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Letters to the Editor

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Lance D. Gaebe, BismarckAs the Land Commissioner, it is not my role to determine Minot's need for additional schools; that is up to voters. However it is my responsibility to correct misinformation being conveyed regarding the purpose of state "school lands" and the perpetual trust funds under ...

The right thing to do

Jim Rostad, MinotElection Day is nearly here. On Dec. 10, the voters of Minot will be asked to approve the sale of $125 million in general obligation bonds to build a new elementary school, build additions at two existing elementary schools, convert Central Campus into a third middle school, ...

Support the school district

Josh Wolsky, MinotMinot Public Schools deserves your support on Dec. 10. I've followed the bond issue closely since the school district began holding community meetings on building condition and enrollment growth last spring, and I applaud and appreciate the way school administrators have gone ...

Schools need changes now

Miles Anderson, MinotOne of the things that hasn't been mentioned in regards to the school bond issue is that if Minot wants to attract company headquarters to Minot, they must show that they are progressive. If a company is looking to locate in N.D. they will not want to send their children to ...

Can districts work together?

Christopher Welch, MinotMinot has been growing for the last couple of years and this has caused in dramatic increase of students in our schools. The Minot public school district has plans to expand if the $125 million bond is passed, but they are not the only schools looking to grow. Two other ...

Who’s paying for advertising?

Kevin Nelson, MinotI find the advertising for the upcoming election on the school bond issue to be very interesting. We are being bombarded with "Vote YES" in the paper and in TV ads. I wonder who is paying for these ads?Could it be that the school board is using our tax dollars to advertise ...

Vote ‘yes’ on Dec. 10

McKenna Brown, MinotWhy should we vote 'yes' to the bond issue? Minot is growing and this high school is going to be overflowing with teenagers. If we say yes to the bond issue then all these children and teenagers would have more space, and not as big of a class. If we get a new high school, ...

We don’t need more schools

Robert Hale, MinotMinot voters are being asked to unnecessarily tax themselves $125 million dollars for schools. Even if Minot needed new schools, it is the State's constitutional duty to fully fund our schools. The state has the resources to do so, but refuses. It is our duty as citizens to ...

Don’t follow city’s advice

Robert L. Timm, MinotDo it, don't do it, do it! The city of Minot needs to stick to the "Don't Do It" policy of allowing homeowners to hooking their sump pumps into the city sanitary sewer system. Instead of fining homeowners for hooking their sump pumps into the city sanitation system, as they ...

Know all the facts first

Ashlee Swartwout, MinotOn Dec. 10, a huge decision for Minot will be made. This is the day when citizens will vote on the bond issue. I myself cannot vote, but if I could, I would most certainly vote yes to this issue.The bond issue is something that the people of Minot need to seriously ...

Taxes are too high already

John Newcomb, MinotDo we need to raise our already high taxes to build additional schools when the state has $2 billion?It is predicted in the near future that there will not be enough room for the incoming students with the current amount of space in the schools. Did you know that the oil boom ...

Positives, negatives

Melora Haagenson, MinotThe oil business in western North Dakota has brought positive changes, such as an abundance of jobs, but along with those positives are plenty of negatives. First, in Williston, there was a housing shortage. Now, there are enough houses to go around, but most citizens ...

Against the school bond

Jeff Brose, MinotMy youngest son, a 4th-grader, is in his second year in a portable at Perkett. While not the most convenient, he still manages to receive a quality education. I agree, something needs to be done. What I am opposed to is the effect the proposed project will have on ...

Everyone is equal

Leah Helgeson, MinotNot everyone looks or acts the same. So it is very important that we stop racism, because racism could hurt a human emotionally and it would lead to dangerous actions; everyone should be treated equally."Residents of Leith should feel at ease."- Grant County Sheriff. The ...

Energy independence

Jake Bloms, MinotThe United States should strive for energy independence. Recently, America produced more oil than it imported, the first time since 1995.The discovery of the Bakken, and fracking technology has made an immense difference in U.S. oil production. While the U.S. still imports a ...

Defining moment

Connie Feist, MinotSeldom does an issue arise within a community that can be described as a defining moment for the future of its citizens. Such an issue will be voted on in Minot on Dec. 10 with the school bond election.With unprecedented growth of over 1,000 new students in the past five ...

Minot needs price limits

Karter Gorney, MinotThe people of Minot should vote for a price limit on housing. The prices for housing and rent are through the roof in Minot.According to Jill Schramm, "It affects more than 28 percent of people, and those people pay a third of their income on housing alone." The only people ...

Not everyone received help

Kathy Kimball, RyderI would like to voice my opinion to the gentleman who had a letter in Nov. 17 letters to the editor.Our house flooded, the one my first husband and I bought 34 years ago and I got in the divorce with the mortgage and where I raised my kids.I never sold it because of that ...

Fighting for equality

Trisha N. Manion, MinotThe war between America and Britain started new rights for all.Now we know that's a lie. Only the white man got those rights. There are stories of other races and different genders fighting to get the rights promised to them for coming here. There were slaves who normally ...

Bond issue needs change

Andrew Owen, MinotMinot Public Schools are experiencing overcrowding due to the limited amount of schools and space within, and because of the influx of people due to the massive oil boom. Many residents of Minot are going to vote 'yes' for the upcoming granting of $125 million to the Minot ...