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Opinion

Don’t cut SNAP

Letters to the Editor

Dr. Michelle Strang, North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Policy Coordinator As a registered dietitian nutritionist and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I am deeply concerned about the recent proposed rule that would not only take Supplemental Nutrition ...

Firearm safety: What to remember this hunting season

Letters to the Editor

Shelby Alexander, Minot As hunting season commences, it is important to refresh on proper firearm handling. Firearm-related deaths have been on the rise over recent years. Suicide and homicide make up for most of this rise, however, there have been an increase in accidents with the use of ...

U.S. troop pull-out was unavoidable

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic ...

Wanted: Dead or Alive

Community Columnists

WANTED: Gubernatorial candidate with no previous political experience to defeat a man who has been governor for four years. Any young man, resident of the state, preferably a veteran, fair education, no political strings or obligations and possessor of a few ideas for betterment of state at ...

China won’t die laughing

National Columnists

ictators. Always so humorous. Take China's communist officialdom. You've probably heard about the "South Park" episode last week that the Chinese government didn't find amusing. And the fake apology from the comedy show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. No? Well, ...

They were misquoted

National Columnists

One of the insidious things the Fake News Media does is to misquote politicians and make them look like disingenuous weasels putting party above country — or in the president’s case, putting himself above absolutely everyone. In some instances, the media’s even faked video to make it ...

Why do we feel so alone and unhappy?

National Columnists

"The average person in the U.S. has only one close friend, according to a study published in the American Sociological Review.” That’s something NBC News reported earlier this year. “One in four people have no confidants at all,” they also reported, and some 75 percent of people say ...

Addressing construction noise pollution a daunting task

Editorials

Minot city staff was tasked with quite a challenge by the city council during Monday’s meeting. The Minot City Council directed staff to look into potential remedies for numerous complaints about construction-related noise disturbing residents via ordinance changes and bring back ...

Domestic and foreign wars

National Columnists

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is controversial within her party. She says the U.S. should talk to its enemies. She was criticized for meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. But Democrats were supposed to be the anti-war party, I say to her in my newest video. ...

Surrendering to SPLC’s lazy media lemmings

National Columnists

ACT for America, a nationwide grassroots group that educates the public about radical Islam, was founded in 2007 by my vigilant activist friend and Lebanese Christian immigrant journalist Brigitte Gabriel. I was honored to accept Gabriel's invitation to speak at her organization's annual ...

Be prepared for patience

Editorials

Whether it’s this week’s anticipated snow or the next round behind it – hopefully well behind it – the time is approaching when the city and region will be buried beneath a blanket of heavy snow, roads will be blocked and travel will be perilous if not impossible. It’s that time of ...

Idiotic environmental predictions

National Columnists

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, "Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions." Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you were ...

Democrats’ Twilight Zone

National Columnists

A 1961 "Twilight Zone" episode starred Peter Falk as a Central American revolutionary whose paranoia eventually leads to his destruction. The dictator he has deposed tells him about a mirror given to him by "an old woman," a mirror that will show him who's plotting to assassinate him. The ...

Sales tax revenue for gathering space should be a non-starter

Editorials

Assuming that the City of Minot continues its effort to develop a gathering space in the downtown area as planned, the city council decision Monday night to change the desired location makes sense. By a 5-2 vote, the council decided to approach Trinity Health about acquiring its parking lot ...

This impeachment won’t work

National Columnists

This is not a column about impeaching our current president. This is a column about the impeachment process and the history of the legal route our nation is obliged to follow to oust a federal official. In the 231 years since the U.S. Constitution was ratified, Congress has seriously ...

A new public health concern

Editorials

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Joe Biden’s most important ‘endorsement’

National Columnists

Let's repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean's edge just before the high tide comes in. Recent history confirms the unreliability of such polls. In October ...

Congress should be able to focus on more than one thing at a time

Editorials

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

Life can improve, even during impeachments

National Columnists

Underneath the clash and clang of controversy over presidential impeachment, public policy and personal initiative can slowly and seemingly imperceptibly improve life in America. That was the case two decades ago, amid the swirling arguments over the mostly party line impeachment of ...

Is China the Country of the Future?

National Columnists

"Who Lost China?" With the fall of the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, the defeat of his armies and the flight to Formosa, that was the question of the hour in 1949. And no one demanded to know more insistently than the anti-Communist Congressman John F. Kennedy: "Whatever ...