Hey Democrats, Coal Communities Don’t Want Training Programs, They Want You to Quit Destroying Their Jobs

The Coal Creek Station power plant is seen Wednesday, May 13, near Underwood, N.D. Great River Energy has announced the plant’s closure in 2022. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — I like Sen. Merrill Piepkorn, D-Fargo.

I really do.

Every interaction I’ve had with him has been pleasant.

But his recent letter to the editor, headlined “The future of coal is dim,” was so blithely condescending toward North Dakota’s coal workers and their families it borders on parody.

It reads like the sort of words a right-wing satirist might put in the mouth of a Democrat.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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