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Opinion

Nursing homes need even more attention

Editorials

Thankfully, we have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many state were among residents of ...

Bipolar America

National Columnists

If Joe Biden survives recounts and several lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign into what Trump says has been widespread vote-counting fraud (we await proof), do not expect him to be hounded over his and Hunter Biden’s business ties to China and Ukraine as President Trump has been over ...

Plenty of swamp still to be drained

Editorials

More than a few people who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. Trump calls it “the swamp” — and there is ample ...

Trump-GOP marriage heading toward ugly divorce

National Columnists

Bad marriages usually lead to ugly divorces, and that’s where the GOP is heading. After Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination in 2016, the word went forth on the right: It’s a binary choice. You’re either for Hillary or you’re for Trump. I never agreed with this reasoning, ...

Just what is Biden’s energy plan?

Editorials

Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began ...

Semifinal thoughts on election 2020

National Columnists

Joe Biden won the White House, we are reminded almost daily, on his third try, having run unsuccessfully in both 1988 and 2008. It’s funny; I can’t recall, having covered the 1980 presidential race, much ever being made of the fact that that year’s winner, Republican Ronald Reagan, ...

Guard members on front lines of war against COVID-19

Editorials

We call them “citizen soldiers” because for most of the year, they are not in uniform but instead, among us at our workplaces, schools and elsewhere in our society. But this year, many are on the front lines of a war being fought not with firearms and other implements of combat, but with ...

This Thanksgiving, choose love

National Columnists

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. It’s a holiday with none of the pressures of Christmas. I cook a lot of food and give a lot of hugs. Nothing makes me happier than our house full of the people I love. This preamble is brought to you by a columnist who wants you and those ...

Empty words won’t unify this nation

National Columnists

Joe Biden says he wants unity and promises to be a president that represents all Americans not just Democrats. “Let’s give each other a chance,” he told his supporters at a rally in Delaware on election night. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To ...

Campaign is over; now the real work begins

Community Columnists

It’s something of a relief when the political season comes to an end, locally, statewide, and nationally. The campaigns last for months, and it’s easy to let yourself be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information that is disseminated leading up election day. But the election results ...

Governor: Do the right thing

Letters to the Editor

Matt Gerszewski, Minot Congratulations, Governor, on your huge re-election victory this week. There is no doubt you are a very popular office holder. This is a fervent plea for you to use that popularity and your immense political capital to help the state get a much tighter hold on the ...

Trump loses in political stand-off

Community Columnists

For Democrats, this is a shot over the bow. Just because Joe Biden won the presidency doesn't mean a new wave of liberalism is sweeping through the country. It was a stand-off election with Republicans holding on to governorships and legislatures. Joe had no coattails for Democrats running ...

Governor: Take safety serious or resign

Letters to the Editor

Joshua Sauvageau, Minot Governor Burgum – you out of touch, Stanford-educated, elitist billionaire – it is time for you to take the safety of North Dakotans seriously, or resign. To the utter shock and dismay of yours truly, you were re-elected. Being a ND native, I understand the ...

Thank you, Edison School

Letters to the Editor

Gary Ochsner, Minot Thank you to the students of Edison Elementary School for showing their appreciation to Veterans. It was an amazing sight and event to see all of the students lined around the entire school block. A lot of work went into the posters that were made showing their ...

Work doesn’t end after election

Letters to the Editor

Lisa Finley-DeVille, Mandaree I want to first, acknowledge and congratulate, my opponent, Senator Jordan Kannianen, for winning his re-election in District 4. Although we didn’t win this race, we won by showing our children what is possible for all of us. The work doesn’t end today, we ...

Personal responsibility falls short

Letters to the Editor

Jacob Thomas, Minot Both of my children celebrated their 2020 birthdays over FaceTime. We tried to make the celebration as normal as we could, considering the circumstances. Balloons. Cake. Pizza. All while aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends sang, “Happy Birthday” through tinny ...

Election integrity needed to trust process

Letters to the Editor

Patricia Ann Marquard, Minot While I was watching the process of the Presidential Election on television what I saw defied belief. It was because of the way the number of voter ballots came in, and how the projection of electors for both candidates were portrayed on the networks. What I ...

America more than one man

Letters to the Editor

Jamie Stewart, Bismarck On November 7, 2020, the same day the media announced that Vice President Joe Biden is the President elect, Bismarck decided to hold a rally for President Trump. This rally was attended by many elected officials to include North Dakota’s Congressional delegation. ...

Remembering Pilgrims on 400th anniversary

Letters to the Editor

Julia Ernst, Grand Forks In November of 1620, the passengers aboard the Mayflower penned a revolutionary agreement now known as the Mayflower Compact. This band of refugees had fled their homeland and immigrated to America, bringing with them very little except their determination to make a ...