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Opinion

When Politics Was Fun

National Columnists

On Sept. 26, 1960, when Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy and his Republican opponent, Richard Nixon, met in the first ever nationally televised presidential debate -- watched or listened to live by some 60 percent of adult Americans -- there were no overnight polls or sophisticated voter ...

The next school board will have its hands full

Editorials

When one considers all of the challenges that the Minot School Board will face in the coming years, it’s almost a wonder that four candidates want one of the two seats up for election. Yet they do; kudos to them. Just to recap some of what the school district is up against ... – The ...

Democrats’ dishonesty hands Trump a winning issue

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as “Diabolico”) told the young girl that “the Beast” wanted “a soul” before having his partner shoot ...

Park board candidates have listened well so far

Editorials

The seven candidates for three open seats on the Minot Park Board all seem to have good ideas, but their combined wish list could get very pricey. Ideas that came up in candidates’ responses to a Minot Daily News questionnaire included new splash pads, an indoor swimming pool complex, new ...

Minot parks could be better

Letters to the Editor

So this morning, Memorial Day, myself and a few friends went down to Hammond Park to play tennis as we do every Saturday and holiday at 8 a.m. This morning like most the nice folks that come and open up the facilities came at around 9:45 a.m. This is about average give or take a 30 minutes one ...

Trump has stood up to China

Letters to the Editor

I support President Trump’s position that we must do something about China’s trade tactics. For far too long, China has had the upper hand in our trade deals. Now, due to strength and tough negotiation, we’ve reached a tentative deal worth cheering for. Up until President Trump came ...

Will work for big bucks

Letters to the Editor

How do I go about getting a city contract? In addition to the parking garages and new garbage trucks, and who knows what all, I’d like to tell about a local company who got a contract to upgrade water lines in the 400 block of 15th Avenue SW. They were supposed to begin on Monday, the ...

Get out and vote

Letters to the Editor

It’s been two years since the voters of Minot approved a change in government and based on what we’re all experiencing in this election spring, it’s officially fair to call the #MakeMinot initiative a resounding success. I know there are those of you grumblers out there who wanted to ...

Poke in the eye was undeserved

Letters to the Editor

Your Memorial Day paper had an opinion piece by Jamie Stiehm that referred to our President as being on the dark side and an Ugly American. I served four years in the U.S. Military to provide someone such as Ms. Stiehm her First Amendment rights to spew something this disrespectful the one ...

Do we want passenger rail service?

Letters to the Editor

It has come to my attention that the current Board of Directors and the CEO of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation aka AMTRAK would just as soon eliminate all long distance trains in America. They site costs, aging equipment, and safety concerns as their reasons behind this ...

Former county VSO responds

Letters to the Editor

I wish to respond to the news article in last Sunday’s MDN concerning the Ward County Veterans Service Officer, John Crosby. I served as the Ward County VSO from 1996 until my retirement in 2016. My administrative assistant, Kathy Holte, and I spent many years providing outstanding ...

Thank you Minot

Letters to the Editor

The Ice Cold Ryders would like to thank each and every person that came out to participate and help with our annual Pics4Kids at Oak Park in Minot. A very special thank you to the following clubs for their continued support; Christian Motorcycle Association, Wheels of Faith and New Horizon MC. ...

Gutting BLM methane rule hurts ND taxpayers

Community Columnists

Every year millions of taxpayer dollars are lost on wasted natural gas in North Dakota and other western states. With the country facing increasing debt and growing deficits this is no time to give away billions of dollars to profitable businesses. The Department of the Interior administers ...

50 years ago and now

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — If you think this country is in impossible turmoil today with a president at war with his own Justice Department and FBI over Russian meddling in our affairs, just look back to where we were a half-century ago. Then, another president, Lyndon Johnson, had already been driven to ...

Explore North Dakota this summer

Editorials

If you are looking to save gas this summer by vacationing near home, you might check out what’s happening these days in tribal tourism. It appears there are plenty of interesting and fun events planned this summer besides the colorful pow wows the tribes have been known for years for ...

Is America’s racial divide permanent?

National Columnists

For Roseanne Barr, star of ABC's hit show "Roseanne," there would be no appeal. When her tweet hit, she was gone. "Roseanne's Twitter statement, is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," declaimed Channing Dungey, the black president of ...

Step one to stop false accusations: exposure

National Columnists

Incontrovertible fact: People lie. They fudge little things, like their height or weight. They exaggerate their athletic prowess or professional accomplishments. They deceive family, friends, lovers, voters, government officials, business partners and themselves. They lie about murder, theft, ...

More progress needed in razing ‘zombie’ homes

Editorials

Minot residents have been patient. Remarkably patient. Still, seven years after the Souris River swallowed up much of the valley in the worst flood on record, dozens of “zombie” homes remain – largely untouched. They dot the valley, some sitting smack dab in the middle of neighborhoods ...

Republicans poised to gain Senate seats in 2018

National Columnists

Last December, Democrat Doug Jones won a Senate race in Alabama by defeating a horribly flawed Republican candidate Roy Moore. For the first time, it appeared that the Democrats had a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in 2018. The Republican advantage was trimmed to a 51-49 ...