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Ruthie Bode, Published December 04 2010

Shame on The Forum for fur-promotion story

My daughter-in-law works for FirstLink. She tells me that the need for holiday gifts for needy individuals – children and vulnerable adults in Cass and Clay counties – is upward of 4,000.

The Forum recently featured a picture on the front page of the Lifestyle section of a vain young woman wearing a $9,000 fur coat. Not only was she wearing it with pride, but she suggested every woman in our part of the country should have one – for the climate, don’t you know.

I wonder if any were being distributed to the people living in the homeless shelters of Fargo-Moorhead or under the bridges where luck means having enough newspapers to keep you from freezing.

Let’s see: $9,000 would buy about 900 gifts for the FirstLink Giving Tree for underprivileged area people.

I’ve seen those animal skins on their original owners, and they looked a whole lot better on them than they do on the model. Shame on you, Forum.