Tracker Pixel for Entry

Can we trust our country?

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Last Word | November 14th, 2020

By Marc de Celle

marcdecelle@midco.net

As someone who has voted for both Republicans and Democrats in the last decade, and who has participated as both a poll worker and an absentee vote counter in the last five years, I feel it's my duty as a citizen to point out that in every state, both Republicans and Democrats count votes together, in a system that both parties created together so they could watch each other.

Sadly, I make a lot of people mad by standing up for the integrity of our American democracy. The vote is dependable. That's why the Presidential Commission on Voter Fraud created by Trump was disbanded -- try as they might, they simply couldn't find any (beyond less than .001% of our votes, a fraud figure that appears to have been consistent since the 1700s).

Our electoral system is a very common-sense system and virtually incorruptible. Of all the bad things that have happened in the U.S. in recent years, I believe the sewing of false doubts about the basic integrity of our electoral process is the single worst and bodes terribly for our future as a country. If we can't trust the vote, we don't really have a country. I'm honored to have met a lot of our North Dakota officials and former officials personally, from Doug Burgum, Jack Dalrymple, and John Hoeven to Byron Dorgan, Heidi Heitkamp, and Kent Conrad. I can assure you they all know the system top-to-bottom and know it is squeaky clean--not just in North Dakota, but across the country. They wouldn't participate in it otherwise or have it any other way.

We all need a damned good civics lesson on how voting actually works, the entire process, from beginning to end. There is nothing secret about it. It's an open, democratic process. Anyone from either party is free to work as a vote counter or in the polls as I have done--in fact, at every step, it is required that a representative of each party be present to witness what is going on. There's nothing mysterious or hidden about it, and all citizens are encouraged to participate (participate; not disrupt).

Casting false aspersions against our ability to honestly count our votes is the single most direct way to destroy the United States. Those of us who have participated in the vote-counting process and know-how reliable it has a patriotic duty and a moral obligation to speak up for the basic decency of the hundreds of thousands of our citizens, from both parties, who count our votes.

Recently in:

The vibrant life of Ashley Lake Hamilton came to a sudden end on the Sunset Highway between Airway Heights and Fairchild Air Force Base on Thursday, December 10, 2020.Ashley was born on a beautiful Monday afternoon, June 2, 1980,…

By Michael M. Miller michael.miller@ndsu.eduThe late Mary Lynn Axtman, native of Rugby, ND, who dedicated many hours for GRHC, shared this message about ornaments from Joseph S. Height’s section on Christmas in his book,…

Best Bets

Ladies Ag Night

by HPR Staff

Thursday, March 19, 4:30- 8 pm1609 19th Ave N, FargoCass County Soil Conservation District is hosting their annual Ladies’ Ag Night supper event. This event has a goal of bringing together multiple generations of women involved…

By John Strand jas@hpr1.com21 January 2021Like most of you, we are relieved to be past 2020. What a crazy year!…

Gadfly

Bedlam in the White House

by Sabrina Hornung

By Ed Raymond fargogadfly@gmail.comThe Ku Klux Klan Don’t Wear Hoods AnymoreIn a December column I wrote the following: “We are in the middle of dangerous times. We are on a knife’s edge of losing ‘it’.” “‘It’…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

Reviving Rural Grocery Stores in North DakotaBy Annie PrafckeFargo, ND – On October 7th, Gov. Doug Burgum awarded Milnor Market and the Forman grocery store project Main Street Awards, as part of an initiative led by the Office…

When we were growing up we often found ways to rebel against our parents, some more nonsensical than others. Not all of us decided to use those methods as inspiration for the name of a band. Bismarck-based band Spite Nap decided…

By Greg Carlsongregcarlson1@gmail.comTalented hyphenate Emerald Fennell, the season two “Killing Eve” showrunner, unleashes one of the most audacious and provocative films of the year with “Promising Young Woman,” the…

By Jill FinkelsonWe’ve been hearing the word Unrest a lot lately. Unrest in the streets. Unrest in the capital. Unrest in our own homes as we struggle to hunker down in the face of the unseen pandemic. People are restless. They…

Theatre

Digital Dragathon

by HPR Staff

By Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comDrag shows, for me, feel like a celebration of artistry, esthetic, music, and camaraderie. With a dash of confetti thrown in.The local drag community is a close-knit family. Giving back to affiliated…

by Kris Gruberperriex1@gmail.comAdam Quesnell's last show at The Cellar beneath the Front Street Taproom in Fargo was in early September of 2018. He was embarking on a seminal move from Minneapolis to LA. As always, his comedy was…

by Jill Finkelsonjsfinkelson99@gmail.comFar North Spirits, located up in Hallock, MN, is the northernmost distillery in the lower 48. They may be young in the distillery world but the farm and the spirit reach far into the past.…

Wellness

Discover Yoga Differently

by HPR Contributor

by Laurie J Bakeremsdatter@gmail.com Part of modern yoga is participating in the world around us. We live in a time of upheaval in society and nature, and of great suffering in humans of all ages. Most of us perceive this suffering…

By Ashlee Nordquisthpr@hpr1.comI've come to the conclusion that not everyone understands why my brother and I went on ventilators for covid and what that means. As I survived and my brother SO FAR is improving, I can make jokes and…

By Will Blockaredsheep@gmail.comEDITOR'S NOTE: Will Block grew up around a therapist. The year 2020 has been mind-bending beyond belief. We need some humor in all this darkness. HPR reached out to Will and he delivered. Don't…