Opinion

Memo to Dan Rather: Shut up about memos

National Columnists

Old liberal media liars never fade away. They just rage, rage against the dying of their dinosaur industry's light. I'm looking at you, Dan Rather. After years of trashing alternative media, which exposed the veteran CBS News reporter's monumental Memogate fraud in 2004, Rather has joined ...

Ward County wise to implement human resource department

Editorials

Ward County’s plan to restructure its human resource responsibilities into a new department is a wise one. The Ward County Commission examined proposals Tuesday for replacing Colleen Houmann, human resources coordinator, when she retires Feb. 28. They supported hiring a human resources ...

The practical side of a reasonable compromise

National Columnists

During President Trump's State of the Union address, he laid out four pillars he felt were necessary to a compromise on immigration. "The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a ...

Let’s limit spending

National Columnists

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value of ...

Lawsuit inevitable in right-of-way conflict

Editorials

It should come as no surprise that the debate over Ward Couty’s right of way “donation” rule is headed to the federal courts. There is simply no other remotely fair and even-kiltered institution to hear the dispute and have a resolution applied. The Ward County Farm Bureau and Ward ...

Garbage/recycling issues are just growing pains

Editorials

When the City of Minot completes its changes to garbage service and recycling, there will certainly be residents who don’t like any new systems. There will be those who will never approve of any change. Already there are those asserting a lack of competence and/or integrity on the part of the ...

A lifetime commitment to cancer prevention

Community Columnists

Of you’re like many Americans, you are already struggling to keep your new year’s resolutions. But consider the big picture: lifestyle changes like exercising more, quitting smoking and eating better are long-term strategies that may reduce your risk of cancer. About 1.7 million Americans ...

The Media’s free pass for bitter democrats

National Columnists

Even before President Trump gave his first State of the Union, the left was complaining that he was going to look "presidential." It still can't accept that he is president and gets to give presidential speeches. But Trump took that opportunity and fully exploited it. The Trump speech was ...

Minot not short of risk-takers

Editorials

One of the hardest things for a young person to do today perhaps is to go it alone – to open a business of your own. Be your own boss, win or lose. It is very evident that the entrepreneurial spirit still exists in Minot. Witness the opening of the indoor mini-golf business in downtown. Or, ...

Democrats should be wary of hubris in the 2018 cycle

Community Columnists

I’ve been having a lot of conversations with liberal friends of mine about North Dakota’s 2018 Senate race. They’re awfully confident. So much so they remind me of another group of people. Republicans in the 2012 election cycle (including this right-of-center observer, I must ...

Lying, spying and hiding

National Columnists

I have argued for a few weeks now that House Intelligence Committee members have committed misconduct in office by concealing evidence of spying abuses by the National Security Agency and the FBI. They did this by sitting on a four-page memo that summarizes the abuse of raw intelligence data ...

A shame that politics, polemics diminish big game

Editorials

Even polls conducted by professional pollsters have a margin of error, so un-scientific reader polls like those in Minot Daily News are certainly not an accurate gauge of overall public sentiment. Instead, they are a snapshot of a small group of readers who are motivated enough by a question to ...

Important real news you may have missed

Community Columnists

Obesity expanded in North Dakota as the battle of the bulges continued. According to unofficial estimates, residents gained 1,030,000 pounds and increased 279,000 inches of girth. Obesity advocates want to add girth to gender, age and race as protected persons and outlaw the Body Mass Index. ...

Pioneer Village is our history

Letters to the Editor

Mary Swafford Rural Minot The State Fair folks need to get something important to waste our money on. The Pioneer Village is our history. Adults and schools should bring children to see what it’s all about. It’s open more than the 9 day fair. Don’t be so selfish. Why do people want ...

Taxaholic governors try to dodge federal tax law

National Columnists

The governors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey joined forces last week to announce they're suing Uncle Sam. They're trying to torpedo the new $10,000 ceiling on how much state and local taxes their residents can deduct when paying federal income taxes. The three governors sounded ...

February flotsam and jetsam

Editorials

Today, a look at a few items from this past week at Minot Daily News. Initiatives underway It’s only a week old, but the expansion of our Meet the Artist feature is already attracting responses. In case you missed the announcement a week ago, we are now featuring artists of all stripes in ...

City being less than honest about landfill expansion

Letters to the Editor

Jeff Fox Minot In civic functions and public notifications of civic projects, there is a difference between doing what is minimally required by law or being transparent and notifying all who would and could be affected by those projects. Case in point; the City of Minot Sanitation ...

Government has mutated to tyranny

Letters to the Editor

Hal Neff Bismarck “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” The wisdom of James Madison some 230 years ago. “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you ...

Our family member was mauled to death by a pitbull

Letters to the Editor

Steve and Jackie Becker Minot We have lived in Minot for decades. We share our house with an old rescue dog. We understand the “love of dog.” What does Minot need to make it a safer place for you, your children, or even your dog? What does Minot need to improve the quality of life? ...

Burgum listening to the wrong people

Letters to the Editor

William Fleck Fargo For some time, Governor Burgum has showed himself to be on the right side of history when it comes to the public health issue of addiction. This was especially clear in his recent State of the State address in Minot. His compassion for North Dakotans who are ...