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Published May 06 2012

Forum editorial: Fargo police win roses

Prairie roses: To the Fargo Police Department, specifically the officers assigned to policing last week’s demonstrations by the anti-abortion group Missionaries to the Preborn. The Milwaukee-based organization was in Fargo for two days last week to stage demonstrations at busy intersections, using graphic poster-sized pictures of what they said were aborted fetuses. The group uses children to pass out pamphlets and shout out its anti-abortion message. Police had their hands full with traffic control, blocked walkways and the possibility of confrontations with people who did not share the protesters’ views. Police officers handled the situation with appropriate restraint and impressive skill.

Leafy spurge: To proponents of North Dakota Measure 2, the property tax repeal, who either refuse to accept or don’t understand the ramifications should the deeply flawed measure pass. The latest chapter in a litany of unintended consequences was revealed last week when two power companies renewed their protests over paying the state’s coal conversion tax, a tax they say is a type of property tax. Since the measure’s effect would be retroactive to Jan. 1, the companies contend they will not owe the tax. This is the kind of revenue disruption and bureaucratic nightmare North Dakotans will be in for if the measure is approved. When asked about such fallout, measure supporters fall back on their one-horse response: The Legislature will take care of it. Not good enough.

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