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Letter: Recent events should serve as examples of respectful political discourse

Last week there were three examples of "North Dakota nice" within political contexts that I hope foretell the kind of political discourse in North Dakota's future.

On Friday evening, Lois Delmore, a Democrat, was honored for her years of service in the North Dakota Legislature. Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem gave a wonderful, heartfelt tribute to his longtime friend and state government colleague across the political divide.

The evening before at the North Dakota State Historical Society's annual dinner at which former Democratic Gov. George Sinner was honored, another former governor, Republican Allen Olson, stated in his remarks that "only in North Dakota would a politician come to an event to honor the man that beat him in an election."

At the same event, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum recognized the family of former Democratic Gov. William Guy by saying how much he and his mother, then the North Dakota National Republican Committeewoman, appreciated Guy's attendance at Burgum's father's funeral many years ago.

Let's all hope that these examples of respect, recognition of the value of difference of political positions, and genuine caring for all "others" pervade the upcoming election cycles and the ongoing work of government at the local, state and national levels.

Guy, of Fargo, is the daughter-in-law of former Gov. William Guy.