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Opinion

The togetherness of social distancing

National Columnists

As the coronavirus stops normal life, trapping more Americans in their homes, some have raised the specter of another health threat: loneliness. Before this crisis seized our anxieties, much discussion centered around the dangers of perceived social isolation and feeling cut off from others. ...

Let cops deal with spoiled brats at the beach

Editorials

It is difficult, frankly, to view people refusing to join the rest of us in attempting to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. At least reports from our country, such as those of college students packing beaches for ...

Consider sharing spare medical supplies

Editorials

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

WE HAVE ENOUGH FOOD!

Community Columnists

The grocery industry of the USA and particularly North Dakota is working overtime to meet the needs of our customers. The spread of COVID-19 has certainly changed the way our industry operates, but it has not stopped the cows from milking, the corn from becoming cereal and the fruit trees ...

Must we kill the economy to kill the virus?

National Columnists

"We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” tweeted the president on Sunday night, adding that, after the current 15-day shutdown, “we will make a decision as to which way we want to go.” President Trump is said to be privately expressing a deepening concern at the ...

Are Americans all-in for a long coronavirus war?

National Columnists

"It’s a war,” says President Donald Trump of his efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and likening his role to that of “wartime president.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the president’s claim to his commander in chief role in the crisis and his resolve: “The ...

This could be just the tip of the iceberg

Editorials

It is likely our awareness of how widespread COVID-19 is in the United States represents only the tip of the iceberg. Until widespread testing kicks in, many among us made by carrying the virus unknowingly, both to themselves and the rest of us. Still, paying attention to what information we ...

Looking inward to defend nation from virus

Editorials

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our amosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Preserve our election

National Columnists

We are facing one discrete problem in the mass of chaos surrounding this pandemic that we can and must address immediately — the security of November’s election. Voting in the traditional way requires us to do the very thing that epidemiologists and public health authorities have ...

Open borders Dems threaten US health care system

National Columnists

Coronavirus will be the coup de grace of the Democratic Party, as sensible Americans of all backgrounds understand amidst a highly contagious global pandemic that the United States needs more border enforcement, not less. It simply makes no sense to permit millions of people from all over ...

COVID-19: Protecting ourselves from ourselves

Community Columnists

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control has recommended that residents across the United States practice social distancing – and, yes, that includes us here in Minot, too. Social distancing, in short, means staying away from other people as much as ...

Empty shelves, empty hearts

Letters to the Editor

Wayne Rowe, Minot I went shopping on Saturday with my wife to get our groceries and other needed items. One item needed unfortunately was toilet paper. I couldn’t believe what I saw at Walmart. Empty shelves, no toilet paper, food shelves bare, some areas of the drugs bare. I ...

Lowering the coal industry down gently

Community Columnists

In 25 years, the North Dakota coal industry will be gone. By 2050, the evidence of earth warming will be so strong that the naysayers and deniers will be forced to surrender the untenable position that they have adopted today. As polar ice melts into the oceans, gobbling up the coastlines ...

A timely message

Letters to the Editor

Jeff Moen, Foxholm I have a question. Don’t want any answers or show of hands. Just give it some thought. What is your #1 priority or goal in Life. For some of us, it may be that promotion at work, get that manager’s position or whatever. For others, it may be as simple as getting ...

North Dakota will need the Legacy Fund earnings

Community Columnists

he Legislature is considering whether we should spend Legacy Fund earnings. They’ve heard many spending ideas. The Fund has $6.8 billion today. The Legacy Fund was approved by the voters in 2010. It was designed to convert oil revenue, into cash and create a permanent fund for future ...

Game & Fish harassing fishermen

Letters to the Editor

Craig Argabright, Minot The North Dakota Game and Fish have set their regulations for the 2020-2022 fishing seasons. The new regulations have a major change that will affect all fisherman alike, young and old. The regulation states that two pieces of fish will now be considered two ...

Kudos to educators for coronavirus response

Editorials

When all of this is over, teachers across the state will deserve a raise as well as a pat on the back. When Gov. Doug Burgum closed schools across the state this month in hope of slowing the coronavirus, he also tasked school districts with creating alternate methods of education delivery so ...

The proper context for blame

National Columnists

On Monday, March 16, 2020, President Donald Trump took to the podium in the White House pressroom and began to make the case to the American people that the underlying operations of the country must change to stop the growth of the Wuhan coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the United ...

The virus and what matters most

National Columnists

Some years ago, I wrote a book titled “The Things That Matter Most.” It was a critique of the continuing impact the ‘60s generation has had on the country. The coronavirus pandemic, too, offers us an opportunity to consider what matters most in our nation and individual lives. We are ...