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Letters to the Editor

Wonder no more

Wayne Rowe, Minot I think it is time to put a good scare into everyone reading your newspaper. The Coronavirus is slowly wreaking havoc around the world. The stock market is falling, oil prices dropping and people apparently going crazy for toilet paper. Oh yes and people are getting sick ...

Now we get it

Daryl Somerville, Chandler, AZ Now we get it. It was very puzzling to many of us as to why the new contract extension for the city manager was done in such a rush. I am assuming that it needed to get done before any of the city employee concerns were made public. The article written by Rob ...

Thanks for the assistance

Willie Ressler, Minot On behalf of Special Olympics North Dakota, thank you to the city of Minot for hosting the 2020 State Basketball Tournament. The Minot community played a significant role in providing over 60 games for 49 teams comprised of more than 430 athletes from across North Dakota ...

Working on a badge

Bill Egan, Minot My name is Bill Egan. I am a 16-year-old sophomore at Central Campus. I am a Life Scout with Troop 425 and I am working towards my Eagle Scout. Currently I am in a Communication merit badge and I am writing you to tell you about the Salvation Army. I choose the Salvation ...

Arrive alive, don’t drive distracted

Sydney Boyce, Minot Distracted driving is any act that takes a person’s attention off the road. When the term distracted driving is presented, the first thing that may come to mind is the use of cell phones. Cell phone usage while driving is seen almost everywhere you go and is a dangerous ...

Don’t judge the parents

Nancy Bommelman, Minot We all talk about bullying in the school system. Which is wrong from the word go. Even as adults I see bullying going on. Having a loved one who has an addiction is hard enough without people in this community looking down on me as if I have a scarlet letter on me. ...

Parting words

Kevin Ternes, Minot I want to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Minot for allowing me to serve in the Minot City Assessor’s office for almost 29 years and being your City Assessor for the last 16 years. I want to especially thank former Minot City Assessor Erv Johnson and former ...

More common sense needed

Harold Mellberg, Minot Thank you, former council member Tim Greenheck, for your recent letter calling out the City with your questions and comments. Excellent adage of “biting the apple twice.” Rest assured there are many citizens who agree with you, myself included. I suggest you ...

U.S. never more divided

Steve Moen, Minot We’re all going to get tired of political ads and the media’s endless braying about polls and such before we get to vote in November. The thing to remember in all this is that never in recent history has there been such a huge difference in beliefs and agendas as there ...

Reflections on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Dina Butcher, Bismarck Much is being written about Auschwitz, the “showcase” of the Holocaust where 1.1 million, mostly Jews, were killed, as 75 years have passed since the Russians liberated it. My Grandmother, Goldina Schoenthal, was 65 when she was sent there from hiding in Holland ...

We must be loaded

Eugene Paulsen, Minot This city must have a —- of money! A new city hall ($14 million give or take) but who will keep count. New locks to keep the public out of areas of city hall (if they listened to the public they wouldn’t need locks) another $52,000 and whatever these will cost ...

Check your 1099s

Bob Skarphol, Tioga With the advent of “Tax Season” comes the arrival of tax information. ND royalty owners should all receive their IRS 1099s relative to these royalties. If you receive royalties, please take time to try and understand these documents. Pay particular attention to the ...

She got it right

Matthew Klein, Minot The Saturday, Feb. 15, letter to the editor by Valerie Potter was certainly well written with her background and experience. She provided much needed clarity to the discussion of the Minot Public School lunch program problems with payment, etc., putting the respnsibility ...

Packer collusion destroying cattle business

Barry Borg, Valley City It’s the law — lately, you have no doubt heard, “No one is above the law.” I suppose you have also heard, “Laws were made to be broken.” Which is it and what side are you on? This letter is to address what is going on in the cattle trade. While visiting ...

Same goal, different path

Nadia Smetana, Lansford This letter is in response to the letter titled “New name not a fix” which criticized the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) approach to sex education. The writer and I have something great in common, believing that young people should be given “the tools they need to ...

Trump cuts coming

Mark Timbrook, Minot So Trump is about to cut Medicare, Social Security, and Farm Crop Insurance in his 2020 budget. North Dakota senators and the rep have yet to stand up for a state that has a high rural poverty level and agricultural base. Humorous how this state has gone from ...

We can fix this

Dan Reinhard, Minot It was with truthful honesty that revealed school lunch payment problems from the letter written by Valerie Potter entitled: “No Child Left Hungry” in the MDN opinion page on February 15, 2020. She witnessed the problems facing our school lunch payment program with ...

Thanks for the road assistance

John Ploof, Minot Thursday’s light snow made the roads quite slippery. I found out the hard way. On my way down 6th St. NW to the MSU dome, I tried to make a left hand turn just above the football practice field. Halfway through the turn, my front-wheel-drive minivan decided to go ...

What’s wrong with this picture?

Nancy Bommelman, Minot I have a few questions that I would like answered along with a lot of taxpayers. 1. How come we can spend millions on a new city hall but there are children that can’t afford lunches in schools? 2. Why isn’t the city giving money to these lunches so the kids ...

A word about cancer in National Cancer Prevention Month

Mikey Hoeven, Bismarck As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, I want to share the following information as we observe National Cancer Prevention Month. More than 1.8 million Americans are expected to be diagnosed and ...