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Valarie Gengel letter: Critic of state has his own problems

It was with great sadness that I read Roger Campbell's letter of April 10 describing our beautiful state as "a dead brown, cold, bottom of a drain for two states" and "Just some lumpy land 300 miles to the west. People working year 'round so they...

It was with great sadness that I read Roger Campbell's letter of April 10 describing our beautiful state as "a dead brown, cold, bottom of a drain for two states" and "Just some lumpy land 300 miles to the west. People working year 'round so they can afford the lakes in the summer and do the same yard work they would be doing if they stayed home." I would like to answer this, if I may.

Obviously, he has some personal issues that prevent him from noticing the winter wonderland and Christmas lights all around in the cold season. The crisp, clear, clean winter air. A silent snowfall on a winter's night. And hey, no bugs for most of the year.

Or how about the spring and summer wildflowers? Fields as far as the eye can see of sunflower crops. The green, lush and temperate summer weather perfect for biking, swimming, running, riding horses or just hanging out on the deck with the neighbors. Going to the lakes really is fun, too! Even a coming storm has a magic all its own up here.

Gorgeous fall foliage with the soft smell of bonfires wafting through the air. The northern cultural phenomenon of fall cleanup and preparation for winter. Raking, burning leaves and putting up fall decorations. Ahhhh ... how sweet it is!

I cannot fathom what could make someone so sour as to not be able to appreciate the beauty we have here in North Dakota. I hope this gentleman is able to move to Oahu (the place that he finds pleasing) or finds a doctor to prescribe him a strong antidepressant. To not see the beauty right in front of you in a place like this is just a sad waste.

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Valarie Gengel

Fargo

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