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Forum Editorial Board, Published August 31 2009

F-M AirSho organizers win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the hard-working organizers of the Fargo-Moorhead AirSho. The show had a successful two days Aug. 22 and 23, setting what is believed to be attendance records for both days. Weather was perfect, and the aerial attractions were the best. The show, which is held every two years, continues to live up to its billing. From a modest start, the Fargo event has become one of the best air shows in the nation. The organizers, mostly volunteers, behind the show have done a marvelous job through the years to make the event one of summer’s must-see attractions in Fargo-Moorhead.


LEAFY SPURGE: To Xcel Energy Inc., the regional energy giant that seems to have gotten so big the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing. The company’s natural gas billing problems in North Dakota have gotten the full attention of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, and the usually business-friendly commissioners are in a less-than-friendly mood regarding the company. Billing errors and other snafus seem to be limited to the company’s North Dakota customers, which led one commissioner to suggest that the company is so big its billing problems in the state are not getting appropriate attention. The company disagrees, but the billing situation speaks for itself. Unacceptable.


LEAFY SPURGE: To overly eager candidates for public office in North Dakota and Minnesota. Several in both states have announced they will seek this office or that office. Some even are trying to make appointments with newspaper editorial boards. Oh, by the way, these are people seeking to be on the November 2010 ballot. That’s 14 months from now. While we admire and appreciate any citizen who seeks public office, long campaigns are one of the irritants Americans have with politics. It’s too early, folks. Don’t call us, we’ll call you.


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