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Published September 19 2011

Forum editorial: Enderlin memorial wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the people of Enderlin, N.D., who put in more than two years of hard work to fund and build a monument to the men and women of their town who served in the armed services. The monument, believed to be one of the largest of its kind in North Dakota, was dedicated Saturday. It enshrines the names of some 1,500 past and present residents of the Enderlin area who served in uniform, including a Civil War veteran’s name. The black granite memorial began as an idea about two years ago, when Enderlin residents noticed the town of Milnor has such a stone. From then on, it was about planning and fund-raising. Final cost was about $45,000, with most of the money coming from local contributions. Congratulations to all those who made it happen.

LEAFY SPURGE: To the anti-government, anti-federal spending cranks who seem to lose their shrill voices when it comes to paying for North Dakota flood recovery work. Last week, the state National Guard commander reported to a legislative committee that it will cost more than $500 million in public money to repair damaged roads and public works. The cost from Souris River damage alone will be about

$200 million, said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk. However, most of the total will be picked up by, guess who? The federal government. North Dakota’s share looks to be less than $38 million. And by the way, that $500 million to fix public infrastructure does not include dollars from FEMA to help homeowners and businesses recover.

LEAFY SPURGE: To Dr. Mehmet Oz, the newspaper and TV medical expert, who got appropriately burned by the federal Food and Drug Administration for sounding a false alarm about the alleged dangers of apple juice. He made claims about arsenic in juice, without making it clear that the natural form of arsenic is not a danger, and that inorganic arsenic was not found in apple juice and apple juice mixes. His claim was called “extremely irresponsible” by a former medical school classmate, Richard Besser, who is former acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oz TV show did not break down arsenic types, and therefore the results were misleading, said the FDA. By the way, the Dr. Oz newspaper column begins in The Forum on Oct. 3. Read it critically.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.