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letter to the editor - N.D. government run by a ‘good-old-boys’ GOP club

In response to Ken Hall’s letter to the editor that ran in The Jamestown Sun on Dec. 24, it appears that our unsuccessful 2012 candidate for the state Legislature has quite a distorted view of what constitutes a well-run state.

Hall complains about the media not telling the whole story, and wrote, “Did you know that for the second year in a row North Dakota has been selected as the best run state in the country?” Hall never mentioned who did the “selecting,” but based on the conduct of our state government in recent years, I’d say that “selection” is as phony as a $3 bill.

Our state government has become a good-old-boys Republican country club. They have had complete control of the entire state for more than 20 years. According to a 2012 study that was reported by none other than Fox News, North Dakota is one of the most corrupt state governments in the nation. The full article can be found at

Here is one example of this corrupt conduct: According to an Associated Press report this past October, there have been 291 oil pipeline leaks over a two-year span that were never reported to the public. And then there was the recent pipeline spill (about 20,000 barrels) near Tioga, N.D., that the public was kept in the dark for about 11 days after it was discovered. Who knows what else our state government is hiding from us?

Does Hall think that a consistent effort to keep the public uninformed about important issues is a sign of “the best run state in the country?” If so, North Dakotans can be grateful he was not elected to the state Legislature in 2012.