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Opinion

Fraud in higher education

National Columnists

This year’s education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme to get their children into colleges by cheating on entrance exams or bribing athletic coaches. ...

Trump should keep offering assistance to Mexico

Editorials

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

In Hong Kong, it’s US vs. China now

National Columnists

At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph. By September, the proposal of city leader Carrie Lam that ignited the protests — to allow criminal suspects to be extradited to China for trial — had been ...

Impeachment hearings a political circus

Editorials

Expect a new round of impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives to be more of the same made-for-politics show that has occurred already. Some Americans may have expected that, with the work of Rep. Adam Schiff’s House intelligence committee finished, matters would move to a vote ...

Impeachment would make Trump the unpardonable president

National Columnists

Not even overwhelming evidence that Donald Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 2020 — and did so with American taxpayer dollars while compromising American foreign policy — will cause Trump to be removed from office. That’s because ...

Renovated Soo Line Depot a huge plus for downtown

Editorials

The former Soo Line passenger depot near the north end of downtown Minot’s Main Street has seen busier times. The beautiful brick building with its copper roof was an anchor for the city’s business district during its heyday. That can once again be said, as The Depot starts another new ...

Shame on you, hunters

Community Columnists

i would like to direct your attention to a Facebook page called North Dakota Lock Out. It was created after the debate in the Legislature earlier this year over SB2315. That bill would have reversed the backward presumption of public access to private land in our state. Currently, those ...

Chickening out

National Columnists

It is a truism that a blackmailer is rarely satisfied. Once the payoffs start, there often is no end to them. The Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is about to learn this hard lesson, far too late, as many victims of blackmail and extortion generally do. For conservatives and evangelical ...

Christmas in the Park keeps getting better

Editorials

The Sertoma Club of Minot is once again giving a Christmas gift to the Magic City and it’s one to be excited for. If you aren’t in the Christmas spirit yet and want to be, you might give Christmas in the Park a try. A slow drive through the park after dark to view all of the lighted ...

Calls for national unity mask ideological ambition

National Columnists

The purpose of the presidency is not the glorification of the president,” South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg recently declared, “but the unification of the American people.” Treacle like this has been a mainstay of presidential candidates for decades. But is it true? Or even ...

Time past for Democrats to get real on health care

National Columnists

In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that “Medicare for All” is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that just 30% of ...

2020 Census: Minot needs everyone to be counted

Community Columnists

The 2020 Census is fast approaching, and the national once-every-decade population count is an opportunity to confirm what we’ve been anticipating: Minot’s population has hit the 50,000 mark. By April 1, 2020, every home in the United States will receive an invitation by mail to take part ...

Bye-bye buy local

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman, Minot BUY LOCAL, BUY LOCAL!! That’s all we hear. A recent letter in the Minot Daily News said that the city council agreed to buy some vehicles outside of the state of North Dakota. They went to another state, Minnesota to buy these? Let’s break this down, there ...

Trump and Black Outreach

National Columnists

President Donald Trump recently launched his black-outreach operation — called Black Voices for Trump — in Atlanta. The objective, of course, is to move more African American voters to the Republican Party. There is good reason to believe Republicans can attract more than the 8% of the ...

Home committee works on Christmas

Community Columnists

The town’s 12 electors were stumbling through the north door of the community hall, stamping their feet and muttering about the cold, when Chairman Ork Dorken rapped his Coke bottle against the hollow core door converted into a head table. “Find a seat around the stove and we shall begin ...

New bar hours appalling

Letters to the Editor

Cindy Sessions, Minot The City Council has failed to represent the core values of its hard working taxpaying families in three key areas recently and could seriously jeopardize the safety of all its citizens in two. On Nov 19, 2018 they voted to let bars stay open until 2 a.m. North ...

Same old, same old

Letters to the Editor

Chris Baker, Minot A complete change of school administration did nothing to change the abusive school system, the more things change, the more they stay the same! Some families have experienced multiple generations of such treatment in the Minot Public Schools. Race is not material, ...

Think safety this holiday season

Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning residents there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm ...

Who Are the Racists?

National Columnists

Former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said that racism in America is “foundational” and that people of color were under “mortal threat” from the “white supremacist in the White House.” Pete Buttigieg chimed in to explain that “systemic racism” will “be with us” no ...

Pope Francis wrong on nukes

Editorials

During visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 24, Pope Francis pronounced that, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.” He added, “As is the possession of atomic weapons.” For many years, the Roman Catholic Church seemed to sanction policies by the United ...