Opinion

Republicans may come to regret their silence on Trump

National Columnists

Idon't usually dispense relationship advice in this column. But the adage about marriage is often true of politics: What is not said is more destructive than what is said. For example, over the last 18 months the president has said and done a number of things that warranted dissent from ...

Volunteers make Minot a stronger community

Editorials

Community newspapers are always in the unique position of being able to deliver both good news and bad, big news or trivial. Today’s edition, we are happy to say, has several examples of local people doing good deeds for others in the area, asking nothing in return, which makes us a ...

Start the conversation

Community Columnists

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and though colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S., it’s not discussed openly. More than 140,000 men and women in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2018 and 50,630 will die of the disease. In ...

Not always like this

National Columnists

One of the unavoidable tragedies of youth is the temptation to think that what is seen today has always been. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in our responses to the recent Parkland, Florida, massacre. Part of the responses to those murders are calls to raise the age to purchase a gun and ...

Gambling addiction a challenge to combat

Editorials

A thanks from the people of North Dakota is deserved by the Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. LSSND runs Gamblers Choice, the only accredited counseling program for problem gambling in North Dakota. Minot Daily News’ senior staff writer wrote a comprehensive piece on the challenge ...

Trump’s believe it or not

National Columnists

In a rare expression of self-awareness, President Trump admitted -- nay, boasted -- that he just makes stuff up. Recounting a recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump says Trudeau told him that the U.S. has no trade deficit with Canada, whereupon Trump ...

Losers blame the voters

National Columnists

On Nov. 4, 2008, American voters faced the happy task of choosing between two popular presidential nominees, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, both of whom, according to the last pre-election Gallup Poll, about 3 in 5 Americans regarded positively. In stark contrast, the 2016 ...

Minot Public Schools bulging with students

Editorials

Minot’s growing student population is, well, growing some more. That’s good news, a sign of a healthy city. It’s also tough news for school administrators tasked with educating Minot’s youth – and potentially tougher news for taxpayers who are still feeling the growing pains of the ...

Dems get good news, but there’s a long way to go

National Columnists

Just over a week ago, turnout in the Texas primary raised serious questions about how big the Democratic wave could grow by November. This week, however, Connor Lamb won a narrow special victory in a Pennsylvania district that President Trump had carried by 20 points. Democratic spirits soared ...

Tillerson’s insubordination meant he had to go

National Columnists

WASHINGTON -- There are many reasons Rex Tillerson's tenure as secretary of state was a failure, from his notorious isolation from his subordinates to his failure to help quickly staff the political appointment positions at State with competent Republicans. But it was his insubordination to the ...

Public defenders deserve respect, resources

Editorials

This past week, a public defender in Ward County once again cited a lack of resources and heavy case load for the need to delay a trial. It is not the first time that public defenders have expressed alarm at their ability to do their jobs because of a shortage of resources. These ...

Addressing immigration with crocodile tears

Community Columnists

The lack of a clear national policy has been leading to hardship, grief and turmoil for millions of immigrants who came to the United States with a dream of success in the land of opportunity. For the past months, the 700,000 undocumented immigrants, brought here as children by their parents ...

Me, myself and Mr. President

Letters to the Editor

M.L. Berg Minot With all the talk about staffing problems in the executive branch, it might be best to remember that narcissists already have ready-made teams. These teams consist of the same three members. Their names are: Me, Myself and I. How well do they do? Well, the ...

If a Conservative Speaks, Will Liberals Hear?

National Columnists

If a tree falls in a forest with no one around, does it make a noise? That grade school joke of sorts has a serious contemporary equivalent. It is increasingly clear that if a conservative speaks up, liberals will not actually hear it unless the conservative tells them what they want to hear. ...

Fun with technology

Editorials

Technology has been a part of the newspaper industry long enough now that it is easy to take for granted, easy to forget how far it has evolved over such a relatively small amount of time and how just a few years ago the printing press was the most complicated machine in publishing. Today, of ...

North Dakota events point to troubling times

Letters to the Editor

Melvin Schramm Carrington As the battle over gun control, school shootings and school students marching in protest of school shootings, maybe it’s time for the real Christians to assert them selves into the conversations. I’ll give some examples. A number of years ago, the school in ...

A respectful reminder

Letters to the Editor

Stephan Podrygula Minot In a recent letter to the editor, complaining about property taxes, Dean Somerville asked who represents the Minot taxpayer. To clarify, I would respectfully remind him that I was the only one of seven on the City Council who voted against the final version of the ...

Right to die

Letters to the Editor

Dennis Ness Minot According to a MDN columnist, school killings are not an epidemic. The research he cites does not include statistics beyond 2014-15. This columnist bases his knowledge and judgment on one research that states that “4 times the number of children were killed in schools in ...

Downtowns are cash cows

Letters to the Editor

Jim Kambeitz Bismarck There has been a refreshing shift in Bismarck as key leaders move away from dogma toward an emphasis on accurate data and nonpartisan collaboration. I appreciate Governor Doug Burgum’s commitment to research-based decision-making. Addressing the problem of urban ...

Benefits of tax cut are trickling down

Letters to the Editor

Steven Stremick Fargo We are seeing more and more cash benefits coming from the tax cut that Rep. Kevin Cramer voted for and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp voted against. Wal-Mart is now paying employees, based on how long they worked for the retailer, a cash bonus. Yes, cash. And they are getting ...