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Brad Schmidt, West Fargo, Published December 10 2013

Letter: Attacks on NDSU are not credible

The recent rants against North Dakota State University and its leadership by legislators from northwestern North Dakota should concern their constituents as their attacks are completely without foundation or merit, and calls their credibility as state leaders into question.

One has to really wonder what motivates these individuals to be so caustic, so obtuse? These outspoken critics might do well to ponder quotes from great leaders should they aspire to continue to represent their districts in legislative roles as leaders themselves, which surely they are not with their recent statements. Zig Ziglar noted that “when you throw dirt at people, you’re not doing a thing but losing ground.”

However a more appropriate representation of their statements might be found in President Abraham Lincoln’s quote: “Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

I, and I believe the vast majority of our state’s great people, am very grateful for North Dakota State University and its leadership. They are, unlike these callous legislators, part of what makes our state such a great place to live, work, and be proud of.