Opinion

Proud of Trump

Letters to the Editor

Phil Weigel Minot President Trump, the week of June 17th, had the option to use drones against Iran in retaliation for Iran allegedly shooting down a US military plane and allegedly sinking an unmanned ship in the area. After confirming that both the plane and the boat were automated and ...

Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

National Columnists

Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP's leadership. Dare I say it: These trends may suggest a gradual migration ...

Freedom from consequences isn’t freedom

National Columnists

On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., desperate to revive his flagging campaign, proposed a far-reaching plan to wipe out all student debt. That plan falls hard on plans by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., his chief far-left rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to make college ...

Never take freedom for granted

Editorials

All indications are that Minot residents and people living in the surrounding area are in for a glorious Fourth of July week. Let’s hope it is a safe one for all revelers, especially those handling fireworks and their potential innocent victims nearby. Think about where your missiles are ...

A test for ‘Murica’s birthday

Community Columnists

My fellow ‘Muricans, in honor of America’s 2019th birthday, I’ve prepared a Patriotism Test. I know it’s only the Juneth of July, but if there are bombs bursting in air, it means Independence Day is essentially underway. Or else Iran got the drop on us. This test won’t be easy. I’ve ...

The socialists started a softball team

Community Columnists

The Red River Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America have started themselves a softball team. Their goal is “raising visibility and connecting with the community.” This isn’t an uncommon tactic for social movements. Churches hold dances. Political parties hold pie ...

Summer is here, are children’s needs being met?

Editorials

Summer is officially here with the coming weekend expected to certainly showcase that. With our region’s fairly short summers and with school being out for the season, it is particularly relevant to families with children. Minot has a plethora of opportunities for families with children, ...

Candidates’ bad ideas

National Columnists

So many people want to be president. Unfortunately, many have terrible ideas. Sen. Kamala Harris wants companies to prove they pay men and women equally. "Penalties if they don't!" she shouts. But there are lots of reasons, other than sexism, why companies pay some men more than women. ...

Anti-Trump crafters: A decade-long unraveling

National Columnists

Fun fact: I've been crocheting since I was 10, when my Tita Lisa taught me the magic of granny squares. Fellow yarn nerds will understand the heavenly bliss of spending hours at Hobby Lobby or Walmart immersed in a sea of alpaca, mohair, angora, super bulky and super saver skeins for blankets, ...

Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

National Columnists

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump's claim that his newspaper committed "treason" by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to compromise ...

Trump: War President or Anti-Interventionist?

National Columnists

Risualizing 150 Iranian dead from a missile strike that he had ordered, President Donald Trump recoiled and canceled the strike, a brave decision and defining moment for his presidency. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence had signed off on the strike on ...

Indian Relay racing a welcome return

Editorials

There are many ways for Native culture to be preserved and all of them contribute to this vital function. That’s why the return of Indian Relay racing at the Chippewa Downs track this Saturday and Sunday is such a positive effort. Last year Chippewa Downs hosted its first ever Indian Relay ...

Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo

National Columnists

That the Democrats' two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called "debates" validates Finley Peter Dunne's prediction that "when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy." Already a linguistic casualty of the ...

Hopefully Minot never misses Independence Day fireworks again

Editorials

All looks well for the Minot Fireworks Association and its efforts to raise funds for Independence Day fireworks at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. According to the organization, fundraising is just a few thousand dollars short, with donations still coming in from donors, including ...

Filling stomachs, feeding souls

Editorials

A Minot man who has made his raised garden beds in Velva available to the Lord’s Cupboard is to be commended, highly. Last year Duane Brekke donated 1,000 pounds of vegetables from his garden to the pantry to help feed local people in need. As we learned in Sunday’s front-page story, a ...

Can government punish twice for the same crime?

National Columnists

"...nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb..." —Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution The government in America is out of control. Last week, this column discussed the unconstitutional efforts of federal prosecutors in ...

The Democratic presidential debate will shake up the race

National Columnists

The Democratic presidential primary debates are scheduled to begin next Wednesday and Thursday, with 10 candidates competing each night. Joe Biden enters the debates as the nominal front-runner, followed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg. There's an excellent ...