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Becki Harstad, Published November 26 2011

Cancer reference was degrading

As a cancer survivor, I find American Crystal Sugar CEO Dave Berg’s remarks comparing the locked-out workers to a cancerous tumor that needs eradicating to be insulting, degrading and dehumanizing. Berg has Brian Ingels­rud on TV telling everyone he wants us back. Then he tells the growers/shareholders that we are nothing but a cancerous growth and need to be removed.

What Berg fails to understand is that cancer survivors and their families are tough. They know how to fight, and they are not afraid to face their opponent. They gather strength and courage from their friends and families. They gather their faith around them, and they stand together to face the challenge.

They may get knocked down, but they get up again and again and again. Yes, it is a hard fight. It is a painful fight. But it is a fight we will ultimately win.