If you were to ask a citizen of North Dakota what issues need to be addressed in the state by our legislators, I suspect you would hear responses like a need to bolster K-12 education, or building up transportation infrastructure around the state, or providing resources to help our friends and neighbors deal with addiction issues, food insecurity, health care issues, and so on.
Yet our Legislature is spending valuable time and energy instead to repeal a previous approval of the Equal Rights Amendment. Why? There seems to be little to no citizen interest or support for this, and in fact much of the discussion now is from citizens responding that they do not want the previous approval repealed. Apparently, when one constituent contacted Sen. Robert Erbele and urged him to vote against this measure, she was told, “Do what you want to within the abilities and graces God has given you, but don’t demand it because you are mad you’re not a man.”
This situation speaks to a huge disconnect between the priorities of our legislators and the priorities of us as citizens. It also, sadly, demonstrates a blatant disregard for the people who make up half of our population. North Dakota deserves better.
Anita Casey-Reed, Bismarck