I viewed your April 29 article “Jobs: The Road Ahead,” and found it to be an unfair explanation of the Williston (N.D.) area.
The area was my home much of the past 69 years; to depict it as the dirt hole of the Earth is not accurate. My ancestors lived in the community for 100 years, and many changes have occurred over those years, good and bad. The area needs services to accommodate the influx of workers in an organized manner. I do not think any cities in this area could handle the circumstances any better or as well.
These people are your hosts and the oil patch is an interruption in their normal lives. They hope their children are going to remain in the area and desire opportunities in a professional growth environment and not be drawn into it. What a great opportunity for Spokane to forge a business alliance with the area.
Growing up, in Sidney, Mont., I found many activities to fill my time and attention. These people are tough-minded, independent individuals who could teach many communities the value of hard work and perseverance. Few residents of these communities have oil wells to reap monetary gains.