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Letters to the Editor

No going back to pre-COVID

Vicki Voldal Rosenau, Valley City Maybe I need to spend my Sunday mornings in a pew again. But in which church? Even though my grandfather was a strict Lutheran preacher, the compelling goodness of New Salem’s priest, Rev. John Guthrie, provokes me to consider a conversion to Catholicism. ...

Omdahl criticizing clergy and churches

Rev. Arie Bertsch, Minot After two weeks of Lloyd Omdahl’s “Local Opinion” articles in the Minot Daily News and other major newspapers throughout the state, criticizing clergy and churches, I have to speak up. First, Omdahl made the comment, “We have prominent preachers trying to be ...

Thank you for working for us

Carolyn Moore, Minot When his cell phone rang at 10am on a recent Saturday morning, Minot Rep. Bob Paulson answered from his tractor. I was on the other end of the line, calling to voice my concern about the suspension of winter athletics and what I saw as executive overreach by the ...

Bless our troops this Christmas

Richard Reuer, Minot This past week, two areas (Pioneer Village Museum-Burlington and the Grand Hotel) here in the Magic City opened their doors to the public to share the 79th annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Here the public was given information on four of our North Dakota sailors ...

Thank you, Mr. President

Ron Schmidt, Tolna Well Donald Trump is soon to be gone. Legally? Slavery used to be legal. Fairly, absolutely not. No president has ever been so maligned by opposition politicians and press alike. An absurd travesty. Trump was and is Immanuel Goldstein incarnate. His opposition is ...

Rights being chipped away

Darrell Graf, Medina As years have accumulated, I have noticed man of the rights we used to have and live by have changed to illegal activities. The rights of the people keep getting chipped away. The only hope we have is that every four hours we have an election for our president. It is one ...

Will they or won’t they?

Andrew Alexis Varvel, Bismarck President Elect Joe Biden calls to “achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country.” Vice President Elect Kamala Harris calls to “root out systemic racism in our justice system and society.” Do they really comprehend what they ...

ND in a behavioral health crisis

Megan Ekren, Ty Hegland, Patti Senn North Dakota is in the midst of dealing with two public health crises, the recent and pervasive COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing behavioral health crisis of both substance use disorders and mental health issues. Not surprisingly, the emergence of COVID-19 ...

Response to Omdahl column

Melissa Podruchny, Minot Lloyd Omdahl, I am the secretary at the Minot Congregational United Church of Christ. I just read your (Nov. 21-22) weekend article in the Minot Daily News entitled “A COVID-19 Message for the Clergy.” While I couldn’t agree more with most of what you had to ...

Comprehensive plan needed for behavioral health

Megan Ekren, chair, North Dakota Addiction Counselor Association Ty Hegland, chair, North Dakota Addiction Treatment Providers Coalition Patti L. Senn, chair, North Dakota Coalition of Training Consortiums North Dakota is in the midst of dealing with two public health crises, the ...

A most precious gift

Lloyd Kvam Minot I want to give you a little background before I begin. The first born in our family died from pneumonia when he was two weeks old. My family was on a farm at the time near Plaza,ND. When I was five years old my dad got a job on the railroad so we moved our house to ...

Home treatment urgently needed for COVID-19

Jim Olson Minot “Hope you’re doing well.” That’s the response received by a man I know who had emailed his doctor last month, saying he had developed symptoms of COVID-19. “Hope you’re doing well.” Sadly, it’s what too often passes for early treatment of a disease ...

Honoring industry that employs veterans

Rep. Mike Brandenburg, Edgely In my 22 years serving in the North Dakota National Guard and while serving as State Representative, I have seen firsthand the tireless dedication of our servicemembers to our country. As we (honored) our brave men and women this Veterans Day, I want to also ...

Trump’s election reaction reflects his presidency

Brad Mills, Jamestown Soon to be former President Trump and his Republican enablers want us to believe that the presidential election was rigged and that there was rampant voter fraud. Basically, any vote for President-elect Joe Biden is illegal, and if all those votes are thrown out then ...

Grateful for Gov. Burgum’s leadership

Joan Connell, Lead, NDMA Physician Advocacy Group We, as North Dakota Physicians, support and thank Governor Burgum for his recent executive orders mandating masks, restricting large crowds, and limiting restaurant hours/capacity. We are grateful to Governor Burgum for taking this step to ...

Just a fair chance

Dr. Andy McLean, Grand Forks I am writing this in the service of health care colleagues and citizens of my state of North Dakota, a state straining with the impact of COVID-19. I write as an individual physician, with intentions to represent only myself. I was born and raised in rural North ...

Because they won’t tell you…

Elizabeth Koenig, Bellevue, Wash. I’m talking about your doctors and nurses. Your pharmacists and medical assistants. Your radiology and lab technicians, therapists, medics and all the other health care workers who are there for us whenever we’re sick or hurt. Right now, they’re ...

Governor: Do the right thing

Matt Gerszewski, Minot Congratulations, Governor, on your huge re-election victory this week. There is no doubt you are a very popular office holder. This is a fervent plea for you to use that popularity and your immense political capital to help the state get a much tighter hold on the ...

Governor: Take safety serious or resign

Joshua Sauvageau, Minot Governor Burgum – you out of touch, Stanford-educated, elitist billionaire – it is time for you to take the safety of North Dakotans seriously, or resign. To the utter shock and dismay of yours truly, you were re-elected. Being a ND native, I understand the ...

Thank you, Edison School

Gary Ochsner, Minot Thank you to the students of Edison Elementary School for showing their appreciation to Veterans. It was an amazing sight and event to see all of the students lined around the entire school block. A lot of work went into the posters that were made showing their ...