Opinion

Don’t be too quick to dismiss ‘Beltway insiders’

National Columnists

"Fishermen, sharpen your hooks, bring out the cheese balls and grease your bicycles. Soon there's going to be trout fishing inside the Beltway." That's the first time the phrase "inside the Beltway" -- meaning, in this instance, the physical realm within the I-495 ring road that surrounds ...

Congress plotting to cut a hole in the 4th amendment, again

National Columnists

Hidden beneath the controversy stirred up last week by the publication of a book called "Fire and Fury," a highly critical insider's view of the Trump White House that the president has not only denounced on national television but also tried to prevent from being published and distributed, are ...

Take advantage of the medicine disposal event Jan. 18

Editorials

Unused or unwanted medications should not be ignored. No, you shouldn’t save them – they can get into the wrong hands and kill, often times children. Flushing them is not the thing to do. And putting them in the garbage can is not advisable either – both of those methods can result in ...

Yes, take Oprah seriously

National Columnists

If Hillary Clinton could deliver a political speech half as effectively as Oprah Winfrey, she might be president today. The actress, media mogul and erstwhile queen of daytime TV gave what, if she ever becomes president, will be known to history as the Golden Globes Address. The first de ...

Are Trump’s accusers ‘mad’?

National Columnists

"Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer." -- W.C. Fields Having lost an election they thought they would win and unable to get over it; having been staggeringly wrong about their predictions that a Trump presidency would be the end of global economies; now ...

Good law enforcement is worth its weight in gold

Editorials

It’s human nature to hold certain people, often because of the positions they hold, to higher standards than others. This can all depend on an individual’s personal perspective, but police are among those held to a higher standard. To a certain extent, on the individual level, this is ...

‘Fire and Fury’ is much ado about nothing new

National Columnists

There are plenty of shocking bombshells in Michael Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," but is there anything actually new? I haven't read it yet, but I have been following the crowdsourced effort by other journalists to recount every salacious tidbit. The quotes ...

Minot Park District has big plans

Editorials

As you can read on today’s front page, the Minot Park District has big plans for the future, the key word being “plans.” There has been growth and development in Minot’s past that did not always involve a lot of real planning. Not this time, though. The Minot Park Board and staff ...

The ground is shifting under Obamacare

National Columnists

President Trump has perfected the art of antagonizing his opponents with provocative tweets. He demonstrated this skill recently in declaring that the tax reform act, by repealing the Obamacare mandate, had effectively repealed Obamacare. This generated a number of stories from left-leaning ...

Legislator should lead by example

Editorials

Isn’t today’s political environment ugly and banal enough at the national level; and hasn’t that helped drive social media to become a swamp in-and-of-itself? Many seem to think so, which is why recent inflammatory statements on social media by Minot legislator Roscoe Streyle were so ...

Remember this come November

Letters to the Editor

Jerome Gruenberg Burlington I’ll start by saying deputy Tim Poston is my son-in-law. He moved here from Canada and wanted to go into law enforcement. He went to work for the Ward County Sheriff’s Department and attended academy training in Bismarck. While there Poston was wrongly ...

Colleagues and competition

Editorials

Last week, I had the good fortune to appear on a The Good Talk podcast alongside legendary local newsman Jim Olson of KX News to discuss a number of serious topics about the role of media in society and as a watchdog of government. Interestingly, this is the first time I have met Mr. Olson. ...

We should withdraw from UNESCO

Letters to the Editor

Duane Stahl Valley City The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, started mostly by secret U.S. communists Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White in 1945, has worked to influence young people worldwide since its inception. Soon after its founding, it published ...

Republicans responsible for national debt

Letters to the Editor

Charles Linderman Carrington Enough of Kelly Armstrong’s, well, let’s call it “bearing false witness”. Armstrong wants to discuss only certain provisions of the so-called tax reform and tries to redirect the conversation to Obama era deficits. The 500-page tax bill is way too ...

Cheers to Heidi

Letters to the Editor

Hal Gershman Grand Forks I am grateful for Senator Heitkamp’s fight for bipartisan, serious, tax reform that would not explode the national debt by close to 1.5 trillion dollars. And, I am proud she fought to make the income tax reductions for middle class families permanent – just as ...

City manager is cleaning up Minot’s mess

Letters to the Editor

Monte Reiner Minot Tom Barry’s first year article was an excellent portrayal of the facts and showed clarity, honesty, and professionalism. Blaming Tom Barry for the sins of the past is ridiculous and shows a total lack of reasoning. Tom Barry’s transparent education to citizens on our ...

Minot firefighters need more money

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot A few weeks ago I had a tour of the Minot Fire Department over on 20th Avenue. I’ve got to tell you it was an awakening. Glenn Hardy gave me a tour, the reason for the tour was I had heard when the firemen go out on a call and there are children involved they ...

Government at every level is corrupt

Letters to the Editor

Ralph Muecke Gladstone Former President Ronald Reagan once said: “the worst words you can ever hope to hear are, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” This has no more been better dramatized than with our property tax bills. Upon the defeat of measure 2 led by ...