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Letters to the Editor

The justice system works

Matthew Rothchild, Cambridge, Minn.It's all over but the shouting in the George Zimmerman trial. And amid the shouting there has been suggestions that Zimmerman's acquittal was "a grave miscarriage of justice" and that this affair has "called the entire criminal justice system into ...

Raise N.D. tobacco tax

Valerie Schoepf, BismarckMinnesota just raised its cigarette tax by $1.60 per pack, leaving me in envy of our neighbor's efforts to help people quit smoking.High cigarette prices, and noticeable price hikes like Minnesota's recent increase, prevent young people from getting hooked and help ...

N.D.’s good neighbors

James Shackelford, BurlingtonA quick review of the news can convince us that all is not well in the world. But that is not the whole story. There is much good in life and much of that remains in North Dakota. I was privileged to spend 25 plus years in North Dakota serving a wonderful ...

Flexibility, transparency

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.Recently we saw gas prices spike when refineries shut down for routine maintenance and to turn operations around for summer blends. Some of these shutdowns were planned, and some weren't, but in either case, the simultaneous shutdown of ...

MSU made wrong choice

Doyle Radke, MinotI believe the decision to join the NCAA-Division II-Northern Sun Conference wasn't the smartest thing to do. First, the competition is too strong for Minot State to compete against the better teams and more importantly, it requires a lot of money for MSU to travel, house and ...

Fill the Boot successful

Dan Fuller, MinotOn behalf of the members of Local 1157, I would like to thank the citizens of Minot for helping the Minot Firefighters Local 1157 with another successful year of the Fill the Boot campaign. You donated over $36,000 this year, which is an impressive amount by any standard. ...

Fireworks are out of control

Milton Vanerstrom, MinotIndependence Day is a very important day in American history. Fireworks on the Fourth of July is like Santa at Christmas. Most of us have enjoyed shooting off fireworks at some time in our life. It is one of the traditions that people enjoy.The only problem is the city ...

Well done, city council

Mark Whitman, MinotCongratulations to the Minot City Council for maintaining a firm backbone against the forces of rampant capitalism.When Walmart swaggered into town thinking they were just going to set up shop anywhere they felt like it, well, you said not so fast buddy.You said "now that we ...

Newspaper history

Mark Berg, MinotThe article about labor unrest along Main Street in 1913 also lightly touched on the subject of the newspaper history of Minot in the comment (on p.A7)- "Shortly after the normal school's completion, that April one of The Minot Daily News's two precursors, the Ward County ...

Abortion response

Jerome Behm, BurlingtonI am writing to comment on the letter written by Kayla Schmidt which appeared in the June 23, 2013, issue of The Minot Daily News.Kayla Schmidt says she had the misfortune of reading Margaret Sitte's June 2 letter and Mary Graner's June 9 letter and that both of these ...

City needs to be cleaned

Mark Gaarder, MinotWhile out walking my dogs this morning, I passed a lady walking on Fourth Avenue Northwest with a plastic bag in her hand picking up litter along the avenue. I talked briefly with her and gave her my heartfelt thank you for her selfless work.It's been over two years now ...

A question for legislators

Jim Maxson, MinotThe June 2013 publication of the Bakken Magazine contains a report from the North Dakota Petroleum Council regarding how much money the 2013 North Dakota Legislature distributed to oil impacted cities.Dickinson received $26.4 million. Williston received $52.4 million. Minot ...

Life should be defended

Nick Schmitz, MinotRegarding Kayla Schmidt, she is simply wrong in describing herself in her June 23 letter as a "pre-me - a collection of cells." A human person is formed at the moment of conception. Abortion kills this living person. This is a scientific fact that is not disputed, and even ...

A very scary experience

Fern Skarphol, RyderI just had a scary experience. I picked up my daughter Andrea in Minot and was heading home on 83 South. Usually Andrea sleeps but this time she wanted to go to Taco John's so she was eating. I had my cruise on 70 and was passing slow vehicles. Was just ready to pass a slow ...

The history of Niobe

Robert Holmen, MinotThanks for the recent article describing the village of Niobe. My grandparents were homesteaders near Niobe and lived in the village during their retirement years. Their family, including my mother Jennie Ekberg Holmen and my aunt Lillie Ekberg Enget, considered Niobe to be ...

Anyone have any advice?

Jerome Hilson, MinotOur only home and primary residence is at Rice Lake. Our house has been flooded for over two years. Currently, the water on the main floor is 2 feet deep. We diked and pumped but couldn't save our home. We have never been approached about a buyout or any other type of ...

Investing in North Dakota

Lenny Behm, MinotNorth Dakota's boom is no longer a secret. From east to west, the state is filled with great opportunities to build careers and families. Amongst our flourishing economy, the energy industry has the clear lead in growth. While many may speculate on the length of the boom, its ...

Proud to work for Walmart

Darrel Johnson, MinotI started my career at Walmart corralling carts, which was perfect for a college student needing some spending money. After I graduated from Minot State University in 1995, I was offered the opportunity to advance my career by joining the Walmart management program. For the ...

Western N.D. is a safe place

Rita McNeil, WillistonWestern North Dakota is a safe place to live. I am a resident of an RV park north of Williston and I am as comfortable here as I was in Minnesota.Assertions that peril is around every corner are flat-out wrong. That editors at other newspapers specifically discredited a ...

Protecting vulnerable

Ret. Pastor Elwood Rieke, FargoWhile immigration reform is a political issue, it is so much more than "just" a political issue. It is one of the gravest moral issues of our time! The nearly 11.1 million people who are living undocumented in the United States are truly among the "least of ...