Letters to the Editor

North Dakota needs to take leadership position on healthcare issues

July 14th, 2018

Ruth Anna BuffaloLetter to the editor,

I am running to represent the people of District-27 in Fargo for the North Dakota Legislature. In 2016, I ran for Insurance Commissioner, and received over 85,000 votes. Although that race was ultimately won by Jon Godfread, I want to share my thoughts about his recently issued insurance bulletin supporting treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder. He took a positive step which I applaud.

This bulletin means children diagnosed with autism in North Dakota will now…

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‘A rising tide lifts all boats’

July 11th, 2018

Dear editor,

President Kennedy was fond of using the phrase, “A rising tide lifts all boats”. It is a phrase worth remembering as we look toward the November election and a new Congress.

There have been repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While complete repeal has been unsuccessful, one effort, to do away with the ‘individual mandate,’ succeeded. As a result, insurance premiums are on the rise and insurance companies are now complaining they can no longer…

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Letter to the editor: ‘A rising tide lifts all boats’

July 5th, 2018

Rick WeilandDear Editor,

President Kennedy was fond of using the phrase, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” It is a phrase worth remembering as we look toward the November election and a new Congress.

There have been repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While complete repeal has been unsuccessful, one effort, to do away with the ‘individual mandate,’ succeeded. As a result, insurance premiums are on the rise and insurance companies are now complaining they can no longer afford…

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Letter on special assessments

May 16th, 2018

Letter to the Editor

For nearly 20 years I’ve been fighting the city of Fargo special assessment abuse. I ran for the city commission twice and have written dozens of letters to the editors over the years explaining numerous faults, including over charges in interest and fees added on by the city. What if Fargo spends the special assessment “revenue" for the benefit of a few. Maybe the biggest benefactor is the Home Builder Association. Did you ever wonder why the HBA hosts a…

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UND and old Wesley College ​- ‘For labor and learning’

May 8th, 2018

Old Wesley College at UND - photograph provided by UNDLetter to the editor

UND wants to tear down buildings. Why can’t UND use the buildings to teach people that want to learn how to restore old buildings?

They could use students from college university majors that are relevant. Work with trade school type schools. For labor and learning. High schools build houses to learn.

Maybe I should just believe that President Kane is showing so much ignorance (lack of intelligence) that he should be fired. What do you think?
- Susan I. Roman,…

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North Dakotans Deserve More from our Tax Commissioner

April 25th, 2018

To the editor:

I was completely dismayed to see Governor Burgum’s proposed budget guidelines for the 2019-2021 biennium. In short, he is asking each department to cut 5-10 percent of their budget, in addition to setting aside an additional three percent of the budget “just in case.” Further, most agencies were asked to cut employees by five percent. 

After hearing plenty of concern from friends and colleagues, I thought I’d see if the Tax Commissioner had any reaction to this…

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​An Open Letter to North Dakota Trans Youth

April 18th, 2018

My name is Faye Seidler and I was a trans youth who grew up mostly in rural North Dakota and Minnesota. My parents seemed to move every year, which meant every year was a new school system, and new people. It was hard to really keep any friends, because I knew every year it’d be different people.

I wasn’t openly trans or even knew what being trans meant at that age. I didn’t have anyone I ever trusted to have that conversation with. I also didn’t know anyone who could really help…

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‘I’m not buying it, and neither should you’

March 7th, 2018

Senator Tim MathernTo the Editor:

The attacks against Senator Heidi Heitkamp by out-of-state partisans follow a predictable formula: Find a wedge issue that inflames people on both sides. Manufacture an outlandish attack against Heidi, no matter the facts. Amplify the attack louder and louder until it drowns out North Dakotans’ better judgment.

I’m not buying it, and neither should you.

The latest, desperate attack out of Washington, DC, transforms a cordial “hello” between colleagues into something…

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​Cramer vs. Cramer

February 14th, 2018

To the editor:

Congressman Cramer often boasts of his unfiltered honesty – and while his comments on women’s clothing or defense of Nazi comparisons certainly proves his lack of filter – the honesty part has proven more difficult, especially as of late.

After being cast aside by his own party for months due to his repeated gaffes, speculation surrounding his potential Senate run finally mounted – and Cramer clumsily danced around the subject for months to keep it that way –…

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​Night soil

January 26th, 2018

To the Editor:

If I were in politics, I would be a radical moderate or a middle-of-the-road extremist. But I am a writer and seek the mean in a concern for the use of language in both literature and public life.

Recently, Donald Trump’s use of an obscenity to describe certain nations caught my ear. I do not favor that kind of mean.) The subsequent apologetics among his minions were jesuitical and funny, contorting logic and, in the end, playing ostrich: “I did not hear it,” “nor…

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