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Craig Meiers, Grand Forks, Published October 05 2013

Letter: ND senators put Kevin Cramer to shame

I was looking at the national news and was proud to be a North Dakotan. My pride originated from observing a very short list of senators who had committed to donating their paychecks to charities during the shutdown. On this list I saw the names John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

I was hoping to find the name of Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., when I looked to find the members of the House who had made similar pledges but was sorely disappointed. What I found instead were statements by Cramer about how he was keeping his check because he doesn’t pull political stunts. I also saw statements he made in August about how difficult it can be to make ends meet on his $174,000 income when you have to rent an apartment in Washington.

I have to believe that many of the individuals who receive the food stamps that Cramer voted to cut would very easily be able to make ends meet with a $174,000 income, even if they donated their salary for a month or two.

What this whole fiasco has taught me is that our state should be quite proud of our former governor and Sen. Hoeven and our Sen. Heitkamp but should start getting busy looking for someone who has real North Dakotan ethics to replace Cramer.