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Letter: Will cronyism exist at the highest levels?

To the editor,

I read with great interest a Steve Stark cartoon in the Fargo Forum that implies that unless you've worked for Microsoft, you need not apply for a position in North Dakota state government.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but one of Gov. Burgum's campaign platforms was to eliminate the "boys club." His definition seems to be getting rid of one boys club and replacing it with another—one of which seems to have no idea how operations in the public sector are performed.

On a related matter, another one of Burgum's Microsoft club is Don Morton, the chairman of the State Board of Higher Education, who is presently speaking for the board in a discrimination claim filed against Chancellor Mark Hagerott.The claim was filed with the North Dakota Department of Labor by a former vice chancellor.

North Dakota Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer is newly appointed by Gov. Burgum.

Will the investigation of the vice chancellor's claims be fair and unbiased? Or will cronyism at the highest levels prevail?

Steve Olson

Hoople, N.D.