Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Travel alert issued for northeast North Dakota

Advertisement

LETTER: Incumbent Goehring has worn out his welcome

Email

MINOT — Once again, North Dakota’s political parties are convening and endorsing their candidates for the 2014 elections.

We are so fortunate to live in a state that is small enough to let its residents actually meet and ask questions of elected officials and those who are seeking office.

At some point, everyone should take part in the process by serving as a delegate to their party’s convention.

And as for the delegates to the North Dakota Republican convention in Minot, I urge them to support Judy Estenson in her effort to gain the Republican endorsement to run for the office of agriculture commissioner.

It is time for a change. Recent actions of our current ag commissioner leave me to question his efficacy as an advocate for North Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and land owners.

Not to mention his ability to best represent the interests of North Dakotans through his seat on the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

In 2012, Commissioner Doug Goehring failed to challenge the Humane Society when it funded a measure that was couched as protection against animal abuse but which, if passed, could have seriously eroded ranchers’ ability to properly manage their livestock operations.

Also in 2012, Goehring exhibited serious leadership and judgment deficiencies through insensitive comments and actions towards members of his Bismarck staff.

And most troubling of all (in my opinion), Goehring recently lent his support to proposed policy changes that could seriously erode the rights of private property owners through the implementation of the attorney general’s “extraordinary places” review proposal.

It is already apparent that the minority party and many of its candidates intend to drive a wedge between this state’s energy and agriculture industries in an attempt to gain a foothold. The dual role of the ag commissioner with his seat on the NDIC is to advocate and manage policies that enable both industries to not only coexist but to be mutually beneficial to one another and to the citizens of this great state.

We need an ag commissioner who is fully capable of just that, and I believe that Judy Estenson is the best candidate.

Jeff Fox

Incumbent Goehring has worn out his welcome

MINOT — Once again, North Dakota’s political parties are convening and endorsing their candidates for the 2014 elections.

We are so fortunate to live in a state that is small enough to let its residents actually meet and ask questions of elected officials and those who are seeking office.

At some point, everyone should take part in the process by serving as a delegate to their party’s convention.

And as for the delegates to the North Dakota Republican convention in Minot, I urge them to support Judy Estenson in her effort to gain the Republican endorsement to run for the office of agriculture commissioner.

It is time for a change. Recent actions of our current ag commissioner leave me to question his efficacy as an advocate for North Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and land owners.

Not to mention his ability to best represent the interests of North Dakotans through his seat on the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

In 2012, Commissioner Doug Goehring failed to challenge the Humane Society when it funded a measure that was couched as protection against animal abuse but which, if passed, could have seriously eroded ranchers’ ability to properly manage their livestock operations.

Also in 2012, Goehring exhibited serious leadership and judgment deficiencies through insensitive comments and actions towards members of his Bismarck staff.

And most troubling of all (in my opinion), Goehring recently lent his support to proposed policy changes that could seriously erode the rights of private property owners through the implementation of the attorney general’s “extraordinary places” review proposal.

It is already apparent that the minority party and many of its candidates intend to drive a wedge between this state’s energy and agriculture industries in an attempt to gain a foothold. The dual role of the ag commissioner with his seat on the NDIC is to advocate and manage policies that enable both industries to not only coexist but to be mutually beneficial to one another and to the citizens of this great state.

We need an ag commissioner who is fully capable of just that, and I believe that Judy Estenson is the best candidate.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness