Being nice doesn't get news coverage. Being nasty, however, boosts newspaper readership. Jack Zaleski's mean-spirited left-leaning diatribe in the Feb. 25th Forum predicted a dirty U.S. Senate race.

Was it just me, or did he seem overly zealous about the prospect? After all, it means great things for his former employer. More ads, more revenue! And how silly it is to dredge up elections from the 1990s. Really? That was then, this is now. Our nation has changed and our state has evolved.

Rep. Kevin Cramer struggled with the decision to run for the U.S. Senate or maintain his House seat. Why? Because he was concerned how the campaign would impact his family. This, my friends, is what family values looks like.

He told us that urging from the President Trump had an impact, but he said the determining factor was the call from North Dakotans. Cramer will be a great senator because he's in the race for all the right reasons. Not to serve himself, but serve North Dakota and our nation.

He knows one vote matters so he joined the race knowing that it would be uncomfortable. One vote prevented the U.S. Senate from repealing harmful regulations threatening our state's energy development and one vote prevented the repeal of Obamacare. Cramer knows he has the best chance of claiming the seat and, in doing so, he will best serve his state and the nation.

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Angry, mean-spirited newspaper-selling editorials from an obvious far-left liberal doesn't do anything to advance a thoughtful discussion of policy issues or differences between candidates. It does, however, sell newspapers. Zaleski wants the candidates to take the high road, he should try it himself.

Heitkamp lives in Fargo.