Friday Mailbag: How We Count COVID-19 Deaths, Why the Legislature Isn’t Responding to the Pandemic, and More

MINOT, N.D. — It’s finally Friday, and also the day when North Dakota businesses can begin a “smart restart” (to use the parlance of Gov. Doug Burgum’s administration).

Who else is ready for a haircut? I know I am.

I got some great feedback from you readers this week. If you’d like to send a comment or a question, email it to

Some of you have been sending your stuff to me on other platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I do my best to engage everywhere, but I get a lot of feedback, and if you want to be sure I see something, email is the best way.

Feedback published in the column may get edited for brevity and clarity.

Now, to this week’s feedback!

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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