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Seventy years ago I remember a descriptive phrase, “Chinese fire drill.” Today with political correctness “Oriental fire drill” would be out of the question. If you want to see a similar event, go observe the present Legislature.

These vaunted servants are falling over each other with a plethora of resolutions to protect “the people’s document (constitution)” from the people of North Dakota. Sit down and read that again.

Citizen initiatives of Marcy's Law, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana have had legislators nervous and wringing their hands. The initiatives were not perfect, but they came via the people who pay all the bills. Most were brought around to bureaucratic and legal acceptance. But now arrives the lollapalooza, the people’s audacity to change the state constitution.

And of all things it had to do with ethics. But that never happens within the government as a whole! If you believe that, the Brooklyn Bridge is now for sale. You may ask, “Who are you talking about?” The newspaper restricts the number of words I can use.

I didn’t support the above initiatives and did not vote for them, but two current legislators in the ethics measure were there start to finish. However, I will defend the people’s right to pursue them within the present conditions under the law until my last breath. Legislators are not worried about ethics per se, they’re apoplectic citizens will initiate measures where the "people" spend some of the peoples' money. Now that is downright despicable and unacceptable. That requirement is vested in 141 people -- but ironically they put their pants (slacks) on one leg at a time like citizens and taxpayers.

Reflecting, the legislators are advancing their own babble and hype. Is there river sludge in Bismarck water? They don’t act irresponsible in their district?

Leon L Mallberg, Dickinson 

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