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Opinion

A primer on domestic spying

National Columnists

"The Framers ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) While we were all consumed by impeachment, a pernicious piece of legislation was slowly ...

Tyranny of the Tamiflunatics

National Columnists

Beware of clickbait character assassins masquerading as “journalists.” This is a lesson America should have learned after the mass media defamation of the Covington Catholic schoolboys last year. Just a few weeks ago, innocent teenager Nick Sandmann won a multimillion-dollar settlement ...

Time to take cyber war seriously

Editorials

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Trump right to restrict travel to fight coronavirus

National Columnists

Chinese government officials and the World Health Organization are bad-mouthing the Trump administration for trying to stop the coronavirus from invading the United States. The Trump administration is barring foreigners who have been in China recently from entering the U.S. Americans returning ...

Long before Trump, we were a divided people

National Columnists

In a way, Donald Trump might be called The Great Uniter. Bear with me. No Republican president in the lifetime of this writer, not even Ronald Reagan, united the party as did Trump in the week of his acquittal in the Senate and State of the Union address. According to the Gallup Poll, 94% ...

Common flu a greater danger than coronavirus

Editorials

So ... getting more worried by the day about the coronavirus epidemic center in China? Officials report more deaths every day from the disease, which has spread to 25 countries. Indeed, a few cases of panic have been reported. In one case, a man reportedly collapsed and died while ...

Palestinians should give Trump peace plan a chance

National Columnists

resident Donald Trump’s brilliant plan for Mideast peace has triggered a sandstorm of negativity and deflection from the regular naysayers who attack anything the president says and does. Critics of his recently unveiled peace aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should ...

Winning means coming in first

National Columnists

In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who finishes in ...

Iowa gaffe a reminder of the downsides of technology

Editorials

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

We need a smarter war on drugs

National Columnists

Did we learn nothing from the so-called crack-cocaine plague of the ‘80s and ‘90s? For those with fuzzy memories, the media back then erroneously and breathlessly declared that crack use had reached epidemic proportions. Newsweek declared crack was “the most addictive drug known to ...

Sentencing reform should exclude terrorists

Editorials

Concern about overcrowded jails and prisons, combined with a laudable desire to give people who have made mistakes second chances in life, have prompted many Americans to rethink sentences for criminal offenses. That is occurring at the local, state and federal levels. Indeed, we need to ...

State of disunion

National Columnists

Anyone who has watched the English Parliament debate knows that — ceremonial forms of address notwithstanding — they can be a fairly raucous bunch, routinely shouting down opposing speakers, yelling out, “Hear, hear!” and even booing with some regularity. This includes events at which ...

Mitt Romney: A modern man for all seasons

National Columnists

During his floor speech explaining his vote to convict Donald Trump, Mitt Romney was overcome by emotion and paused to compose himself. The intense moment came when he spoke of his devotion to God, saying: “I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.” Lump in throat. ...

City weighs needs vs. wants every day

Community Columnists

A pair of recent letters to the editor in The Minot Daily News focused on a topic that municipal governments deal with on a daily basis: Needs vs. wants. In the first letter from two weeks ago, it was noted that in 2016, Minot’s budget was roughly $125.7 million, while the budget for 2020 ...

Just wondering

Letters to the Editor

Diane Zander, Minot I wonder: Where is Jessie Veeder? Loved her local column! Tony Bender on hiatus? Giggled at his satire! If fifteen of nineteen 9/11 attackers were Saudi, why are we still teaching them to fly? Six point four trillion American dollars have been spent in the Middle East ...

Equal Rights Amendment ratified … maybe

Community Columnists

By being the thirty-eighth state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the Virginia Legislature recently declared that it had made the amendment a part of the U. S, Constitution. The Amendment was proposed by Congress to guarantee women equal rights and submitted it to the states for ...

Election tampering will go on

Letters to the Editor

Pat Fischer, Ellensburg After reading Lloyd Omdahls letter I did a bit of a computer search on how clean the USA is in other countries. Democrats scream Russia and Putin at the top of their lungs. All reports indicate they did not change one single vote in 2016 or 2018. Did they change a ...

Think before you vote

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman, Minot Next time the citizens of Minot go to the voting booths they should ask themselves, “(Did) the person I’m voting for give me what I wanted last time?” “Did they make promises they didn’t keep?” A lot of politicians, as we know, make promises they can’t ...

Property tax the most unfair of taxes

Letters to the Editor

Jim Soltis, Minot On Saturday the 18th, I attended the District 38 Reagan Luncheon & Delegate Election Convention. The Keynote speaker was Rep. Rick Becker from Bismarck. His speech was about the movement to suspend property taxes. His speech made it clear that there was more than enough ...

Shame on county commisson

Letters to the Editor

John Roll, Minot Dear Ward County Courthouse Commissioners: I have long pondered sending this memorandum to you. As you know, my former Boss terminated me after 5 years of mistreatment, where I had suffered under a daily hostile work environment. Prior to my unjust firing, I gave the Ward ...