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Published February 26 2012

Forum editorial: A bouquet for Clay attorney

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Clay County Attorney Brian Melton, who has been able to balance his duties to the county with his Minnesota National Guard service overseas. While on base in Germany, Melton was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor after a brain scan. He’d been sedated because of seizures, but his vital signs were good. Doctors were monitoring Melton, and it was unclear whether he would remain in Germany or be transferred back to the United States for further treatment. Meanwhile, the county attorney’s commitment to serving his country distinguishes him among public officials. He’s also been able to administer an efficient and busy county attorney’s office. We wish him a quick recovery and a subsequent return to work.

LEAFY SPURGE: To Moorhead Councilman Mark Altenburg for promoting the parochial myth that one or the other town in the metro area is “better” than its neighbors. Last week the councilman appeared to protest too much about how much better Moorhead was than Fargo. But apparently not satisfied with resurrecting the tired – and damaging – anti-Fargo silliness, Altenburg said, “We’re the best town in the metro,” apparently dismissing as inferior not only Fargo but also Dilworth and West Fargo. Oakport and Harwood, too. Maybe his look-down-your-nose attitude extends as far east as Glyndon and Hawley. Fact is, it’s not a matter of better or best. Every city in the metro is different, and all of them are pretty good places. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your city, but when that pride is based on the squishy ground of insulting the neighbors, well – you figure it out.

LEAFY SPURGE: To the snooty cluck-cluckers who criticize from on high the early rounds of political commercials now appearing on Fargo-Moorhead television stations. Apparently looking for some sinister motivation by a candidate, or some unspoken weakness in the candidate, the critics don’t seem to understand what’s going on. In the case of Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., who is seeking his party’s endorsement for the U.S. Senate, he likely will be going toe-to-toe with former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp. It makes sense for him to get into the voters’ minds often and early. His campaign funding report shows he has the money to spend, so he’s made the calculation to spend some now in anticipation of a very spirited contest later against a very strong candidate. Smart move.

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