Letters to the Editor

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Monte Reiner Minot The North Dakota Board of Higher Education has recently proposed reducing the graduation requirements for our university system. Although I have been unable to find the proposed changes it is very concerning that this is the course we are taking. In an ealier Letter to ...

A costly power plan no longer threatens North Dakota’s economy

Jason Bohrer President and CEO Lignite Energy Council Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, did a big favor for states like ours that use coal to generate electricity. His recent decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan lifted a massive regulation from our ...

Impressive care at Trinity

Dave and Wendy Ellingson and family Minot We are writing to thank the staff at Trinity for the great are ouf mother/mother-in-law received at Trinity. Both times she was hospitalized recently, her care was excellent. The doctors, nurses and CNAs were professional yet compassionate. Every ...

No hog farm in Devils Lake

Amanda (Kenner) Havelange Hunter I grew up on 6 mile bay of Devils Lake. My grandfather built the home and farm from the ground up in 1950. 6 mile bay has always been peaceful, and beautiful. So beautiful in fact, that my husband and I had our wedding overlooking 6 mile bay at my parents ...

Gimmicks, funny numbers and fake facts

Robert Hale Minot A recent letter to the editor from Sen. Rich Wardner and Rep. Al Carlson was dismaying to say the least. It contained a number of troubling inaccuracies. These Senate and House leaders stated, “Property taxes are necessary to fund local schools.” This is ...

Cut the city budget

Nancy Bommelman Minot So the City of Minot employees want a raise. I’m ok with that, but there are people that haven’t had a raise in 6 years. Their taxes keep going up and up and they aren’t getting a raise. What justifies a raise for the city employees? So does it mean that every ...

Magic Day of Giving a success

Megan Laudenschlager Minot Just three short weeks ago, over 3,100 community members came together to give back to our community for the fourth annual Magic Day of Giving. With over 6,200 volunteer hours, participants were able to create chemotherapy care kits for individuals undergoing ...

Health Insurance Tax bad for business

Kent Kirkhammer Minot Our company, NewKota, is a growing leader and innovator in our industry, providing service across all corners of the oil field. One thing NewKota prides itself on is our people. We currently employ just under 100 people with the hope of continued growth, especially ...

Oil counties picking up Fargo’s flood control tab

Trana Rogne Kindred It is now apparent that Doug Burgum acts as if he were governor of the city of Fargo, not the governor of the State of North Dakota. The article in the Fargo Forum “The Boom Bill: After years of boom Oil Patch cites paying off growth debt” does not address the ...

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes, and more Taxes

Larry Bellew Minot Is it time for Measure 2 to come back? In case we forget, Measure 2 was on the ballot several years ago. If it would have passed, property taxes would have been eliminated. You might ask yourself, “Why is he bringing this up?” I bring this up because it is property ...

New tax HIT coming, unless…

Marsha Lembke Bismarck While it was an honor to have the president visit North Dakota to talk about tax relief, there’s a new tax coming that no one is talking about. The Health Insurance Tax - or HIT, as it’s called. The HIT was originally part of Obamacare, but in 2015 our ...

Trump: The Great Whiner

Bob Ziegler Minot Rob Port’s article on a Democratic Senator from North Dakota (the nerve of that woman!) was quite amusing. Trump the sociopath’s two top aides are his daughter and his son-in-law. Avoidance? Well, what has Trump the sociopath done since being sworn in? Complain ...

We need a break from Washington

On November 8th, Americans voted Donald Trump into office after nearly a decade of Washington-driven policies that smothered the economy, killed small business, and stagnated the middle class. Trump has already begun to fulfill his promises. His administration immediately slashed unnecessary ...

City Council new and improved

Monte Reiner Minot I have been listening to city council sessions on public access on TV. Light years of progress has been made in improving decision making with accountability on each seat to the city as a whole. I was shocked to hear processes being implemented vs. a haphazard same old ...

Appreciate and support the arts in Minot

Almaree Anderson Minot I am writing to applaud the recent operatic production of “Orpheus in the Underworld,” which was presented by Minot State University faculty members, professional opera singers, dancers trained by Minot’s own Rinat Mouzafarov, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, and ...

Such absurdity

David Aas Minot I find myself drawn to respond to Janet Mathistad’s criticism of the editorial cartoon in the August 22nd issue of the Minot Daily News. While I find myself questioning why I would be defending a cartoon, I am moved to respond to Reverend Mathistad’s misguided ...

Factory hog operation would be devastating

Janelle Engstrom Leeds A factory hog operation has been proposed near Devils Lake. Over 100,000 hogs and between 3.5 and 7 million gallons of sewage would be produced yearly. This project will have devastating consequences for Devils Lake! The barn and dump site areas are surrounded by ...

‘Debarking’ dogs is inhumane

Philip Weigel Minot I recently saw the story of Oregon farmers who were ordered to “debark” their dogs. The dogs’ barks are very loud and, understandably, the neighbors were tired of hearing that. However, the judge’s ruling to “debark” the dogs is very inhumane and cruel to ...

Time for ND to take charge

Monte Reiner Minot Although our president ignores most of the pillars of character we strive to introduce to our children and grandchildren when it comes to immigration it is time for our state to step up and take the lead. Our children see and hear this lack of respect for those ...

Please, no Dodd-Frank rollback

Stacey Jay Bendish Mandan Congressman Cramer has joined the bandwagon to roll back what he and many others call unneeded regulations on the banking industry. Understand that our congressman has worked almost his whole life in the public/political sector. Either running the ND Republican ...