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Published September 30 2012

Forum editorial: Spurge for PETA mermaids

Leafy spurge: To PETA, the self-styled animal rights, don’t eat meat, be nice to cockroaches organization for staging a stunt with topless “mermaids” last week in downtown Fargo to protest the use of fish for food. The idea was to showcase two young women as “healthy vegans,” examples of why people should add fish to their list of verboten animal-based foods. Silly as it was, the attraction was not the cause espoused by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It was topless young women from Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The best response would have been for downtown restaurants to have rolled out the grills and cooked up a few walleye fillets for the crowd, or served up a nice smoked salmon salad.

Prairie roses: To Farm Rescue for once again coming to the aid of an area farmer in need during harvest. The latest good work by the organization was near Wyndmere, N.D., where farmer Dan Dotzenrod had injured his neck in a fall and was told by his doctors to stay off harvest equipment. Farm Rescue marshaled its volunteer forces and helped get a harvest-ready crop of corn out of the fields and into the bins. It was another example of Farm Rescue’s sustained work in the northern Plains over many years. Expect to hear about more farmers in need getting help. It’s great work.

Prairie roses: To West Fargo language arts teacher Andrea Noonan, who last week was honored as North Dakota 2013 Teacher of the Year. The Cheney Middle School teacher received the award from Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead. Teaching only for eight years, Noonan has gone above and beyond the job description by being a leader in her school and in professional teacher associations and organizations. Described as an innovator and accomplished educator, Noonan also represents her school district on the National Council of Teachers of English. Congratulations to Noonan and to the students who are so fortunate to be in her classes.


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