Letter: As a native of Fargo, it's hard to read about the shocking behavior of city officials

Ted Dettmann of Torrance, Calif., wonders what's happened to the leadership of his hometown

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There was never a doubt in my mind that Fargo was a special place. I was born and raised here. People are respectful, kind and sympathetic to others who are less fortunate. It is a tremendous place to live. In the 1990s, when I left, quite reluctantly, to make a life far from there, I knew that no matter how long I was away, Fargo, North Dakota, would always be my home.

Having been away for nearly three decades, I appreciate more and more every day how blessed I was to live in Fargo. But some of the behavior I have observed in current city leadership is troubling and disheartening. The city of Fargo deserves far better than "leaders" who display profane gestures towards colleagues in a public meeting, speak callously and dismissively of people who are less fortunate, or storm out of important committees like petulant children.

I know that Fargo is still that wholesome place where I grew up. And I know that in the future, the great citizens of this amazing city will rise to the occasion and elect leaders who are worthy of their greatness.

Ted Dettmann lives in Torrance, California.

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