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Falling on deaf ears

March 9, 2014

Justin Mead, Grassy Butte I’m a 30-year-old, third generation rancher outside of Grassy Butte in western North Dakota....

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locomotive

Mar-11-14 1:00 PM

Case in point: the letter writer says the needs in the patch are not being met. Last session, legislators from the patch brought proposals directing more money to the patch needs. Other legislators, Republican and Democrat, lessened the amount proposed and given. A person could check the vote tally if one had the time to research the facts, but I'm reasonably sure that the ND legislature is not 100% Republican, so the vote to lessen was a bipartisan accomplishment.

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locomotive

Mar-11-14 12:56 PM

"We certainly see some of that behavior on the left as well, but the right has made it a science."

I think it's even steven.

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locomotive

Mar-11-14 12:54 PM

"I sincerely wish I could reciprocate but I don't feel it would be deserved."

Why thank you, centerish. Why indeed.

hee hee hee

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centerfield

Mar-11-14 12:16 PM

Why thank you loco, for your kind words. I sincerely wish I could reciprocate but I don't feel it would be deserved. If we review the working of the ND legislature, we will find that the Republicans were less than sympathetic to the problems of the patch and more concerned about setting up lawsuits for our Attorney General to fight over women's rights. There is a concerted effort on the right to resist expenditures that are needed by the general population especially if they can: a. bring the money home to their county/city instead, b. Help a project for a like minded political crony, c. Help out a political contributor to their cause. We certainly see some of that behavior on the left as well, but the right has made it a science.

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Legend

Mar-10-14 8:44 PM

LS: Why do u ignore the newly insured? Our 2 finest assets b4 oil were fresh air and a sparse population.

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Legend

Mar-10-14 8:44 PM

LS: Why do u ignore the newly insured? Our 2 finest assets b4 oil were fresh air and a sparse population.

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locomotive

Mar-10-14 5:46 PM

centerish, I'll have to commend you for staying on topic. Sometimes it's hard, isn't it, but you did very well.

Incidentally, I agree with much of your most recent post. If there's problems, elected officials from both parties had better well respond.

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centerfield

Mar-10-14 1:24 PM

Well, here we are again, a letter from a ND Resident discussing a particular area of concern. Now where would the right wing take us on this discussion. How about away from the topic and on to Hate Obama. The topic was the lack of effort on the North Dakota Legislators, especially Republican legislators. Does the west(of ND) need financial help for infrastructure? Yes. What do they get from the legislature? Some help, but not near enough. These are concerns for the people that live there and the legislature is not responding enough. Fix the country roads, fix the highways, maintain them and police them. What could be the problem with that?

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centerfield

Mar-10-14 1:17 PM

Yep, you are not on the blog all day, at least not this one blog. But, then you live close to Minot... Yep, rushbag, you really are knowledgeable about ND. We all believe you. You are sooooo good. Especially about pipelines, oil, ND, well, just about anything... we are in awe.

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locomotive

Mar-10-14 10:21 AM

Our state is facing issues, large and in real time. It's not all about one's own regional representatives either. It's about an entire state attitude.

If oil companies are behaving badly (see James MacPherson's recent article about oil waste in ND), the state must be willing to take the necessary steps to ensure our safety and our environment.

I've talked about the late Gov. Art Link and his stance against the coal companies back in his day. He was tough and fair and MADE the coal companies live up to reclamation promises, etc.

It's no different today. We as a state, no matter which political party enjoys the majority, MUST ensure our survival of this boom, doing what is necessary, being tough and fair with the oil companies.

For example, I am in favor of extensive records where/when filter socks are used, so they can be traced to responsible parties when they've been improperly disposed of. And I'm in favor of fines with big teeth.

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locomotive

Mar-10-14 10:12 AM

"Yes, jack, we all know the Republican promises. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Since centerish brought up the national political scene, I'll gin up some Democrat promises from 2013, just for her...

"I think that probably no one fully anticipated when you have a law that phases in over time how much confusion that creates for a lot of people." - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, April 8

"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me." - President Obama, Nov. 7 "Even if it takes changing the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got." – Former President Bill Clinton, Nov. 12

"On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to." – President Obama, Nov. 14

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EarlyBird

Mar-10-14 8:48 AM

This guy wasn't talking about out of state politics to those who are a tad bit slow. He wants action not lies and broken promises. The bug push to develop is being mustered by the state and federal governments not the private people. About one third of the wells drilled and being drilled are government wells. It needs to be shut down.

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centerfield

Mar-09-14 11:29 PM

Rushslide, obviously you don't live in ND or even close... Would W. Virginia fit you... Another paid blogger and a poor one at that.

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chadk66

Mar-09-14 11:25 PM

Justin, I hope you remember this come fall when we can vote to eliminate property taxes again.

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Legend

Mar-09-14 11:01 PM

LS: What is not 2 like in a sparse population. If u find it so upsetting--what in putin droppings r u doing here? There r more than enough crowded places 4 those want that. 20 years from now when western ND is on the superfund cleanup list' Justin will be seen as the true patriot. ND OIl Can destroy normal life.

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centerfield

Mar-09-14 4:31 PM

Yes, jack, we all know the Republican promises. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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mallrats

Mar-09-14 3:37 PM

In my opinion it doesn't matter who is at the reins. Eventually the ones in control at any given point can and will be persuaded by corporate interests. If not then they don't tend to stay around long.

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JackAaah

Mar-09-14 3:34 PM

RSPECTfully, leftfield.....at least we can offer them the promise....whether it gets done or not....

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centerfield

Mar-09-14 1:48 PM

First of all, let me comment on Justin's letter. Where ever you stand on issues, this letter is well written, explains the issues as the time slot allows, and expresses the views of an individual who is living the life and feeling the problems first hand. Without a doubt, the Republican legislators, whether east or west, do not care about the problems of the oil patch people. It is indicative of the entire philosophy of the Republicans and is a major reason why they are the minority party (nationally) and will continue to stay there. More and more young ND people are seeing what Justin is now experiencing. North Dakota is slowly learning the real Republican party is not working for the good of the people but for their corporate constituency. Anyone who lives or travels the Patch knows what Justin knows. The working people will continue to lean to the Democrats for support both now and in the future.

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JackAaah

Mar-09-14 11:56 AM

I am glad Justin has seen the light, and knows our Democrat legislators in the eastern part of the state DO have RSPECT for him and are voting to help him....to move forword....

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Legend

Mar-09-14 10:54 AM

Keep this issue alive. It has exposed the true values of our state leaders. Why would they want such a legacy for they and theirs? This is greed on steroids. This is also republican politicians doing what they would do 2 the entire country--if they could. ND Oil Can: Ruin the lives of many who were in western ND b4 oil. What is the rush--only greed. This could all be done safely and without adverse impact to the local people.

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