to the Pioneer Village

Margaret Hass Minot We have so many things to enjoy in Minot no one can deny but being part of our pioneer’s life at the Pioneer Village is one of the best for both the young and old. The Veterans display in the museum is something all should see. It makes you so proud of our Veterans and ...

U.S. needs a Department of Energy

Ruth Urdahl Jamestown Eliminating the police and fire departments and building inspectors may reduce a city’s budget, but at what cost?? The same can be said about plan to eliminate federal departments, including the Department of Energy, proposed by white supremacist Steve Bannon, ...

Time for millennials to step up

Tanner Herbert Bismarck We as Americans have a love of democracy. We believe that our democracy is quintessential to our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy. So why then has “politics” become such a dirty word? The answer to me is simple: polarization. We all have an opinion, and ...

Whose pockets are going to be lined this time?

Nancy Bommelman Minot So the city manager wants to increase taxes again! Good Grief!! When is that going to stop? The way to NOT increase taxes for one is to redo the budget. When driving around Minot I see six men standing talking over a hole and one in the ground. Why do we need six ...

Fantastic job!

Bob Ziegler Minot I reported a broken water main on Sunday afternoon. The Minot PD responded quickly to seal off the area, and the water dept quickly turned off the water to prevent further flooding. Then Monday morning, the water dept showed up to repair the broken pipe. They dug up the ...

McCain vote revealed he has values

Monte Reiner Minot Last week’s thumbs down EMOJI by John McCain drew gasps and groans from every corner of the US Senate. Instead of voting with the 17% of Americans supporting the bill McCain showed he actually has values. Voting for a terrible process just to fulfill a campaign promise ...

Seeking medical help for son

Krisanna Peterson Bismarck ND says it wants to get people out of prison, that prisoners should be getting mental health services. My family is in a mental health prison, a prison without bars. I have begged the governor, the legislature, etc. for help and all I get is nothing. I have ...

Celebrating energy independence

Joan Sammon Williston Ingenuity lives within the human soul. It spurs innovation and is the root of our visceral inclination to problem solve and to improve our lives. The unleashing of the American Energy Industry is a testament to our human ingenuity, and it single-handedly shifted the ...

Heartsick and ashamed

Renee Ewine Bismarck The Republican leadership has weaponized healthcare in this country, stripping health care from millions in order to give the wealthy few tax breaks. From the beginning of this debacle I have often wondered at the relationship between these two things, and I know what ...

Send pipeline company the bill already

Mary Conrad Gackle So, it’s official: the federal government has denied reimbursement of the security costs ND incurred at Standing Rock during the protests against DAPL. As if watching my state’s muddled handling of last year’s unrest wasn’t painful and embarrassing enough, now ...

Good advice from Ben Franklin

Dan Manka Harvey I was recently enjoying God’s creation once again in Yellowstone National Park. At the large, beautiful Lake Yellowstone Hotel I overheard a father giving instructions to his son. Starting in 1960, my father began taking me to that hotel and that park of such amazing ...

Public turnout impressive

Jerome DeFelice FEMA Many thanks for all who helped host last week’s flood map meetings in Sawyer, Burlington and Minot. About a thousand households were able to get a better understanding of their flood risk and learn how upcoming map changes could affect them. Agents, realtors and ...

State Fair not appreciative enough to military families

Peter Schieferdecker Minot Between Minot AFB, Grand Forks AFB and the North Dakota National Guard contingent we have well over 10,000 military personnel and dependents residing in North Dakota. Their economic impact to state and communities exceeds a billion dollars. Besides their main ...

Minot has bigger issues than trash collection

Sarah Walker Minot I am responding to recent articles about the upcoming changes in trash collection. While I do have concerns for private trash collection businesses, the purpose of this letter is to address the changes to residential collection. I moved here from Denver, CO, the end of ...

Hoeven, Cramer are all talk

Jessica Dryer West Fargo A big Republican talking point is “run government like a business.” Many people buy into this idea, but I haven’t seen any commitment to it from our Republican leaders. Recently, there have been a slew of health care bills brought forward with no input from ...

Fear, hatred, anger are destroying our spirit

Kevin Tengesdal Bismarck This week, newsfeeds blast reports of politicians from a “Christian” nation determined to revoke healthcare from the vulnerable. A North Dakota Christian spews vile death threats at immigrants. The commander-in-chief tweets his loathing against military ...

Cookfest in Westhope was a success

Ty Engstrom Westhope Last Tuesday, Westhope was fortunate to host the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s seventeeth Cookfest at its school. Each year, the cookout is held in a western North Dakota small town whose economy relies on oil and gas development. Oil producers pair with a ...

Another trip to the woodshed for Sen. Hoeven

Krisanna Peterson Bismarck This is not good news when I need to write a second letter to the editor regarding Senator John Hoeven. I am outraged that Hoeven voted for Healthcare Procedural bill. I hope he realizes that you don’t need to follow all the Republicans. I learned early in ...