Opinion

The real threat to Donald Trump

National Columnists

In the midst of worrying about North Korea, Syria and Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives this fall, President Donald Trump is now worrying about a government assault on his own business, which targeted his own lawyer. Michael Cohen has been the personal lawyer for Trump ...

War on science

National Columnists

We've been told conservatives don't believe in science and that there's a "Republican war on science." But John Tierney, who's written about science for The New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute's City Journal, told me in my latest online video, "The real ...

The student data-mining scandal under our noses

National Columnists

While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook's intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon Valley-Beltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American ...

Young people not the monolithic tribe some think

Editorials

It’s a narrative many news outlets keep returning to. Young people, overwhelmed by the horror of mass school shootings are taking society by the hand and leading the nation to a future where there will be no mass shootings, no guns. Finally, the narrative goes in the hands of many media ...

Local election contests: the more the merrier

Editorials

Just a couple of weeks ago, Minot Daily News hailed the decision of two candidates to engage in a GOP primary contest despite their not having been endorsed by the party. More competition is always better in bringing forth ideas, highlighting policy variations and keeping whatever candidates ...

Has the war party hooked Trump?

National Columnists

With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, "Animal Assad," ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner. "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack ...

Republicans and patriotism

National Columnists

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: "I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime than ...

Black political power means zilch

National Columnists

It's often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That's an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more ...

Amicable end to controversy a good thing

Editorials

Rugby’s longtime claim to be the geographic center of North America, and the publicity generated from it, remain untouched and without real challenge after events of last week. A similar trademark held by a Robinson Bar was officially surrendered. Hanson’s Bar in Robinson filed with the ...

Charity hockey game raised money – and hope

Editorials

There were some big-league hockey players on the ice March 30th in Minot. No, they weren’t professionals – at least not professional hockey players. They were professional police officers and professional firefighters, out in the community living up to their reputations as caring people ...

A brutal revisitation of Chappaquiddick

National Columnists

One measure of how old we're getting is realizing how many voters today have no familiarity with the Chappaquiddick scandal. In July of 1969, then-Sen. Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge into a pond with a young woman in the passenger seat and left the scene of the accident alone. Kennedy waited 10 ...

Tough challenges ahead for city, budget

Editorials

Minot’s city council didn’t blink in the face of difficult realities when members met last week in a workshop setting to broadly discuss 2019 budget challenges. It’s never too early to start this discussion and council members are well aware that the chore will be a trying one. Many, ...

$15 minimum wage will stir 2018 election

Community Columnists

An initiated measure will be on the ballot this year proposing to move the state minimum wage in three steps from $7.25 to $15 by 2021. Needless to say, the proposal will stir election politics. Controversial? Michael Saltsman of the Employment Policies Institute is already writing against ...

North Carolina fourth-grader asks for help

Letters to the Editor

Gigi Carson Charlotte, N.C. Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we research a state for our State Fair, and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of North Dakota as I work on my report. While we will research ...

Political season is many things

Editorials

With tomorrow being qualifying day for local elections, the state GOP convention just completed and the bombardment of political advertising, one would have to live with his head in the sand to not recognize that the political season is underway and is going to continue through November. Ah, ...

Listening to residents

Community Columnists

When I was first elected to the North Dakota House of Representative in 2012, I made a promise to the constituents I represented that I would work just as hard for them in the Legislature as I did to earn their vote. I won this seat, which was long-held by Republicans, because Democrats, ...

Examine your medical bills

Letters to the Editor

Greg Lemer Ray Recently at a medical professional in (a small North Dakota town) my appointment ran long. The office staff had left and the doctor insisted that I pay my bill in full. He stated my insurance company was hard to work with and never paid the bills anyway. I have Blue Cross ...

Big choice coming up

Letters to the Editor

N.D. State Rep. Dan Ruby Minot North Dakotans have a monumental choice to make on Nov. 6 of this year. When faced with the prospect of voting for Congressman Kevin Cramer or Senator Heitkamp, the contrast between the two on how much they value American citizens and the rule of law could not ...