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Letter: Wrigley’s ‘rich man’ comment awful display of arrogance

As I sit down to write this letter, I’m reminded of something my Mother taught me 60 years ago, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

But as I’ve read and reread the article in the Bowman County newspaper quoting Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, I have to say something, and I can’t think of anything nice to say.

It was the most God awful display of arrogance I have ever witnessed by someone in public office! To have the audacity to say that the people in the west are complaining because the state didn’t build them a house, or their kids have to be a little cramped for space in school, are “a rich man’s problems!” This is where I want to swear. I’ll let you do it.

To say to the many people who put their name on the ballot, because they think some things could be done better, or differently, that “before they ask for more assistance, they should ask for forgiveness!” Here is where I swear again. And you should too!

To imply that (shades of Rep. Kevin Cramer), that God put the oil in the ground and we should take it out at any costs is asinine. This is where I swear again.

To make the assertion that because we drive, or fly, that because we travel and use fossil fuels for a myriad of things, to assert that we have no right to question how minerals are extracted and at what cost to our state and its people, is my friends, a frightening frame of mind.

Lieutenant governor, I hope you notice the people that have been killed or injured on our highways. I hope you notice the elderly on fixed incomes leaving western North Dakota because they can’t afford the rent. I hope you feel for the kid that is studying in a hallway because he doesn’t have a desk. I hope that you notice the litter along our once beautiful highways. I hope you realize, someday, that our concerns are more than seeing a pump jack going up and down. These problems and many others too, aren’t “a rich man’s problems.”

Evidently the governor heard the speech, because he just announced a special session isn’t needed. At least they are on the same page.

Dean Meyer, Dickinson