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Forum Editorial Board, Published August 24 2009

Forum editorial: A long life of service wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To federal Circuit Court Judge Myron Bright of Fargo for becoming the 8th Circuit’s longest-working judge with 41 years of judicial service. Bright, who took senior status several years ago, nevertheless remains active on the bench, at judicial conferences and in law schools. His travels have taken him all over the nation and as far away as the Middle East. He is readily available to fill in when needed in Circuit Courts around the nation. An exhibit honoring the judge’s service is on display at the Quentin N. Burdick United States Courthouse in Fargo. It’s open to the public and features pictures and commentary about Bright’s life from his youth on Minnesota’s Iron Range to his distinguished career as a lawyer and judge. Congratulations to the judge.

LEAFY SPURGE: To the sour critics who are seizing on the over-budget cost of the new president’s house at North Dakota State University. The criticism is shortsighted and petty. The house, which was financed entirely by private donations, will be occupied by generations of NDSU presidents. It was built not only as a home for presidents and their families, but also as a welcoming venue for visitors to the university. It was built to last, not on the cheap, which seems to be the way the critics would have had it. In short order the house will become one of the central attractions of the campus. It’s a long-term investment that will pay off many times over. A minor cost overrun, easily explained by circumstances during the building process, is no big deal.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Northern League Director of Operations Harry Stavrenos for being so candid about his failure to suspend Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Doug Simunic for the manager’s fisticuffs with the manager of the Winnipeg team. While some might disagree that Simunic should have been slapped with a game suspension, Stavrenos’ admission that “I blew the call” is refreshing in sports where players, managers, umpires and league officials seldom admit mistakes. For his part, Simunic is one of those baseball stories of which legend is made. His antics, while sometimes over the top, comport with the traditions of baseball. This time, however, he might have done the crime, but he didn’t have to do the time.

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