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Ross Nelson, Casselton, N.D., Published January 12 2013

Letter: A lesson in ethics, integrity worthy of Bernie Madoff

At first I thought that the non-punishment of the 10 North Dakota State University football players who faked petition signatures and defrauded their employer was wrong. It seemed that Judge Douglas Herman, who ruled on the case, not only condoned the players’ crimes but verged on racism when he said that these college men in their 20s were “not smart enough” to understand simple right from wrong.

But the Bison football championship this year created a lot of regional excitement and helped push the Fargodome farther into the black. With results like these, why not make excuses for fraudulent behavior? Now all I have to do is explain to my kids that if they have something people really want, they can indulge in almost any kind of illegal activity with no bad consequences.

Bernie Madoff, stand back: North Dakota’s youth are learning the lesson well.