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Opinion

Prosecutors need to do their jobs

National Columnists

There is a destructive crime and justice trend afoot that clearly endangers public safety. No, it is not the actions of violent protestors and riotous thugs. It is the deliberate inaction of district attorneys who are refusing to prosecute violations of law. You’d likely be fired if you ...

Stars and Stripes must continue to publish

Editorials

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the ...

Woodward book gives Dems no advantage

National Columnists

On hearing that President Trump sat for 18 interviews with Bob Woodward of The Washington Post my first reaction was “what the...” Why Woodward? There can only be two reasons. The first must have been that the president thought he could persuade the man to like him. The evidence that ...

China’s dark turn

National Columnists

"I’m more anti-China than you!” That’s a new theme of this election. Joe Biden says, “We will never again be at the mercy of China!” Donald Trump replies, “China would own our country if Joe Biden got elected!” It’s strange to hear competition, because just a few ...

Credit insurance challenge needs attention

Editorials

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would ...

Spiritual poverty reverses Black gains

National Columnists

n matters of race and other social phenomena, there is a tendency to believe that what is seen today has always been. For black people, the socioeconomic progress achieved during my lifetime, which started in 1936, exceeded anyone’s wildest dreams. In 1936, most black people lived in gross ...

Stop the hate

Letters to the Editor

Miranda Heisler, Minot I would like the chance to give a HUGE thank you to Mayor Sipma for making the decision to fly the LGBTQ+ flag over city hall. As mayor, it is your job to try to bring TOLERANCE, UNITY and EQUALITY to our citizens voices. It is to try to eliminate HATE and BIGOTRY as ...

Community and socialism are the same

Community Columnists

For some strange reason, the Chicken Littles of the world have become terrified by the idea that socialism is just over the hill for the United States. The most frightened even throw in communism as though it was synonymous with socialism. Under communism, there is no such thing as private ...

Losers and suckers?

Letters to the Editor

Pat Schulz, Bismarck I really don’t know how to react when the President of the United States says my family is a family of losers and suckers because we chose to serve our country. These comments have been confirmed by numerous sources - including Fox News. It also fits the President’s ...

The meaning of hate

Letters to the Editor

Tawny Cale, Minot Air Force Base Anger: an·ger /’aNGg?r/ noun a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. “I hate being accused of hate,” one attendee of Minot’s September 8th City Council meeting stated as he stood there wearing his MAGA hat and openly speaking ...

Public safety is priority #1

Letters to the Editor

Michael J. Williams, Fargo The Governor has told us repeatedly that we don’t need a mask in public requirement because people will do the right thing as we did volunteering for sandbagging during floods. Volunteering to wear masks in North Dakota clearly isn’t working as North Dakota ...

2020 Census needs to be right

Editorials

Perhaps no Census during the past century has faced challenges like those in charge of the 2020 population count must find ways to overcome. Clearly, however, the indeed must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to respond ...

Project Tundra demonstrates ‘can-do’ spirit

Community Columnists

Not long ago, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) was considered to be a moon shot. A technology with a lot of promise but a steep hill to climb. In fact, just this week, there have been questions raised about Project Tundra, which is an initiative being pursued in North Dakota to ...

Democrats playing the long con

National Columnists

"Con” in this context is slang for “confidence game” — an effort to deceive or defraud someone, usually out of money or property. Dictionary.com defines a “long con” this way: “an elaborate confidence game that develops in several stages over an extended period of time wherein the ...

City was right to fly rainbow flag

Editorials

We, The Minot Daily News, stand with Mayor Shaun Sipma and council member Carrie Evans on the flag issue. We applaud the flying of the LGBTQ2S+ flag on the flagpole outside of Minot City Hall. Let us try to explain why in terms that are a little simpler. Think of equal rights like it is a ...

Stop talking about doomsday scenarios for election night

National Columnists

All this agonizing over what may happen if President Donald Trump tries to steal the election is highly annoying. It normalizes the idea that pure aggression can so easily steamroll the democratic process. Here are healthier assumptions for those who value a fair election: If Trump loses, ...

Who Is the BLM Global Network Foundation?

National Columnists

With protestors taking to the streets all over the United States to protest police brutality after the killings of unarmed Black men, the phrase “Black Lives Matter” has become synonymous with the movement. Regardless of where you find yourself on the ideological spectrum, a significant ...

Why Trump could win a second term

National Columnists

It would be a huge mistake to write off the 2020 U.S. presidential race result as a foregone conclusion. Many did so in 2016, taking as a no-brainer that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. Some self-deluded Clinton supporters found it so impossible to believe that Trump had won that ...

Partisan politics has no place in relief bill

Editorials

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

Economic recovery starts, thanks to capitalism

National Columnists

As Washington has been frozen in debate about whether to pass massive new economic stimulus legislation, something interesting has happened in the real world. In the real world, Americans sent a message to politicians saying they can take of themselves just fine, thank you. The Bureau of ...