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Published July 15 2012

Forum editorial: Officers at accidents get roses

Prairie roses: To local and area law enforcement officers and other first responders who had to deal with difficult situations last week. One was a two-vehicle traffic accident west of Jamestown, N.D., in which four people died. The other was an apparent murder-suicide in Fargo in which a middle-aged couple was found dead in their Fargo home. Yes, we know, it’s the job of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel to deal with such tragedies. But officers are as human as the rest of us and surely are affected by the depth of such tragedies. From day to day, they never know what awaits them on the highways or behind the doors of a house or apartment. As they “serve and protect,” it’s a good idea to understand just how traumatic their work can be.

Leafy spurge: To opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood-control diversion who can’t seem to find anything good in the project. The latest complaint is that the huge diversion might have a meandering channel in the bottom in years when the flood threat is low. The water channel would essentially be a very long wetland that could provide habitat for waterfowl, wading birds and other wildlife. In any other circumstances, people with environmental sensibilities would be cheering the Army Corps of Engineers plan to make the channel a wildlife resource – an element of the mitigation that is required in the project. It’s a good idea, even if anti-diversion folks can’t (won’t?) see it.


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