Opinion

No need for assault rifle

Letters to the Editor

Selmer Spitzer, Dawson I am a retired university music professor, farmer, rancher, general contractor, Army National Guard sergeant, and presently the conductor of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra in Mesquite, NV. As hobbies I enjoy hunting and target shooting. I have never felt the ...

Kamala Harris’ hypocrisy on guns

National Columnists

Kamala Harris weighs in on guns on her campaign website with the headline "Taking executive action if Republicans continue to cower to the NRA." Sure, the National Rifle Association, with a reported 5 million members nationwide, is an influential policy group. But is it really running the ...

Do the TR math

Letters to the Editor

M.L. Berg, Minot The article on the proposed TR library in your paper for Thursday, August 15, mentioned that TR had been in southwestern Dakota Territory for three years. That figure can be further refined by taking into account the time he actually spent there, going year by ...

Feds’ outdated cancer advice deadly to patients

National Columnists

When it comes to protecting yourself from cancer, don't take the government's word. Listen to the experts. The biggest cancer killer isn't smoking or a chemical in the environment or even an inherited gene. It's the failure to screen patients at high risk of the disease. Curing cancer is ...

Mass murder? Blame ‘conservative media stars’

National Columnists

On Aug. 12, The New York Times published what The New York Times does best: a smear of conservatives in which they're attached to a national travesty. This time the headline was "How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars." The online article was illustrated ...

Good news and bad for ND in seatbelt study

Editorials

Congratulation North Dakota drivers. It seems we are getting better about buckling up. The bad news is we still rank near the bottom among all 50 states when it comes to using seatbelts. According to a study done by QuoteWizard, a lendingtree company, North Dakota ranked #1 for the highest ...

Conspiracy theory pop quiz

Community Columnists

There are a lot of conspiracy theories floating around, but astute flat-Earthers should have no problem discerning fact from fiction in this Conspiracy Theory Pop Quiz. 1. Who killed Jeffrey Epstein? a. Killary, operating from the basement of a Washington Happy Joe’s b. Bob Marley, but ...

Maybe partisanship wasn’t such a bad thing

Community Columnists

The modern dysfunctions of American politics are not the product of partisanship but rather a lack of it. I’m not talking about bipartisanship, a term we use interchangeably with “compromise.” It is a necessity to governing. Rare are the moments in our system of government when one ...

Gun violence is no joking matter

Editorials

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

Sell an organ

National Columnists

Have you volunteered to be an organ donor? I did. I just clicked the box on the government form that asks if, once I die, I'm willing to donate my organs to someone who needs them. Why not? Lots of people need kidneys, livers, etc. When I'm dead, I sure won't need mine. Still, there ...

Open Borders Inc.: Who’s funding the wicked war on ICE?

National Columnists

All the gun control zealots out in full force last week have apparently gone to the beach. An alarming shooting took place at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio on Tuesday. Local media reported that "multiple shots were fired on two floors targeting ICE ...

Law enforcement drone use possibly a slippery slope

Editorials

This week the North Dakota Highway Patrol was granted a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate drones/Unmanned Aircraft Systems over people. The NDHP is the first highway patrol agency in the nation to be granted this waiver, which was approved for four years. The ...

None dare call it ‘conspiracy’

National Columnists

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford's Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks with ...

How important is today’s racial discrimination?

National Columnists

There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it's somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be ...

The clock is ticking on NDR funds, projects

Community Columnists

he clock has been ticking since Minot was awarded $74.3 million in January 2016 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through its National Disaster Resilience Competition. Now, we’re essentially halfway through the time allowed to allocate the funds, and while there has been ...

Wind powers opportunity in North Dakota

National Columnists

This American Wind Week we’re celebrating the ways wind powers opportunity in all 50 states, including North Dakota, by creating jobs, investing billions of dollars in rural communities & providing support for schools, public safety & quality of life investments. North Dakota is a ...

Good neighbors look after one another

Editorials

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was ...