Letters to the Editor

Leave village where it is

Clay Rein, MinotI am writing this letter in regard to the Pioneer Village at the State Fairgrounds.I served the people of Ward County for almost 30 years as deputy Ward County auditor and secretary of the County Park Board and secretary of the County Planning Commission.I believe somewhere ...

A quest for funding

Leah Rogne, Gheen, Minn.Recent news reports on the Fargo Diversion painted an overly rosy view of the chances for funding. Contrary to some reports, no funding is attached to the water resources authorization bill Sen. John Hoeven says is headed for the Senate floor. With a Senate and House ...

Legislative intrusions

Richard Shafer, Grand ForksNorth Dakota Senate Bill 1332 aimed at eliminating the voter affidavit process represents another blow to wider democratic citizen participation in North Dakota.Many potential voters in the Minot area who don't have driver's licenses or state-issued photo ...

Prove you are a citizen

Jake Tiessen, GarrisonOn your opinion page of March 31 this year there was a letter written by Marvin Frank of Grand Forks.What is wrong to have a bill that would require to show that you are a citizen of this country? If you are not a citizen of the USA you can't vote. That has nothing to do ...

Lessons of Roe vs. Wade

Jan Brooks, MinotDoes anyone in this state remember why Roe vs, Wade was enacted?Before Roe vs Wade some pregnant females were aborting themselves with homemade methods. Many of those females died, as did their fetuses, of infections and punctured uteruses or poisoning from some of the ...

STARBASE is in danger

Norine Coffin, MinotAs of two weeks ago, an awesome educational program in our community has been placed in an uncertain future. The program is called DoD STARBASE, as it is funded by the Department of Defense. DoD STARBASE is a program for fifth-grade students which encourages and motivates ...

Ryan team impressive

Ralph and Darlene Jose, FargoWhat an exciting and climatic finish for the Minot Bishop Ryan Lions girls basketball term at the Class B Girls Tournament held at the Fargo Dome with an impressive undefeated season record of 27 0! Congratulations.We had the privilege of being the team hosts for ...

Equal treatment

William Philion, MinotI am writing in response to an article in The Minot Daily News dated March 29. There was concern about flood victims not applying for the grant money made available because they could no longer supply the $30,000 they were granted by FEMA. They had spent it on other items. ...

A rush to judgment

Rep. Dan Ruby, Minot; Rep. Larry Bellew, MinotThe April 2 editorial" Sending the Wrong Message" was premature and rushed to judgment before the entire story was told.Drunk driving is a serious problem in our state. It has ruined far too many lives. We take our responsibility to address this ...

Bottle rocket statistics

Kyle Thiel, DickinsonHB 1257, which would have lifted the ban on bottle rocket sales in North Dakota, failed the Senate despite data proving bottle rockets aren't as dangerous as opponents claim. Bottle rockets are legal here, but you can't buy them. Sen. Oehlke and Sen. Sinner helped keep it ...

Throwaway society

Sharon Tranby, Des LacsThe beauty of ancient buildings visible during the coronation of Pope Francis brings to mind our "throwaway" society and the current argument between the State Fair Board and the Ward County Historical Society. Apparently the catalyst was the gift of a little red ...

Shame on North Dakota

Carrie Evans, Baltimore, Md.Gov. Dalrymple:I was hoping against odds (as I often try to do with North Dakota) that you would veto the bills that restrict women's access to abortion. Alas, my home state continues to disappoint.I graduated from Minot State University in 1990 and could not have ...

Emotional zealotry

Dina Butcher, BismarckEmotional zealotry trumped good governance on the reproductive rights issues. By not vetoing the bills sent to him, Gov. Jack Dalrymple avoided the wrath of the zealots who are intent on tearing the Republican party apart not to mention the cost they have imposed on we ...

Suppressing right to vote

Marvin Frank, Grand ForksDear Fellow North Dakotans,I am very concerned that some North Dakota legislators that are moving a bill that would require identification to vote. Our right to vote as American citizens is fundamental to the core of our democracy the democracy I was proud to fight to ...

Thank you, governor

Eleri Oley Kerian, GraftonThank you, Gov. Jack Dalrymple for signing HB 1305, SB 2305, and HB 1456. While out-of-state abortion money is being spent trying to convince North Dakotans that these bills are the result of "anti-choice" extremists, it is really the opposition that is ...

Budget cuts will hit N.D.

Niles Eastman, FargoThis letter is in response to the Minot Daily News article "Sequester cuts and the view" (March 26th, 2013).It is easy, at this point, to look at the sequester and underestimate its impacts. The average American heard all the doom and gloom warnings for months, and then woke ...

Don’t charge for service yet

Gary Nielsen, MinotFirst of all let me state I am not against paying for the electronic reading service of my water meter. What I am displeased with is being charged for a service that is not being used at this time by me or by the City of Minot regarding my residence.As an example, if Minot is ...

Confused by Republicans

Tanya Stebbins, ColeharborI've never been more confused; what does the N.D. Republican Party stand for? I understood Republicans believed in less government involvement, personal responsibility, fiscal restraint to leave more money in the people's pocket. I get that, but here are just a few ...

HC 3033: Do not pass

Jay Taylor, DurbinThe N.D. House of Representatives supported HCR 3033 by only one vote, and it now awaits action in the N.D. Senate. HCR 3033 is a resolution to study the feasibility of promoting the use of smokeless tobacco as well as newer products like electronic cigarettes as safe ...

Judge Dredd as president?

Matthew Rothchild, Robbinsdale, Minn.Recent current events have revealed some troubling trends with injurious implications for the future of our society.1) Many demands have been made for extensive regulation of those citizens who wish to exercise certain of their rights. These demands are ...