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LETTER: What is real, local control?

It is the control citizens have through their local County and City Governments and it is at stake in this election. We have found that the State of ND now has almost exclusive control over industrial waste sites and even joined in a lawsuit agai...

It is the control citizens have through their local County and City Governments and it is at stake in this election.

We have found that the State of ND now has almost exclusive control over industrial waste sites and even joined in a lawsuit against Dunn County to maintain this control. If you trust that the State and our opponents in the Legislature are protecting you then think about the fact that they have failed to require the ND Dept. of Health to hire anyone with a degree or qualifications to oversee Radioactive Waste, failed to implement cradle to the grave tracking of Radioactive Materials, failed to require long-term bonding or insurance and allow these sites to be monitored by an employee of the company. Now we are hearing about the excessive illegal amounts being stored at these sites.

RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS LAST FOREVER. Short-term plans do not protect ND citizens or pay to clean up a disaster 50 or 500 years from now.

And District 36 Legislators Kelly Armstrong and Mike Schatz as members of the Legislative Administrative Rules Committee at their 9.13.16 meeting, kept rules from being implemented which would have required all well sites to have protective berms and pipelines to have additional safety monitoring measures. Again failing to protect the safety, health and well-being of ND citizens and failing to provide important protections and security to landowners.

We have witnessed an erosion of how we care for and protect ND citizens in the last few Legislative sessions. Now a budget surplus has been squandered and the ones who will pay are those least able to afford to. The sick, the elderly and our children are the ones who will lose services due to budget cuts. Taxes paid by the citizens of ND are in jeopardy of being raised while the amount of tax breaks that have gone out-of-state continues to increase.

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What do we want the future of western ND to look like? We can make the changes to ensure that agriculture, energy, industry and businesses thrive while we protect the safety, health and well-being of our residents. What type of legacy do we want to leave for future generations? Dean Meyer and Linda Kittilson will work to ensure that your livelihoods are protected and that you have a voice. We would appreciate your vote.

Linda Kittilson, Killdeer

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