Editorials

Super two lane highway concept worth watching

Economics change dramatically, particularly in energy country. Needs and trends also tend to change quickly and intensely. Facilitating transportation in our part of the country and between Canada and the U.S. is extremely important to the future of North Dakota’s economy. That’s why the ...

Snakes as pets can have unexpected impact

It isn’t always the ramifications of a decision that prompt it to be looked back on as a good or bad choice. Often, perhaps more often, it is the law of unintended consequences. According to The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, “The law of unintended consequences, often cited but ...

DAPL demonstrates who really cares about North Dakota

The spectacle of Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protesters attacking their own protectors, attacking North Dakota civilians, damaging property and killing ranchers’ animals offered a stark contrast to how the rioters were portrayed in national media: as some kind of 1960s activists challenging ...

Are the feds clouding a solution to opioid abuse?

According to a recent story by 60 Minutes and the Washington Post, the federal government – notably the DEA and Congress – are part and parcel to the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation and ravaging even our own part of the country. According to a former DEA official, speaking to CBS, ...

Are ‘nuisance animals’ such a nuisance?

While the City of Minot continues to address the issue of nuisance animals – notably turkeys and deer – in city limits, a few questions remain unaddressed, or at least under-addressed. Question one is whether or not the issue warrants such a focus from local government in the first ...

Resistance should be more than obstinance

On one hand, two scenes couldn’t possibly be any different. Many North Dakotans are still upset at the spectacle that was the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protest. Protesters – often in aggregate looking more like a Burning Man audience – expressed their dismay at the legal, approved ...

Plan for a purple Thursday

However deep people need to dig into their closets to find something purple, they are encouraged to this Thursday. On Thursday, people will be wearing purple on National Domestic Violence Awareness Day and, locally, wearing purple also celebrates Minot Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s 40 ...

Social media continues to complicate, aggravate situations

Parents are certainly well aware of the bomb threat at Central Campus this week. In fact, many parents, other people and media were probably well aware of it while it was happening, as students with access to email and (primarily it seems) social media were virtually live-streaming everything ...

Tax talk sounds like just that … talk

Tax talk in Washington D.C. and around North Dakota at forums led by our delegation is a nice exercise in perhaps attempting to determine positions on real tax reform. What it doesn’t sound like is a process that’s not en route to any real tax overhaul. Tax reform – real tax reform ...

Clean Power Plan will remain an issue

While it is good for North Dakota’s economy, and it is particularly good to see the issue uniting the state’s delegation, the Clean Power Plan getting unceremoniously dumped by the Trump administration is not going to end the overall issue of energy over-regulation. The Environmental ...

When does DUS become serious?

Relative to some states and also relative to the past, North Dakota takes drunk driving pretty seriously when an offender ends up in court. However, driving under suspension, although a misdemeanor technically, sure doesn’t seem to be taken too seriously in the eyes of the law. Rarely ...

Region rich in artists, artisans, creatives

When some people think “art,” they might be inclined to think of the art with which they were familiar in school – drawing and painting, etc. However, that definition is constraining in this day and age. Besides the fact that art is perceived more liberally today and can be considered ...

Home-schooling looks like it’s trending

There was a time not too long ago, when pop culture and the entertainment media enjoyed mocking home-schooling. Home-schoolers were awkward and out of the mainstream, over-protective parents and children who would never socially mature, Hollywood told us time and time again. While that ...

Politics aside, something must be done about healthcare

Rates for Affordable Care Act-compliant individual and group plans are on the way up. It’s hard to find a North Dakotan not dreading coverage and cost issues and there seems nothing on the horizon to provide much encouragement. And relative to the rest of the country, North Dakota is in ...

When national tragedy strikes

Several times in the past, I have written about the art it takes to determine the balance between local, regional, national and international news to edit Minot Daily News every week. And, again, it is an art, not a science. Last week was a good illustration of this. One – let me ...

Adult Learning Centers victims of budget cuts

It sounds so simple sometimes. Not enough money in the state’s coffers? Make some cuts, we’ll get by. We all know it must be done at times. Just look at what our state universities have gone through when leaner times came. In Minot there is a more silent example of how people are ...

We brought this one on ourselves

If a farmer living near Mott or New England walks out his front door on the opening day of pheasant season and drops a couple of roosters on the way to the mail box, we’d be hard pressed to say he was out hunting. True, he’d have to be properly licensed, follow all of the other rules for ...

Let’s talk frankly about personal security

Whether on the national front with discussion of issues arising from the tragedy in Las Vegas, or on the local front with enhanced measures in Minot schools, security is on many people’s minds. How does one achieve entire security; how do government and other institutions provide complete ...

Not now, but a middle ground on gun control is possible

There are plenty of reactions to this week’s spree killing in Las Vegas – most perfectly rational and natural in the wake of such a horror. One reaction, loudly proclaimed in the media, is the eternal cry for gun control; the continued advancement of the fantasy that making laws against ...

What to do in the face of atrocity?

Powerless. Angry. Confused. Sad. Then, even more angry. How does one respond to the atrocity of something like that which took place in Las Vegas on the evening of Oct. 1? There is numb, disbelieving. There is hostile, armed with the desire to strike out. The problem is guns, or the ...