Category Archives: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Testing My Faith

Dear Editor,

Our newly ordained Catholic Bishop David Kagen has been on board with the Bismarck Diocese now for six months. In this short period Bishop Kagen has done irreparable damage to the diocese. He has adapted the top down Vatican, do as I say management style. This is hardly what Jesus had in mind for our church.

As a lifelong Catholic I am not jumping ship because I am encouraged by some very brave priests, religious women, and other lay Catholics.

We will not sit still and let many U.S. Catholic Bishops hijack the wonderful reforms of Vatican II initiated by the beloved Pope John the Twenty Third. We shall overcome!

John Maddock
Bismarck

Letter: Don’t Vote for Discrimination

Dear Editor:

Measure 3, at first glance seems like a winner– who wouldn’t “Vote YES for Religious Freedom”?

Looking closer at Measure 3, voting yes is a bad idea. A creation of the Catholic Dioceses of North Dakota, Measure 3 would reward religious institutions and individuals who deny basic services we are entitled to under US law and reinforce discrimination based on religious beliefs.

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Letter: The Dangers of Measure 3

Dear Editor:

In a few days I will be 84 years old. I am a lifelong Catholic and I recently realized that no public issue has ever been so troublesome to me as is Measure 3 on the June 12 ballot in North Dakota. It has been introduced by a group that is led by the two North Dakota Catholic bishops.

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Mouse River Ravaged Minot

Dear Editor:

Bismarck, let’s discuss your 2011 flood tragedy as a whole AFTER driving through Minot and visiting friends living in FEMA trailers. I did that this past Sunday afternoon, a year after the sirens sounded and a summer of flooding inundated the Mouse River Valley.

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Hypocritical Actions on Restoration of Mined Farmland

Dear Editor:

North Dakota has the strongest law in the United States on restoration of mined farmland, but the state Supreme Court’s recent Coal Lake ruling threatens to make it a dead letter.

The court upheld the Public Service Commission’s decision that recreation was a “higher and better” use for 86 acres of mined land than raising crops.

The coal companies think up these alternatives and so far the PSC has given its blessing to all of them – golf courses, dirt bike tracks, shooting ranges, waste disposal pits. Adding these to what’s considered a “higher and better” use exempts the coal company from meeting farm productivity standards. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor by Amber Smith-Heinert

Dear Editor,

When I initially joined the Missouri Valley Family YMCA I believed, like many, that it was a wonderful facility that allowed me to achieve my fitness goals. What I soon found out, in addition to the amazing facility, was the impact the Y has on our kids and our community. The Y understands that in order to truly impact a community we must invest in our kids and our families

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Ryan Taylor Letter: North Dakota Communities, North Dakota’s Legacy

Dear Editor:

Senator Ryan Taylor

North Dakotans are strong people, not often prone to uttering discouraging words, but one can tell when that strength is tested.

Last week, as a member of the interim energy development committee, I heard phrases like ‘we are in crisis,’ ‘we need help,’ ‘our quality of life is gone,’ and ‘I am heartbroken’ from sincere, reasonable leaders of Mountrail, Williams, McKenzie and Dunn Counties – where oil drilling and development has been fast and furious. Continue reading

Gary Granzotto Letter: Coalition building neccessary

Dear Editor:

It has been two months since I be­came the president of the North Dakota AFL-CIO. The primary struggle during this time has been for the 1,300 locked out American Crystal Sugar workers. Though this situation remains unresolved there is cause to be thankful for those who have become involved in this struggle. Continue reading

People for a Better Bakken

Dear Editor:

As I write this letter, we are celebrat­ing a holiday season with family and friends on our little farm. This farm is a lifelong dream of ours. My husband and I bought this place about three years ago with the plan to retire here with our goats, sheep and chickens, to plant gar­dens and pick chokecherries, and teach our grandchildren to love the land and respect nature. A hobby farm compared to the serious agricultural endeavors of our neighbors, but we love it here and love the life we are building. Continue reading

Letter from Commissioner Askvig

Dear Editor:

As we move into the holiday season, I have begun reflecting on my first year and a half of service on the Bismarck City Commission.

First, my thoughts and best wish­es to those who were directly and in­directly impacted by this summer’s events. I believe it is imperative that we plan now for potential flooding next Spring and beyond. That is why I strongly supported the multiple ef­forts the City is taking to prepare flood mitigation and protection strategies. Most importantly, for the short term, the City Commission Continue reading