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‘There you go again’

By Staff | Aug 22, 2014

In the words of a great President Reagan, Lloyd Omdahl, “there you go again.” Your opinion on Shared Parenting is like all your opinions.

You were wrong on the property tax Measure 2. The state has plenty of money but does not want the taxpayers to benefit.

On the Fighting Sioux, you forgot to ask the natives what they wanted. They formed a Committee of Understanding and Respect to keep the name.

Measure 4 in November will take the rights away from North Dakotans to make laws by initiative. You, as a liberal educator, love things like Common Core, anything that will put the government in control of our children. You always favor “Government Knows Best.” Government needs to be bigger, more intrusive. It is, in your mind, the end all be all. But just like other issues, you always seem to think you know best.

Shared Parenting is another example of something you know nothing about. My dad used to have a name for people like you. He would have called you a “know it all”, someone who knows everything but does nothing.

I am the guy who spoke to more people, heard more stories about Shared Parenting than anyone in history. I got 15,000 plus signatures to put this on the ballot, that means I spoke to literally thousands more (because not everyone signed).

Divorce is not a good thing, especially for children. No fault divorces make it even worse. Family courts consume $50 billion a year, more than all the other courts combined. Eighty percent or more children living with a single moms live below poverty level, as do 28 percent of single dads.

Before no fault divorce in 1969, dads 95 percent of the time retained full custody. The unintended consequence was 5 percent divorce. (Moms did not want to leave their children). Children love both parents, Lloyd, and need both without conflict. Equal parenting gives the children that opportunity. My five will tell you they wanted that more than anything in the world.

Just remember Lloyd, it’s about the children, not the government or for that matter the selfish divorcing parents. Vote Yes for shared parenting, I know our kids would.

And Lloyd, keep your uninformed opinions and bias as an attorney to yourself.

Charles Tuttle,

Minot ND

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