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Opinion

Marijuana is harmful drug

Letters to the Editor

Cara Dyck Harvey On Nov. 6th, North Dakotans will have the opportunity to vote for or against the legalization of recreational marijuana in our state. While I believe there are many reasons to oppose Measure 3, the health, safety and wellbeing of our children is one I am absolutely ...

Dodging censorship, thanking 4-H and more

Editorials

ree markets This past week, we received a couple of calls from a reader and critic convinced that an advertisement we ran was offensive and we should not have run it. We’ve run into this before. I’ve written on the topic before. To be clear, I have asserted the same position even when an ...

MAB against expansion at existing landfill

Letters to the Editor

Minot Association of Builders Dear Honorable Members of the City Council and Planning Commission: We, the Board of Directors of the Minot Association of Builders, oppose any further expansion of the City of Minot’s landfill at its current location. Having attended both of the City of ...

Measure 1 is bad news

Letters to the Editor

Tyler Dokken Minot If youmare friends with a person serving in virtually any state function, even as mundane as one of the 150 state executive boards such as the Interagency Council on Homelessness or Library Coordinating Council, you are banned from buying the person lunch, a beer, or gas ...

Deadline to sponsor a veterans wreath approaching

Letters to the Editor

Richard Reuer Minot Veterans Day. Each year on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. our county comes together in honoring and thanking our veterans for the ultimate sacrifice they have given to protect the freedom we have in our country today. Veterans Day is a day when we honor those veterans who are still ...

Communism alive and well

Letters to the Editor

Ralph Muecke Gladstone The mid-term election of 2018 could mark the turning point as to which way the United States of America will turn. The Democratic party already has a strong hold to turn America into a Marxist, socialist, Communist state. Yes communist. That includes North Dakota ...

Measure 3 clarified

Letters to the Editor

Marvin E. Nelson Rolla In the article about a candidate’s forum entitled “A Matter of Perspective,” States Attorney candidate Roza Larson is reported to say “I don’t think the state would ever want to waive its immunity.” This would be a reference to sovereign immunity from ...

No freedom without risk

Letters to the Editor

Jon-Paul Berg Sherwood “That government is best which governs the least”- Henry David Thoreau This election day North Dakotans have the opportunity help fulfill in a small way the vision of small government and freedom that many North Dakotans hold dear. On this year’s ballot there ...

Cooperatives oppose Measure 1

Letters to the Editor

Josh Kramer General Manager, NDAREC North Dakota’s electric cooperatives urge voters to consider the power of a unified voice when casting their ballot in the 2018 election. While electric cooperatives strongly support transparency, ethics and good governance practices, we fear there is ...

Debate over Measure 1 understandable

Editorials

One might believe that ethics in government is an ideal to which everyone subscribes and that policy to help ensure lawmaker ethics would be universally applauded. The former is probably true. It is the latter assertion that gives moment to pause. As North Dakotans are witnessing, there ...

It’s Democrats who shred American values

National Columnists

While campaign stumping in Las Vegas, former Vice President Joe Biden said that American values are being "shredded" by President Donald Trump. According to Biden, the United States was founded "on an idea, an American idea, basic fundamental decency, and it's being shredded." Considering ...

Which team will be the lesser of two evils on election day?

National Columnists

For the past two years, many Democrats thought that victory in 2018 would simply be a matter of running against Donald Trump. The only question in the minds of some activists was how big the "blue wave" would be. For those in the party, opposing the president seemed to be enough. Two-thirds ...

The media’s transgender ‘eradication’ panic

National Columnists

The New York Times located its newest, freshest outrage on the Trump administration in a Department of Health and Human Services memo that's not new -- it's been circulating since last spring. Some insensitive bureaucrat argued that federal policy on gender should be based on "a biological ...

Mistakes of the past complicate the Khashoggi affair

National Columnists

The biggest mistake the Trump administration made in the Jamal Khashoggi case occurred while Khashoggi was still alive: letting Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, think he could get away with something so heinous -- and so heinously stupid. But the bell was rung, as it were, ...

At very least, we are better than…

Editorials

A year ago, a Bernie Sanders fan tried to assassinate a group of Republican congressmen playing ball on their off time. A former Secretary of State says there is no reason to be civil to the opposition party because they disagree on policy. Leadership of one party calls for the physical ...

2018 midterms: All about Obama

National Columnists

Former President Selfie Stick is back in action, firing up Democrats before the midterms with his signature rallying cries: I, I, I, I! Me, me, me! My, my, my! According to a tally by The American Mirror's Kyle Olson, Barack Obama's campaign speech Monday for Nevada Senate Democratic ...

Grandstanding isn’t leadership

Editorials

Grandstanding, pandering and virtue signaling are some of the least savory aspects of election season, yet they are also certain signs that voting is or soon will be underway. Look no further than a press conference this week by Rep. Larry Bellew, R-Minot. Flanked by Sen. Oley Larsen, ...

Politicians’ deceitful promise

National Columnists

Will you be able to retire? Maybe not. Will your state pay what its politicians promised? Almost certainly not. Politicians in Connecticut, New Jersey and Illinois are especially irresponsible when it comes to not funding pension plans, but most every municipality has promised more than ...

Price gouging during a natural disaster

National Columnists

Thirteen states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia — have enacted laws to combat what is seen as price gouging in the wake of natural disasters. Price gouging is legally ...

Good to see some workforce issues addressed

Editorials

It’s hardly news that Minot and the region have a workforce shortage, so it was good to see this issue as a focus of Gov. Doug Burgum’s visit this week to discuss his Mainstreet initiatives. Better still is to see that many factors were the subject of discussion and not just those with ...