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Letters to the Editor

Shame on county commisson

John Roll, Minot Dear Ward County Courthouse Commissioners: I have long pondered sending this memorandum to you. As you know, my former Boss terminated me after 5 years of mistreatment, where I had suffered under a daily hostile work environment. Prior to my unjust firing, I gave the Ward ...

Bait and switch

Linda Carter, Minot Here we go again. Last year Jason Sorenson told the City Council that a recycling program would cost the taxpayers about $4 more on their water bill. People responded unfavorably of adding another charge on their bill. Now this week Sorenson told the City Council ...

Don’t silence Natives

Lisa DeVille, Mandaree Native communities have very few opportunities to voice our concern about major projects such as drilling, highways, pipelines right-of-ways, and industrial waste sites in our backyard. Yet the Trump Administration is trying to remove the few opportunities we do ...

New name not a fix

Dylan Hennessy The article “Sexual avoidance course returns to Minot” published on January 29 is prompting a program that has been proven by multiple studies to fail our children. Abstinence-only now has a new name: “sexual risk avoidance” – however, a new name doesn’t fix the ...

Take a lesson from Norway

Mike Williams, Fargo Great to hear from Gov. Doug Burgum in the 2020 State of the Union message that North Dakota’s Legacy Fund is growing, now at $6.8 billion. He mentioned that Norway’s Sovereign Fund is over $1 trillion. We discovered this when I traveled with a group of leaders ...

New lunch policy: we can do better

Deven Mantz, Minot I noticed the Minot School Board came out with a new updated lunch policy and wanted to share it. The more I think about it the more it bugs me. So here’s the gist: 1) If a child has a negative lunch balance of $15 or more, they will be served a PB&J sandwich every ...

Unlawful taking of mineral rights goes on

Bill Thomas, Williston In the 1950s the federal government, anticipating Lake Sakakawea and the flooding of private lands in western North Dakota, conducted extensive surveys and appraisals along the Missouri River to base the purchase of millions of dollars worth of land to be flooded. ...

Plenty of blame to go around

Nancy Westman, Minot What we are witnessing and seeing on live TV is the culmination of years of bipartisan politics, a heavily lobbied Congress and career politicians (0 term limits; lifetime benefits that add to the national deficit). When the United States of America is divided and its ...

Council wasting time and money

Nancy Bommelman Minot I want people to read this letter and think about what is said. For the life of me I don’t understand why we would want the big M building for a new city hall. It was full of water in the basement at one time and you know that means mold. Also I believe the only ...

All creatures cold and compromised

Mark Kraft, Deering Farmers and ranchers, now that we here in North Dakota are going into the worst part of winter after a terrible summer, please let me ask of you. Please keep an eye on your neighbor and their livestock, including horses and dogs. For some, it’s going to be hard to feed ...

Operation Christmas Child a success

Dana Williams, Operation Christmas Child, Boone, N.C. I am writing to thank Minot residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Minot and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a ...

Better think again

Karen Elliot, Minot Do Kelly Armstrong, Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven think that Trump — once he’s removed, disgraced, and running from the law — is going to give them even one backward glance? If so, they’d better think again. Have they noticed how he says “I don’t know ...

God bless the Minot PD

Harold Mellberg, Minot Our PD needs our citizens and business owners support more than ever My hat is off to the Minot Police Department. As a lifelong resident who has been here I can only say thank you for your excellent service for the citizens and businesses of Minot. Rest assured that ...

Needs or wants

Dean Somerville, Minot This topic covers many issues when it comes to spending money, in this case, the taxpayer’s money. I am addressing a new City Hall. The City now operates with about 15,000 sq. ft. that includes the council chambers. The City now determines it needs 44,700 sq. ft. ...

Kindness was appreciated

Richard Reuer, Minot On Saturday, Jan. 11, Honoring Those Who Served-Ministry breakfast group was holding their steering committee meeting at the Homesteaders. As the six of us were gathering together to enjoy breakfast together and to start another year off with bringing our breakfast group ...

Raising the tobacco purchase age is a good step forward for prevention

Dr. Eric Johnson, Grand Forks I have a long history of working in tobacco prevention and control in North Dakota, and recently I’ve had many ask about the new age 21 tobacco legislation. Here’s what I can tell you based on what I know: Although tobacco initiation is a “choice,” ...

Observations of good, bad, ugly

Cindy Sessions, Minot The Good: Adidas making football cleats out of recycled plastic bottles, Trinity embracing the National Maternal Health Campaign, the Safe Kids Coalition and the Weigh 2 Change program. And how about their progress on that fantastic looking new hospital? Also, Tide ...

Trump not “digging up dirt”

Jim Geiger, Minot I would like to comment on the article on December 7-8 written by Tammy Caldwell of Minot. I am always amazed at the amount of misinformation there is floating around our world today. President Trump was not “digging up dirt” about a potential political opponent. He ...

Hoeven and Cramer will acquit

Steve Moen, Minot Welcome to 2020; the year Trump gets elected by a landslide and the Democrats lose the House. Things are good, the stock market is roaring, unemployment is at historic lows; there are more jobs than people to fill them, new trade deals are being done, the #1 terrorist in ...

No abuse of power

Dr. Linda Blackston Marsh, Bottineau Republicans have a four-point defense of President Trump that destroys the Democrats allegations of abuse of power. The Democrats are accusing Trump of shaking down Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky by withholding aid and demanding announcement of ...