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Letters to the Editor

Supporting bond issue

Lacey Stevick, MinotOn Dec. 10, I will be voting 'yes.' My decision is simple: It's the best choice for public education and it's the best choice for the community of Minot.The Minot Public School District is currently educating 475 students in 24 portables (this does not include the system of ...

Board has other options

Gregg Smith, MinotAfter reading all the pros and cons of the upcoming school bond vote, it is apparent that something must be done to alleviate the overcrowding taking place in the elementary schools in the district. Portable buildings are not the answer, and the amount of them in use in the ...

Remember all veterans

Max Zurcher, MinotVeterans Day 2013 will be celebrated Nov. 11 at the Grand Hotel at 11 a.m. The veterans groups of Minot welcome every person inspired by the meaning of Veterans Day to attend.A brief meaning of the word veteran one who at sometime in their lifetime have served this country, ...

Opposing trade pacts

Judy Stahl, Valley CityOn March 1, the Obama administration asked Congress for Trade Promotion also known as "fast track" for the president to negotiate trade treaties. It provides for only an up-or-down vote in both House and Senate, without amendment, within 90 days of being submitted by the ...

Start living like free men

Steven Moen, MinotMonday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day; all the freedoms we enjoy in this country are due in large part to the veterans. More than 1.6 million of them have paid the ultimate price to gain and to keep these freedoms.The Revolutionary War vets bled and died for religious and economic ...

Supporting school bond

Wally Hankla, MinotOur city has a big decision to make on Dec. 10. Do we support our local schools by voting 'yes' and building new, much-needed buildings or do we lag behind in educational facilities by voting 'no' and continuing to put up portables and go down the road of increasing our class ...

No more new taxes in Minot

Karen E. Fawbush, MinotWell, well, well, here we go again! Big surprise! Now there is another entity plus a "special" committee that wants to put their hands in our pockets.The Minot School Board and yet another town committee is looking for $125 million from just the property owners in town ...

Make them pay their fines

Nancy Bommelman, MinotThe city manager said the city of Minot is in debt. Here's a good way to get out of that debt make the people who are getting arrested pay their fines.Don't give them a time period over a year to pay a $300 fine. Make them pay it all at once, put that money toward what is ...

Schools should work together

Bill Treckman, MinotWhen is it enough?Voters in our area will be asked to approve school bond issues in the near future. That alone isn't the problem. The problem is there are three school districts that want to build new high schools! How many does the Minot area need?You have the Minot school ...

Coverage, and access

Kady Williams, Devils LakeAs a student in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program at the University of North Dakota, I have some grave concerns about the state of mental health and addiction treatment in North Dakota. I have spent a majority of my nursing career working with individuals with ...

Right thing for our future

Lynn Aas, MinotMinot is growing; make no doubt about it. The prospected city growth is real and sustainable. Now is the time for our community to make the right decisions and back the bond that has been promoted by the Minot Public Schools.I commend the school board and school administration ...

Different view of our state

Kevin R. Tengesdal, BismarckRecently, Congressman Kevin Cramer issued a press release where he invited President Barack Obama to make his first presidential visit to North Dakota. As a common-citizen of North Dakota, I chose to rewrite a similar letter to our president:Dear Mr. President,There ...

Disappointed in Obama

Mark J. Hanlon, BismarckBarack Obama, the first black president of the United States, sure sounded good when he campaigned (twice now), but I've been sorely disappointed.He promised "change you can believe In." He assured us politics would be less divisive under his regime and he'd work with ...

Voting ‘no’ for survival

Dan Griffith, MinotThe school board has released what the proposed taxes would be on a $200,000 market value home through 2017, which amounts to $138.10 per month starting in 2017 (or $1,657.20 a year). This figure is only an estimate which is understandable but this estimate assumes that the ...

Supporting school bond

Orlin W. Backes, MinotOne of the most important priorities for a proud, progressive and great community is for its citizens to provide a good education system. This includes the public and private schools as well as the university. The Minot Public School system has fallen behind in its proud ...

Are you ready to die?

Debra Grabow, HazenAre you ready to die?I have been a critical care nurse for nearly 20 years. I have seen much death. I have witnessed horrible death and beautiful death. In my experience, death is easier to handle and grieve for if we are prepared and family/significant others in our life ...

Incredible opportunities

Nick Monson, Grand ForksA recent article put North Dakota as the number one state of opportunity for youth and went as far to mark the state as having the largest proportion of 20- to 24-year-olds.It might be easy to visualize young people choosing our state for attractive salaries as ...

After the shutdown

Matthew Rothchild, Cambridge, Minn.Now that a deal has been reached to raise the debt ceiling to avoid default on the United States' sovereign debt and end the partial government shutdown, many voices are hailing this development as a triumph for reasonableness and sensibility. And there may ...

Advertising North Dakota

Shelly Ventsch, New TownRecently Gov. Jack Dalrymple was on the news justifying the NDIC's permitting more drilling near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park's North Unit. He had been to the area and said it is "not creating any undue problems ... in terms of appreciating the view."That is his ...

Bond issue gets support

Robert Wheeler, MinotWhenever I drive past a Minot elementary school and see "portable" classroom buildings on the grounds, my mind drifts back to my first grade experiences at Sunnyside School. At that time Sunnyside served only the first four grades in an old building that had seen better ...