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Darcy M. Cohrs, Fargo, Published November 30 2012

Letter: A poor lesson for our children

The election is finally over, and I am shell- shocked. The bombardment of negative advertisements on the television has ceased.

I am ashamed to say I’m from North Dakota. The neighboring state of Minnesota had several ads running for their candidates, and none were negative. They did not rip each other limb from limb for a job in Washington.

I received several telephone calls from the Republican Party urging me to vote for their candidates. My home telephone is on the do-not-call list. I guess nothing is sacred before the election, including my personal time at home.

Please remember when you get to Washington that the people in North Dakota are watching you. Please abide by our wishes and not party lines. I realize that once you are elected, you will receive health insurance and a pension from the U.S. government for the rest of your life. I wish I could say the same about my retirement.

The millions of dollars spent on the negative ad campaigns in North Dakota make my head swim, plus all the political mail that I received in my mailbox. There are so many needy people in North Dakota who could have benefited from a couple of million dollars – a place to call home, enough to eat, lower health care costs and a better education for their children that doesn’t cost the parents the farm, to name a few.

I was always told to teach your children well. What did the negative campaign ads teach our children?

Please remember: You are working for the people of North Dakota.