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DEA plane still not in use

April 8, 2016 It probably is a good thing bureaucrats like those at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were not in charge of arming the United States for World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. more »»

An uncomfortable truth about the drug problem

April 7, 2016 By now, most people are aware of the challenge of drug addiction facing Minot and every other community in the countr. more »»

Trump needs to dump whining

April 7, 2016 In perhaps a demonstration of how ill-prepared Donald Trump would be to handle the realities and inner workings of politics on a national (let alone international) stage, he threw a tantrum over th... more »»

It takes a community

April 6, 2016 The current wave of crime in Minot highlights a reality many might not often accept –that fighting crime like this is not just the reponsibility of police. It takes the entire community. more »»

What can be done to prevent railroad accidents?

April 5, 2016 Sunday’s crash of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia brought to 20 the number of serious railroad accidents in the United States during the past year. more »»

Region needs anchors for young professionals

April 3, 2016 Both public and private sector entities in Minot and other west-central North Dakota communities frequently express their need for qualified employees and their struggles to retain such employees. more »»

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Decisions, decisions ...

April 3, 2016 Over the next few months and the rest of the year, there will be (more) changes coming to the Minot Daily News. Now, change is not always the easiest thing to which to accept or adapt. more »»

It’s a shame Obama wastes effort

April 1, 2016 Lest anyone forget the regime President Barack Obama flirted with in Cuba last week, that nation’s former ruler Fidel Castro penned a mocking response to Obama’s visit and speeches, which was... more »»

Community needs to prepare for future police needs

March 31, 2016 It was a good thing to see the Minot Police Department attract a strong group of potential recruits in recent weeks, and hopefully the result will be good hires by the department in the future. more »»

Higher standard for public officials applies to all

March 30, 2016 Last week’s call by the Minot Daily News on its editorial page for Deputy State’s Attorney Kelly Ann Dillon to be removed from the courtroom pending the outcome of her DUI charge has prompted an... more »»

Donations to universities fraught with peril

March 29, 2016 In recent years, there have been plenty of reports about where some charitable institutions spend the money they receive largely from private donations. more »»

Definition of child neglect needs reality check

March 27, 2016 Today’s society is increasingly lenient when it comes to many things. Governments hand out needles to drug addicts and look at creating safe zones for addicts to shoot up. more »»

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: The talk, talk…or how to deal with reporters

March 27, 2016 Being a newspaper journalist requires a number of skills. Among these is the ability to identify, maintain and interview sources. Just talking to people is a key requisite. more »»

Tollefson family leads the way in support of DVCC

March 26, 2016 Members of a well-known Minot family involved for decades in the furniture and carpeting business have graciously stepped up to help out one of the area’s most needed lifelines. more »»

State Attorney’s office should avoid appearance of hypocrisy

March 25, 2016 While the tenet of presumed innocence is and should be sancrosanct in the the legal system, another principle should be as well — that public officials should be held to a higher standar. more »»

Hollow Justice

March 23, 2016 Justice is one of those things that decent, fair-minded people see as a sign of a civilized society. It’s what separates the world’s great societies from rogue states and dictatorships. more »»

The ethics of supporting tyrants

March 23, 2016 Flexible ethics are expected of politicians, so it was only mildly surprising to see the President of the United States standing before a giant poster of Che Guevara. more »»

A sub-culture of terrorists?

March 22, 2016 Belgian police might have captured one of the masterminds of last year’s bloody terrorist attacks in Paris sooner, but for the fact he had help — lots of it. more »»

Be careful about raising cigarette tax

March 21, 2016 Almost nobody wants to raise taxes. more »»

EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK: Fun with headlines

March 20, 2016 Just a few weeks ago, I received a voice message from a reader who was irate about the headline assigned to a story in the newspaper. more »»



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