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Letters to the Editor

Happy Tofurky Day

Heather Moore, PETA Foundation Many people will be stuffing themselves with tasty vegan foods this Thanksgiving. In 2017, 6% of Americans identified as vegan—an increase of 600% in just three years—and new vegans are sprouting up left and right, as more people become aware of the ethical ...

When is it OK to bully?

Russell Bass, Minot When is it OK to bully? We are all taught that bullying is never ok or acceptable and we tell our children that you should never treat anyone differently or be part of the “in” crowd and go along with such behavior. Go to your counselors, your teachers, your principal, ...

Significant changes coming at NDDOT

Bill Panos, NDDOT Director After hearing feedback from citizens about long wait times at some of our driver’s license offices, the North Dakota Department of Transportation is happy to announce a new comprehensive effort called “Drive ND” to improve driver’s license customer service ...

Native Americans deserve strong air pollution standards

Lisa DeVille, Mandaree Last month, I joined citizens from across the country in Dallas, Texas to testify against Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s proposal to eliminate direct regulation of methane from the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, a proposal ...

ND not senior friendly

Carol H. Johnson, Minot It puzzles me why SD has no state income tax while ND has a 5% state income tax. Not only that, but Minot has a 7.5% city tax which makes a whopping 12.5% state and local tax. SD average State and local tax rate is 6.4%. Montana has zero state taxes and no sales ...

What are elected officials doing about immigration mess?

Ron Carlson, Bismarck Has anyone else noticed the number of European countries reevaluating their immigration policies? France just announced a “reorganization.” Sweden states a new look will be taken. France, Sweden and Germany have voiced concerns about a drastic change in their ...

Mr. Nathe and Mrs. Lee need to go

Charles Tuttle, Minot Yesterday Wednesday, November 6th I drove from Minot to Bismarck to observe (I believe it’s called) the legislators of the audit review committee. The purpose of the committee is to review the state auditor’s audits and to make recommendations based on the ...

Disagrees with editorial

Bob Ziegler, Minot Let’s see if I understand this. Beto O’Rourke is an extremest demagogue to whom the Constitution means nothing, and that makes him a spawn of Satan. Donald Trump is an extremest demagogue to whom the Constitution means nothing, and he is the herald of the second ...

North Dakota Legacy Fund idea

John Cyr, Fargo With 6.2 billion in the fund this should be the easiest decision our Legislature can make. My numbers may be off just a little but it makes sense. Put $400 million in an endowment in the bank owned by the state taking 4% in interest per year to fully endow a full 4-year ...

Rudy: He owes me an apology

Rep. Dan Ruby, Minot I felt it was necessary to respond to the erroneous comments Brad Magnuson leveled about me in a previous Letter to the Editor. The comments were related to the bill I introduced preventing cities from implementing bans or taxes on plastic bags, straws, cups, and other ...

Some who serve are ignored

Lloyd Kvam, Minot President Trump has been very active in supporting our military. The Army National Guard and all the Reserves, however, have been ignored when it comes to benefits. Yes there are short term benefits such as: 1. Basic Training to equip you mentally and physically for active ...

Still for banning plastic grocery bags

Brad Magnuson, Chairman ND Renewable Energy Caucus Recently, the Environmentally Minded People of Minot Facebook group, we’re working alongside City Council, to lay out a plan to ban plastic grocery bags across the city. Conversations were held with various retailers, and it was reported ...

How Trump missed the riot

Gene Nygaard, Crosby Those rambunctious, overgrown third-graders made a quite ruckus for a little while at the U.S. House of Representatives. Haven’t heard if little Kelly from North Dakota got in on it, or maybe he was just one of those whose work was interrupted by the rioters. Aren’t ...

Too many guns

Jim Lein, Minot A curious column (Oct. 16) by Rob Port: “Suicide is a bigger threat than shootings for North Dakota’s kids.” More often than not, a suicide is a shooting. Especially so for males. We have an overabundance of guns in our society. And kids know how to get at them. ...

Oley Larson’s post was mean-spirited

Philip S. Hall, Spearfish, S.D. State Senator Oley Larson’s Facebook posting showing a debunked photo of U. S. Congresswoman Ihan Omar is an example of the mean-spirited, thoughtless comments that all to often are coming from irresponsible partisans on both sides of the political divide. ...

Forget the whole thing

Paul Ferrer Minot What am I missing? All this drama playing about a “gathering place.” I’m confused. I can’t remember seeing anything that clearly defines what is a “gathering place” in the context that it is being used and the purpose for it. At one time I thought I read ...

What’s wrong with my math?

Bob Skarphol Tioga Over the last several months I have been unsuccessful in trying to elicit a thorough explanation from Hess Bakken Investments of the Postproduction costs being assessed against the royalty owners’ statements. Conversations with other royalty owners seeking similar ...

Thank you Richard Pardon

Patsy Bergan Minot This is in reference to Richard Pardon’s letter of October 12th about buying locally. Shortly after the article appeared in the MDN that the city had purchased police vehicles and purchased them out of state I sent a letter to the editor questioning this. You see ...

Keep pushing oil production

Danita Bye Stanley From time to time, a writer or editor suggests the value in slowing down the pace of development in the Bakken. Though well intended, the idea of slowdowns and shut-ins are more harmful to our state than beneficial. Why do I say this? Slowdowns and shut-ins reduce the ...

Safety concerns on Broadway

Lloyd Kvam Minot Broadway is like a cash machine. Just because it’s been going on for years doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. I’m going to use Simonson’s Station Stores as an example. I would like to see NO LEFT TURN signs going into some of the business places ...