I can hardly express my disappointment, frustration and anger with House Bill 1353. Regardless of how you voted on measure 3 if you are a voter you should be furious that a Representative elected by the people of North Dakota has now decided the voters of North Dakota are too stupid to know what they are voting on and they as a representative know more than the voters. This is a slippery slope into a government where a vote is meaningless. We the people of North Dakota weighed the pros and cons of measure three. The pros and cons of preventing death or trying to treat dying people and we spoke with our vote. We voted for prevention. Now our “representatives”, people we elected to represent our wishes in the legislature have decided we are just too stupid to know what we are voting on. While I agree we need more physicians in North Dakota gutting measure three is not the way and certainly not the only option out there. We have one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the nation and received a failing grade just recently. We could raise the tobacco tax and fund the plan for UND. It will be no comfort if in 40 years I have a Physician in North Dakota if what he is going to tell me is my child is dying of cancer because they were a smoker. Prevention is always the better bet for your money.
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought this was America where voting is supposed to be able to accomplish something. I am asking you, the voting public to contact your representatives and ask them to not throw your votes away and for our representatives to not disregard our votes!