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Bruce Brooks, Minot, N.D., Published September 09 2012

Letter: The difference abundantly clear

Congressman Rick Berg, R-N.D., had his few minutes of fame at the Republican convention describing the economic successes of North Dakota. Now he owes Republican leadership big time, and they are sending huge amounts of political advertising money to the state.

Unfortunately, he didn’t tell other states how they could get oil and very favorable agricultural results to improve their economies. He also didn’t highlight the fact that North Dakota is at or near the bottom in teacher salaries and how our Legislature has underfunded children’s health programs for the past decade. He also didn’t mention the property tax problems we face.

He also neglected to mention that North Dakota lacks a clearly needed ethics law and, most of all, he didn’t describe the problems being faced by people and communities in the Oil Patch because the Legislature and state administration lacked much concern or vision until the needs became critical.

I believe that he didn’t mention any of these because he was part of the Legislature that lacked the willingness to take any of them seriously. Berg would obviously take his lack of vision with him were he to become our senator.

If you think this is OK, vote for him. If you think his demonstrated lack of vision would harm North Dakota and our nation, vote for Heidi Heitkamp. There is a very clear difference between the two candidates.