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Letter: Like protesters, columnist Port whines when he doesn't get his way

I was disappointed to read Rob Port's Marsy's Law column ("North Dakota must blow up initiated measure process," Page A4, Nov. 13). Talk about sour grapes. Instead of accepting the wishes of the voters on Marsy's Law, Port advocates stripping the...

I was disappointed to read Rob Port's Marsy's Law column ("North Dakota must blow up initiated measure process," Page A4, Nov. 13).

Talk about sour grapes. Instead of accepting the wishes of the voters on Marsy's Law, Port advocates stripping the voters of North Dakota of the right to initiate laws and constitutional amendments.

Voters should be incensed by Port's insinuation that they are mindless drones who just vote in accordance with the advertising proponents ran. Never mind the exhaustive public debate over victim rights in media.

And never mind that the voters also bucked the system when-in the absence of an ad campaign-they authorized medical marijuana, or the fact that voters overwhelmingly embraced Trump despite elitists such as Port telling us to reject him.

In reality, voters recognized the North Dakota could do better. Voters decided that it was time for people suffering from pain, nausea and seizures to have access to helpful drugs. Voters understood that Trump was better for North Dakota despite lapses of decorum and political correctness.

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And voters valued protecting the rights of victims.

But I guess I shouldn't be surprised by Port's denial of the voters' will. It is in fashion to throw a tantrum and want to change the rules when the voters disagree with the smarter-than-us crowd. That is just what the Hillary supporters did when she lost the election, what the Dakota Access protesters did when the court ruled against them and what the opponents of Marsy's Law are doing now.

Unfortunately, people like Port don't think voters are smart enough to be in charge of their own government. Thankfully, voters outnumber those who would limit democracy.

Dennis Ell

Bismarck

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