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Letters to the Editor

Fortunate for support of our delegation

Rose SchafhauserStillwater, Minn.On behalf of our Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services, the North Dakota suppliers would like to extend our thanks to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., for their bipartisan efforts to protect ...

Vote Ryan Taylor for ag commissioner

Warren D. LarsonBismarckA recent study funded by the North Dakota Petroleum Council studied the flammability of Bakken crude. They determined that it was quite safe to transport via rail.Wow! What a surprise! The fox said it is OK to guard the henhouse. Then our state's "watchdog," the State ...

‘Washington Monument’ principle

Dan SobieckButteToday I heard the shocking news that the proposed Conservation Initiative will siphon money directly away from school children. Right on schedule.In the federal government this is known as the "Washington Monument" principle, i.e. where proposed funding cuts in Washington are ...

A lot of money to get on the ballot

Jeff FoxMinotWhy would a group spend nearly a million dollars to get an initiated measure on the November ballot? That's how much money was spent to gather the 41,000 signatures needed to get the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks measure onto the November ballot.That's a lot of money to spend. ...

Vote ‘no’ on Measure 1 in November

Nikki Berg BurinGrand ForksLast December I held my grandmother's hand as she took her last breath in the Alzheimer's unit of her nursing home. It was by far the most difficult, but also among the most special moments that she and I have ever shared. As she passed away peacefully with her ...

‘The illusion of unlimited resources’

James and Ann MooreParsons, Kan.According to the Census Bureau, our U.S. population is about 318.6 million. Reportedly, our workforce includes about 146.4 million (46 percent), 116.3 million (37 percent) are income taxpayers, 9.7 million (3 percent) are "officially" unemployed, 18.7 million (6 ...

Why won’t Goehring debate Taylor?

Curtis StofferahnGrand ForksWhere's the current Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and why is he afraid to debate Ryan Taylor?Ryan Taylor has called on Commissioner Doug Goehring to debate him at anytime and anyplace, but Goehring has not yet accepted the offer. The Northwest Landowners ...

Measure 1 opposition is misleading

Nathan JoraanstadFargoRecently, there has been a huge push to label Measure 1 in a negative light. There have been articles written claiming Measure 1 is "the most dangerous piece of legislation ever purposed in North Dakota" (Opinion in the Grand Forks Herald - July 14th), that if passed, do ...

Get gates open so we can fish

Troy JohnsonWillistonWhat is wrong with the Corps of Engineers? I always thought they worked for the people of the U.S. What do they gain by fencing and gating off all the good ol' fishing areas? We pay our taxes for this land and we should be able to use it.We have way more shoreline in this ...

Prisoners should work for a living

Nancy BommelmanMinotI would like to know something. How come we can build a huge building next to the courthouse that has to have office space in it, so the county commissioners can have a meeting every month?Can't they use the public building where the city council meets? Have them go in there ...

Sinner only worried about getting paid

Jeff MillerRugbyGeorge Sinner apparently thinks it's inexcusable to meet with important federal officials, yet it's perfectly fine for him to skip town for a vacation during the most important votes of the legislative session. These were votes that funded our schools, built infrastructure, and ...

Students in opposition to Measure 3

Matthew PerdueRayBy now you've probably heard the growing buzz surrounding Measure 3, but do you know what this legislation really does? As a student at Dickinson State University, I've worked to understand the implications of the measure and have realized the negative impacts it would have on ...

When did Idaho change its state flag?

Linda ShackelfordPompano Beach, Fla.I was raised in Minot and would enjoy the State Fair parade whenever I was in town during the summer, however this year the parade was a big disappointment. The number of people walking and throwing candy was annoying.Was there a theme to the parade? And ...

About holding Stenehjem accountable

Kiara Kraus-ParrGrand ForksNorth Dakota is a wonderful place to live. I know this first hand. This is where I chose to build my life, my law practice, and my family. But crime is eating away at the quality of our lives. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is placing blame for this drastic increase ...

Time to clean up the mess

Cathy MillerDevils LakeI am visiting family here in Minot on July 21, 2014. The Magic City is bustling with activity during the State Fair! YOUR city represents our State July 16-26. I would consider this an honor.I am sad to say, there seems to be an ongoing problem in your city that does not ...

Letters to the Editor

'What would Jesus do?'Jessica ArnesonFargoAs a nation "built on Christian values," the current influx of immigrant children fleeing their homelands in hopes of finding safety begs the question, "What would Jesus do?" Would he speak of them like vermin, scare them with guns, barbed wire, and ...

Wharton has done good job

Rev. Charles Farmer, MinotMy sister from Kansas City recently visited. It was her first time in North Dakota. The thing that impressed her most was the city parks. Minot is blessed to have great parks and the Parks Department is to be congratulated!I want to encourage the Park Board to keep ...

Our personal liberties

William James Moore, Parsons, Kan.On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers cover certain contraceptive products at no extra charge, as part of preventive benefits in employee health insurance plans.This ruling reportedly applied to ...

Taking care of our kids

Wayne Rowe, MinotIt was July 7, not a hot day in Minot thankfully.You, are a shorter woman who had to take care of business at the DMV. Just a normal day for everyone at the DMV.My wife and I took care of business at the DMV behind you. Then, we headed back to our vehicle.What do I notice? ...

Tobacco tax is far too low

Jay Taylor, DurbinThe state of North Dakota just recently unveiled newly designed license plates that will be used and distributed over the coming months/years.The total cost to the taxpayers of North Dakota for this update was $7 million. The last time the license plate was changed was more ...