Letters to the Editor

Info on ND requested

Jackson Horvath Queen of Peace Catholic School 4508 Vistula Road Mishawaka, IN 46544 I am writing to you as a part of a class project for the novel “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.” My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country in a state we chose to learn more ...

Double-crossed

Ralph Muecke Gladstone North Dakota is under attack! By who? You guessed it. By those the people elect to represent them in state government of course. I’m talking about the current 2019 Legislative session. We elect people to go to Bismarck to represent us in state government. ...

Voters will remember in 2020

Norton Lovold Bismarck On March 12th the House and Senate Ethics Committees convened to hear both SB2148 and House Bill 1521 for the first time since crossover. There was strong testimony before the House Ethics Committee in favor of SB 2148, and not without good reason. SB 2148 in its ...

Less government? Really?

R. James Maxson Minot I credit the Minot Area Development Corporation, of which I am a former board member and chair, for its recent release regarding the largest local employers. Minot Air Force Base, to nobody’s surprise, is the largest local employer. Trinity Health is number two. ...

Missed opportunity

Matt Gerszewski Minot Sens. Hoeven and Cramer had the opportunity on Thursday to courageously side with the Constitution and Congress’ traditionally exercised power of the purse – its Constitutionally-mandated control of government spending – over the extra-Constitutional whims of ...

Stop taxing Social Security in ND

AARP North Dakota Executive Council Did you know that more than 50,000 North Dakota retirees pay income taxes on their Social Security benefits? As AARP North Dakota volunteers, we are working to change that. North Dakota is one of only three states that fully taxes Social Security ...

Thanks to the volunteers

Willie Ressler Minot On behalf of Special Olympics North Dakota, thank you to the city of Minot for hosting the 2019 State Basketball Tournament. The Minot community played a significant role in providing 60 games for 49 teams comprised of more than 460 athletes from across North Dakota a ...

Use Legacy Fund to build TR Library

Lyn James Bowman A great deal of President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy was shaped right here in North Dakota. According to his autobiography he stated, “I have always said that I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” Our state has a ...

Victim of hate mail responds

Cody Stanley Grand Forks Hate is not the North Dakota way, and it will not deter me from continuing to use my First Amendment right to express myself. Over the last couple of years I have written several letters to the editor. My latest one was a critique of Representative Armstrong’s ...

What is “real” socialism?

Phil Weigel Minot If you spend any time online and if the subject of Venezuela is brought up, inevitably the argument goes “That’s not Real Socialism” to try and deflect criticism away from socialism and dismiss its failings. There’s a few problems with this, however. The first is ...

Take in a forum soon

Lianne Zeltinger Minot To those of you who have not attended one or more of the legislative forums, you have missed quite an opportunity to see, hear and question your Minot legislators. They stand before the electors and take questions on any of the more than 1,100 bills. Minot’s ...

Social Security not being subsidized

David McCormack Minot This letter is in response to the AP article (As Budget Deficit Balloons…) in the March 10 MDN. Social Security was listed as one of the causes of the deficit. If you check the facts at www.ssa.gov, you will find that Social Security is not a cause of deficit ...

Don’t crowd the plow

Tom Sorel Bismarck During the winter month’s one of the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s most important jobs is to maintain the state highways for motorists. Driving conditions have been exceptionally difficult this winter due to severe weather and several snow events. So ...

Win, what?

Eugene Paulsen Minot Let’s see, the Minot city council has now hired a planning consultant firm SRF Consulting. Now whose brother-in-law is employed by them? Got to be something like that. Anyway, Tom Barry is looking for a new City Hall. What about building it on top of one of the ...

Keep the Bakken competitive

Kent Kirkhammer Minot North Dakota legislators proved that they have the best interests of the state’s largest industry and workforce in mind by defeating legislation which would have hurt the Bakken’s ability to grow jobs and production. There were several bad bills in front of the ...

Why should Kim comply?

Dan Reinhard Minot While I have strong reservations believing that Kim Jong Un will ever denuclearize his tyrannical regime in North Korea, it was nonetheless a valiant attempt by President Trump to try to negotiate with him toward achieving that herculean objective; of global significance. ...

Which silly mistakes?

Bob Ziegler Minot I sincerely hope that the “silly mistakes of the past” that you so airily dismissed does not include the unwanted, unneeded, un-voted on parking garage. The last I heard, it is still standing, still leaking and our tax dollars are still being poured into it. ...

Better ways exist to reduce DUIs

Rep. Rick Becker Bismarck Prohibition of sobriety checkpoints in HB1442 passed the State House and will soon be heard in the Senate. Some are opposing elimination of sobriety checkpoints, usually saying, “We need to leave this tool in the toolbox for law enforcement.” That worn-out ...

Let’s vote on recycling

Harold Carson Mellberg Minot To be fair and to keep this debate on recycling simple, let the residents of Minot vote on this. Unless you have 100 percent participation by those that utilize current city pickup, it will be a flawed program, not to mention make costs for both the city and the ...

AP Fact Check

Phil Weigel Minot In the February 24th Sunday paper, there was a very long article by the Associated Press trying to exonerate Robert Mueller’s investigation and it’s written in a way that’s very plausible. Too bad that it’s built on a foundation of lies. Let’s break this down ...