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November 2, 2012
Pierce County Tribune

Court Little Flower

Rugby, N.D.

October is National Pornography Awareness Month. We are all well aware of this dreaded vice which has taken a stronghold on so many families because of its accessibility to all people. It has now been recorded that women are as guilty as men, and many children have joined the trend, through the media of television, computers, and books, to name a few.

Parents, we are asking you to watch what your children are reading and watching on TV and know the company they hang out with.

Another suggestion we may try is turning to God in silent meditation and prayer, maybe just 15 minutes a day. Prayer is the strongest method of defense against evil. If we all join together in this effort we may find some remarkable reduction in this dreaded evil.

Remember this saying of Jesus: "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you."

Judith L. Gibbens

Cando, N.D.

Proponents of Measure 5 say they want to protect our state's animals by making extreme forms of animal cruelty a Class C felony. We must, the story goes, keep pace with the times and do something about our weak animal cruelty laws. Yet, Measure 5 does nothing to protect any species of animals, including dogs, cats and horses from common forms of inhumane treatment and abuse including neglect, abandonment, and starvation. Even if Measure 5 were already part of our Century Code, no additional help would be available to the starving horses, cows shot to death, abandoned puppies and kittens, and hoarding situations that have made North Dakota news over the summer of 2012.

In addition, the ballot language omits two critical words "to death" that are found in the full text of Measure 5. The ballot language states that a person who maliciously or intentionally harms a living dog, cat, or horse would be guilty of a Class C felony. However, the full text of Measure 5 reads "Any individual who maliciously and intentionally burns, poisons, crushes, suffocates, impales, drowns, blinds, skins, beats to death, drags to death, exsanguinates, disembowels, or dismembers any living dog, cat, or horse". The disparity between the ballot language and the full text of Measure 5 leads me to wonder if most people can truly understand what it is they are voting on by reading the ballot. I also question Measure 5's protection of animals in North Dakota from malicious or intentional harm when the animals must be beaten or dragged to death before the law applies.

The language used in the full text of the Measure and on the ballot leaves much for interpretation and sets the stage for unintended consequences. The language on the ballot is not a good representation of Measures 5's full text. Bringing animal cruelty laws in this state into the 21st century by thoughtful input and consideration of all North Dakotans using a legislative process trumps a narrowly focused, poorly worded initiated measure every time.

Please consider joining me in voting NO on Measure 5, but do not stop there. Contact your legislators and let them know that the humane laws in North Dakota require their attention in the upcoming 2013 session. Initiated measures drafted and supported by out of state special interest groups are a poor substitute for writing laws on complex subjects like the humane treatment of animals and Measure 5 is an example of this.

Metta Schell,

Towner N.D.

On October 10, 2012 there was a town hall meeting regarding Measure 5 in Minot, N.D., and my husband and I went to find out more about the measure. When I heard that the out-of-state anti-hunting and anti-agriculture group The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is funding and running Measure 5, I knew our state will be in trouble if this passes.

When I worked in Minot I would listen to "Agri Talk" on the Rugby radio station on my commute. They talked about HSUS, an animal rights extremist group, and how they are trying to destroy animal agriculture in the United States. HSUS tried to pass restrictions against hunting and property rights in North Dakota on a 2010 measure and failed. Now they are back, using our cats, dogs and horses; our pets; as a means to get a foot in our door to do their damage to animal agriculture in North Dakota. Less than 1% of their multi-million dollar donations goes to any form of physical animal care whatsoever.

There were several informative speakers at the Oct. 10 meeting, and it was stated that the North Dakota Veterinarian Medical Board has recommended a NO vote on Measure 5. Two of the speakers were veterinarians, and they stated this measure has nothing to do with any of the animal issues that they have seen in our state.

There is a North Dakota Animal Stewards Coalition. It is a broad-based and growing group of ranchers, farmers, veterinarians, pet owners, animal shelter workers, sportsmen and women working to protect all of our animals and our rights in animal agriculture. We do NOT need a Washington extremist group destroying agriculture in North Dakota. For information go to, or on Facebook by searching "North Dakota Animal Stewards". Please vote NO on Measure 5.

Randy L. Myers

Rugby, N.D.

This letter is to urge the citizens of Pierce County to pass the mill levy requested by the Geographical Center Historical Society.

Pierce County has something very unique in the Prairie Village and Museum that few other counties in North Dakota have. The board, director and staff have worked hard the past few years to add programming and events to help balance the budget. Additional funding is still required to promote, maintain, and expand the Museum.

The additional funds raised by the mill levy request would help to insure that the Museum's doors would remain open for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your continued support of the Geographical Center Historical Society and the Prairie Village and Museum.

Sue Fretland,

Towner, N.D.

The state of North Dakota is in a unique and enviable position as this election approaches. We are enjoying unprecedented growth and prosperity; but we have another unusual situation, we have two good men running for the office of governor.

Jack Dalrymple picked up the reins when John Hoeven was elected to the United States Senate. His policy has been "do no harm". He has reacted to whatever situation presented itself in this state. Is this what we want from our governor? I think not.

Ryan Taylor, on the other hand, has a vision for North Dakota. He has formulated policies that are proactive, that meet changes head-on rather than act after the fact. He has proposed a change to the distribution of oil and gas tax monies so those counties and communities most impacted would benefit from the dollars being produced there. He has plans that would assist growing schools and stressed law enforcement agencies. He recognizes the necessity of working with both public and private agencies to meet housing and child care needs in North Dakota. In short, he is a new breed of politician. Not only is he honorable and well spoken but he has VISION and plans to carry out that vision.

On November 6, 2012 we can vote for more of the same, or for leadership with a vision for all of North Dakota. Ryan Taylor is the man to lead us in these challenging, rewarding times.

Paige (Haugland) Uran

As a concerned North Dakota citizen and life-long animal producer and caretaker, I feel there are serious loopholes in Measure 5 that we all need to be concerned about. The language of Measure 5 is unclear and misleading, leaving far too much up to interpretation. For example:

1) Exempt is "any other activity that is usual and customary practice in production agriculture". Who is going to determine what is usual and customary? Do we want people who are disconnected with agricultural practices to decipher what is going to be a "usual and customary practice"??

2) "Treatment etc., under supervision of a licensed veterinarian" Most ranchers treat animals on their own, unless it's a major injury, including routine vaccinations to keep our animals healthy on a daily basis. There are many circumstances where this would be very impractical. If my horse broke its leg running through the pasture on a holiday weekend would it be more humane to euthanize the horse myself and end it's suffering quickly, or wait for hours, even days, for a vet? It is my understanding that, if passed, Measure 5 could very well make me a felon for saving my horse from hours of pain and suffering caused an injury that was unintentional based on the language of this measure. Furthermore, Measure 5 does not cover the basic and most common forms of mistreatment on ALL animals, which seems very odd. There are many parts to this measure that are sketchy and this attitude of "hurry up and pass it so no more animals suffer" and, "we can fix the bills later" is not right. Why not do it right the first time with a group of people from all aspects of animal health and production working together? (For more information on animal care laws being proposed by our own citizens, please visit and read at We all have the animals' best interests in mind. What is the big hurry to pass a subpar measure that so many in the animal health industry are unhappy with? Even some of our best animal shelters and most respected veterinarians are opposing this measure. Now that's something for people to seriously consider.?

I don't want to see ANY animal being mistreated; most ranchers and pet owners like myself couldn't think of such a thing. I am, however, extremely skeptical of anything the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has their hands in. People are being deceived and led to believe that the HSUS is the same as their local shelters, and that is far from the truth.



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