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C.T. Marhula, Grand Forks, Published August 01 2013

Letters: Chamber and politics make a flawed mix

The kerfuffle caused by the North Dakota Chamber (billboards in Minnesota dissing the state) will have repercussions the Chamber should have anticipated.

Both East Grand Forks and Moorhead government units, along with hundreds of Minnesota-based border businesses, help fund the North Dakota-based chambers. Now part of their taxpayer and private dollars are being used to take business and tax base away from them by encouraging a move to North Dakota.

Many East Grand Forks residents still feel all they got out of the merger was an empty checkbook, an empty building and an empty lot.

This is one more reason both states should return to the old law in North Dakota that prohibited government units from joining clearly partisan political organizations.

The local chambers do great work promoting local events and helping small business. They should concentrate on these tasks and get out of partisan politics.