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Published September 09 2012

Forum editorial: Critics of Dems get spurge

Leafy Spurge: To the partisans who are trying to make something out of the fact that prominent North Dakota Democratic candidates for office did not attend last week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The critics’ theme is the state candidates don’t want to be seen cozying up to President Barack Obama because the president is not popular in North Dakota. The candidates respond that they had campaign obligations in the state that took priority over the national gathering. Fair enough. After all, Republicans don’t really have a good spin on why the past two Republican presidents were not at their convention in Tampa, or that the names of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush were hardly mentioned. Let’s repeat: two Republican presidents all but shut out of the Republican convention. And let’s not gloss over the uncomfortable fact that former Republican superstar Sarah Palin did not attend the big show.

Prairie Roses: To everyone involved in the long and sometimes difficult process of planning and building the new Lake Park-Audubon, Minn., high school, just off U.S. Highway 10. It’s a spectacular, state-of-the-art education facility. Not only will students have access to all the modern tools of education, they also will work and play in one of the most user-friendly, energy-efficient school buildings in Minnesota. The road to the new school has been filled with potholes and bumps, but a dedicated core of educators, parents and others never quit the effort to build the new school and say goodbye to the old, inadequate building. The hard work certainly was worth it.

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