Opinion

Strengthening the Minot-Skien connection

Community Columnists

Minot’s sister city relationship with Skien, Norway, has been an important international cultural and business connection for both cities for nearly 40 years. City Manager Tom Barry, the City Council, and I all felt it was necessary to visit Skien to strengthen the ties that bind our two ...

Juneteenth belongs on the city’s calendar

Editorials

Juneteenth might be a funny name, but what it represents, what it celebrates, is serious stuff. On Thursday, the City of Minot announced it will host the community’s first-ever Juneteenth event in commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The first time? Who knew. Just ...

Wind energy is a win-win

Community Columnists

We’ve all felt the power of a North Dakota wind, its gale force moving snow drifts over six feet high or offering a cool waft of relief on a hot summer day. As a prairie state, it comes with the territory. But rarely do we realize how abundant and valuable an asset wind truly is as an energy ...

Trashing the Constitution again

National Columnists

While the eyes of the political and media classes were on President Donald Trump as he commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the United Kingdom and in France last week, and then as we all watched for progress in the tariff war Trump started with Mexico, the Department of Justice was ...

Everything’s just fine with our gun laws, thank you

Community Columnists

I realize it’s too soon to talk about the Virginia Beach killings. Everyone knows we need to have a waiting period before we discuss gun deaths in America. People should respect the sanctity of death — even those of government workers. They’re all we’ve got until school shooting season ...

Investment in historic preservation will pay off

Editorials

Some taxpayers might balk at the idea of investing in the improvement and preservation of the Carnegie Center. That is a short-sighted perspective. The preservation of historic sites, buildings and history have been key to the redevelopment of a countless array of cities of all sizes ...

Real X-Men

National Columnists

Soon, some of you will try to make "better babies." Already, people pay labs to examine embryos so they can pick ones with DNA they like. Some screen for gender or eye color. Some screen out certain diseases. So far, they've been limited to selecting genes that exist in the parents. ...

Biden joining Dems in left field

National Columnists

Nineteen Democrats running for president took the stage in Iowa on Sunday to woo voters. It was a circus of left-wingers going bonkers for things most Americans don't want. The front-runners back abortion anytime before birth, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, outlawing ...

Impeachment: How to not win friends and influence people

Editorials

Congressional Democrats are once again throwing around the idea of impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump. At the same time, left-leaning consultants and talking heads are warning that such an attempt is a course to disaster, as Republicans learned in impeaching former President Bill ...

How to create conflict

National Columnists

We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control over ...

Praying (or not) for the president

National Columnists

Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way. The White House informed the church with only a few minutes notice that the ...

Investment, tourism will demonstrate if Sister City trip was useful

Editorials

There were many vocal critics of Mayor Shaun Sipma and City Manager Tom Barry traveling to Sister City Skien, Norway May 13-25. Some of the criticism was a result of at least partially inaccurate information. Despite internet dialogue (and many comments made to Minot Daily News), taxpayers ...

Warren’s plan is a better form of economic nationalism

National Columnists

Trumpian economic nationalism is a zero-sum game in which the industries of the future are dominated either by China or by the United States. We win or they win. The loudest opposition so far has come from multinational American corporations and their Republican shills in Congress who don't ...

Terminate abortion, please

National Columnists

WASHINGTON — The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest. The newest controversy swirls around the 1976 Hyde ...

D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman

National Columnists

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day properly focused on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with the French ...

Churches show up when most needed

Editorials

Turn on the television news or the Weather Channel, or pick up a newspaper anywhere these days and you will likely be inundated with reports of flooding somewhere in the U.S. For many of us, our experiences with flooding in Minot make it especially disturbing to watch others go through the ...

Abortion is sacred in Hollywood

National Columnists

In recent years, generous tax credits have brought a wave of Hollywood productions to Georgia. Then the state legislature passed, and the governor signed a very protective pro-life bill. The reaction was furious. How can the will of the people stand? Network reporters, all aligned with ...

More access needed at Sakakawea

Letters to the Editor

Troy Johnson Williston Well today, June 1, I was enjoying a day of fishing on Lake Sakakawea with a friend, in his boat, I noticed something. The Lewis and Clark boat ramp was completely packed, barely any room to park a pickup and trailer. Next, while out fishing, I noticed many, many ...