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Published August 12 2012

Forum editorial: Senator’s remarks get spurge

Leafy spurge: To Minnesota state Sen. Mike Parry, R-Waseca, for his intemperate and inaccurate remarks about Gov. Mark Dayton’s use of medication. Last week, the less-than-thoughtful Parry said the governor took “15 or 16” pills during a breakfast meeting a few months ago. When challenged, the senator backed off a specific number. He also was not specific about what, if anything, the governor took. Dayton has been upfront with Minnesotans about taking medication to control depression and to control stomach acid. He’s also been known to chuck down several peanut M&Ms, his favorite candy, during a meeting. Parry said he was sure the pills were not M&Ms, but then again, he’s not sure of how many “pills” the governor took. And the senator’s motivation is suspect since the meeting he cites happened months ago. Most Minnesotans of every political stripe appreciate Dayton’s honesty regarding his medication. Parry, who seemed to be proud of “taking the gloves off,” came across as an out-of-kilter buffoon. It’s unfortunate that serious conservatives have to deal with the likes of Parry in their midst. It is unlikely most of them would try to embarrass the governor in such a clumsy and callous way.

Prairie roses: To retiring West Fargo City Commissioner Lou Bennett, who will resign from the commission to move closer to family in South Carolina. Bennett has been an asset to the commission and the city. He’s been a level-headed, studious elected official. His service to West Fargo has been distinguished by his reasonable and generally calm assessment of issues. He’s been one to find common ground rather than stake out an untenable position. First elected in 2002, he was easily re-elected in 2006 and 2010 – a clear indication that voters in his city liked his work. We wish him and his family all the best in a new chapter of their lives.

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