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Letters to the Editor

Work doesn’t end after election

Lisa Finley-DeVille, Mandaree I want to first, acknowledge and congratulate, my opponent, Senator Jordan Kannianen, for winning his re-election in District 4. Although we didn’t win this race, we won by showing our children what is possible for all of us. The work doesn’t end today, we ...

Personal responsibility falls short

Jacob Thomas, Minot Both of my children celebrated their 2020 birthdays over FaceTime. We tried to make the celebration as normal as we could, considering the circumstances. Balloons. Cake. Pizza. All while aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends sang, “Happy Birthday” through tinny ...

Election integrity needed to trust process

Patricia Ann Marquard, Minot While I was watching the process of the Presidential Election on television what I saw defied belief. It was because of the way the number of voter ballots came in, and how the projection of electors for both candidates were portrayed on the networks. What I ...

America more than one man

Jamie Stewart, Bismarck On November 7, 2020, the same day the media announced that Vice President Joe Biden is the President elect, Bismarck decided to hold a rally for President Trump. This rally was attended by many elected officials to include North Dakota’s Congressional delegation. ...

Remembering Pilgrims on 400th anniversary

Julia Ernst, Grand Forks In November of 1620, the passengers aboard the Mayflower penned a revolutionary agreement now known as the Mayflower Compact. This band of refugees had fled their homeland and immigrated to America, bringing with them very little except their determination to make a ...

History supports court nominations

Ron Carlson, Bismarck About the Merritt Garland non appointment to the Supreme Court –history tells me it has happened 19 times since 1881(?) The President, in his final year, made a nomination to the supreme court while the Senate was controlled by the opposition party. 19 times this ...

Test your hand washing technique

Mary Koponen, Grand Forks Health care workers know effective hand washing prevents infection spread. Early in my medical technologist career, I failed a handwashing test. Years later, I was on my hospital’s Infection Control Committee monitoring infection rates and educating. Since Covid ...

District 8 should decide successor

Rose Christensen, Barnes County Governor Burgum’s recent attempt to install his hand-picked successor to a “vacancy” in District 8 was a brazen attempt to usurp the power of the people of District 8 to choose their own Representative to the legislature. He has no authority to make ...

Thanks for great testimonial

Roger M. Wahus, Minot Thank you Dennis Berg for the moving tribute to our great flag in the letters to the editor, Oct 31st-Nov 1st. I too am a veteran of that era, and it always gives me a proud swelling in my chest to stand up, place my hand over my heart whenever our Nat’l Anthem is ...

All should be treated equally

Lloyd Kvam, Minot In a place of business I think everybody should be treated the same as much as possible. This is especially true when you are hands on with people in hospitals or nursing homes. Some employees are not trained to perform their duties to the satisfaction of their patients or ...

Pollsters choose to be in error

Ron Carlson, Bismarck Well, is it over….yet? Did the polls predict this out come? I don’t think so…heavy on the “think” because the final has yet to be final!!! Every poll, EVERY POLL, had Joe Biden winning in a landslide. Support for President Trump was spiraling down as in ...

Public health asks help from governor

Governing Council of North Dakota Public Health Association The North Dakota Public Health Association (NDPHA) is made up of the public health professionals leading prevention and education efforts, carrying out testing, tracing, quarantine and isolation efforts in response to the COVID-19 ...

Legislation will save mothers, children

Elizabeth Jordan, Minot Thank you to Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) for Cosponsoring the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (S.1766). There has been a significant reduction in global deaths of mothers and children under the age of five over the last twenty five years. However, there is still a far ...

Governor has no gumption

Collin Evenson, Devils Lake When the pandemic hit, my wife and I self-isolated because I have an autoimmune disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis. When a national box store in our town had their employees wear masks and went on a disinfection protocol we started to get our own groceries and ...

Janene Haugen

April 6, 1940-Nov. 5, 2020 Janene Haugen, 80, Minot, ND went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 5, 2020. Janene was born on April 6, 1940, daughter of George & Pauline Benedict. In her earlier years, she lived in Lonetree, ND and later her family moved to ...

Look how far we have sunk

Marlene Oksendahl Rugby It is impossible to believe the depths to which our nation has fallen since the 60s and 70s. Who would ever believe that we would think that killing, fires, destruction, rioting and terrorism would be a way to solve our problems. Even murderers are provided with ...

Proud to have been a soldier

Dennis Berg Rolla For those who knelt during the Anthem (and for using their uniforms as human rights billboards): In the sixties my brother, sister and myself all received higher learning from NDSU. I remember well in 65 watching the Grambling game at Ceres hall on a black and white set. ...

The two-party struggle

Bob McNamara Upham Packing the Supreme Court is a hot topic. First thing that comes to mind is that the president cannot change the makeup of that court. Per the constitution the makeup of the Supreme Court is vested in congress not the executive branch. President Roosevelt tried and found ...

More tolerance needed

Mike Burckhard, Minot So much discourse in our society but so little of it civil. I suggest there are those individuals who have strong opinions on topics involving race, religion, sexuality, politics and finance but are too insecure and close minded to respect the right of others to ...

Small town values alive in Granville

Andrew Allis, Granville I wanted to give a shout-out to the honest folks in Granville evidenced by a recent incident at the Memorial Diner on Main Street there, which displayed the the best of small town caring and honesty. My wife and I moved from the East Coast to this small but friendly ...