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Christopher J. Deery, Fargo, Published September 15 2012

Letter: Cramer reveals his true priorities

On Sept. 11, I saw a political commercial for Kevin Cramer, and I had to write. Seeing political commercials isn’t very unusual these days in North Dakota, but Sept. 11 is not a typical day. At least not for me.

A lot of politicians these days seem to think of this day as just any other day or, even worse, a cheap political talking point. But for me, and the men and women who fought alongside me in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the war on terror, it’s a day that will forever stand apart. Sept. 11 was the day of the biggest attack on American soil in history. Nearly 3,000 Americans died that day. And it set in motion the events that have led to two wars, costing at least $3 trillion, and 6,280 American troops dead.

It’s a day when we should show some respect. I contacted Cramer’s opponent, Pam Gulleson, and she said they chose not to run ads out of respect. I am disappointed that Cramer didn’t extend that same courtesy. I would expect that someone running to represent North Dakota in Congress would have a little more respect for the men and women who lost their lives on that day and all the American servicemen and women who have served our nation since that day.