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Opinion

Magic City Express another sign of Minot’s return

Editorials

While many wounds remain even eight years removed from the flood of 2011, wounds eventually heal. Such is the case with human beings or entire communities. Minot’s damage from the flood was so severe, the impact on residents so profound, it’s little wonder that some wounds are still in ...

Greenland lust revives manifest destiny

Community Columnists

Manifest Destiny was born in 1845 when U.S. politicians sought to justify the seizing of other countries’ territory as God’s plan for America, starting with the annexation of half of Mexico. Actually, we didn’t have a name for this land lust in 1803 when President Thomas Jefferson ...

Oil spills: It’s not all or nothing

Letters to the Editor

Don Morrison Bismarck Meridian Energy recently announced they are still moving ahead with their plans for the refinery they want to locate on the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The company says everything is peachy and the refinery won’t even be noticeable. This goes against ...

Yes, sometimes progress can be aggravating

Community Columnists

While many in our community may see much of this summer’s extremely busy road construction season as aggravating, annoying, or inconvenient, I see the flurry of work in a different light. I see it as progress. I see it as growth. And I see it as being one year closer to protecting our ...

How are we supposed to live?

Letters to the Editor

Nancy Bommelman Minot Here is something I don’t understand. How come the gathering space is going to be built around railroad tracks and the flood zone? What if it floods again, then we have to ask the government for more money. I think, and this is just my opinion, I think it has to do ...

Give us your views on Legacy Fund

Letters to the Editor

Sen. Ray Holmberg, R- Grand Forks Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee In 2010, the voters of North Dakota by a 63.5% voting yes approved a constitutional amendment to create the Legacy Fund. The measure provided that 30% of oil and gas gross production and oil extraction taxes were to be ...

Cable median barriers save lives

Letters to the Editor

Mark Nelson Bismarck Safety on our roadways is the top priority for the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). In 2018 NDDOT launched the Vision Zero safety initiative with a goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads. As part of that ...

Lignite coal is unique

Letters to the Editor

Mike Holmes Lignite Energy Council The Lignite Research and Development partnership between the state of North Dakota and the regional lignite industry is just one example of how the coal industry in the state distinguishes itself from other generation sources found in the United ...

Life is worth living

Community Columnists

By the time I graduated from high school, my class had seen multiple suicides, including one of my friends. This summer we celebrated our 20-year reunion. The happiness of the occasion was tempered by a sad accounting of the half dozen or so suicides — some only suspected — among our ...

It’s hard out here for a pimp

Community Columnists

For progressive columnists, it’s the Dog Days of August. I know technically it’s September, but I’ve never hit a deadline in my life. The problem is I’m exhausted. Back when No Drama Obama was president, conservative columnists had it made. He spaced his scandals out. Sure, there was ...

Recovering from labor

National Columnists

On Labor Day, did you celebrate workers? More likely, you made it a day of rest. Fine. It's good to have a choice. I didn't have a choice about joining a union when I was hired by CBS and then ABC. They told me that if I wanted to work, I had to pay dues to AFTRA (the American Federation ...

Stop mental health data mining of our kids

National Columnists

No, no, no. Hell, no! That's my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join with Silicon Valley on a creepy program monitoring Americans' "neurobehavioral signs" to (purportedly) prevent gun violence. President Donald Trump's old friend, former NBC head Bob ...

Online sales will continue to conflict with local first ambitions

Editorials

Our community is not the only one in the nation to emphasize “shop local” in terms of marketing and message to the public. It’s a commonplace initiative for many places intended to support local shopping and local businesses. However, when it comes to major purchases, and in particular ...

Downtown focus for new city hall is consistent, not perfect

Editorials

Assuming the City of Minot continues to pursue a new city hall downtown, which remains the focus today, $3.75 million in National Disaster Resilience grant funds will be available. There are certain caveats that come with the grant money, including a downtown location and rehabilitation of an ...

Sports increasing cost of higher education

Community Columnists

One time, years ago, fans at North Dakota State University football games took to taping pictures of me in the portable toilets outside the Fargodome. They were “Port”-a-potties. Get it? I laughed. The sometimes juvenile opprobrium of sports fans is what my criticism of collegiate ...

Criminologists mislead us

National Columnists

John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University have penned a powerful article titled "What Criminologists Don't Say, and Why," in City Journal, Summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that bias ...

Unequal justice

National Columnists

One doesn't have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department's decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a "dangerous example" in order to "achieve a personally desired ...