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Published October 14 2012

Forum editorial: Genuine heroes get roses

Prairie roses: To Cameron Janousek, Tom Pink and others who sprang into action last week to remove a woman from a burning vehicle after a crash on Highway 75 in Moorhead. Their quick response and the work of Clay County sheriff’s deputies are credited with saving the life of the woman who was trapped in the car. The genuine heroes reacted without regard to their own safety, authorities said, and really made a difference. It was an extremely dangerous situation that could have ended far worse than it did. The men who went to the rescue are worthy of high praise.

Prairie roses: To Cass County Auditor Michael Mountplaisir, who last week received the County Officer Award from the North Dakota Association of Counties. The award recognizes excellence of service to the county for leadership, dedication and involvement. Mountplaisir has been in county government for more than 20 years, and in that time has distinguished himself as one of the best auditors in the state. His work on modern election procedures has made him a leader in that aspect of his work. He has earned the honor.

Leafy spurge: To President Barack Obama and his campaign for obsessing over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s remark in their debate that Romney would defund public broadcasting and “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird. While eliminating funding for public broadcasting would have virtually no effect on the federal budget, it has become a Republican symbol of wasteful government spending. And despite perennial threats, funding has not been cut. Nonetheless, the president’s team grabbed on to Romney’s remark and ran with it for days, while serious issues were shunted aside. It the president wants Americans to take him seriously, he’ll quit defending Big Bird and sharpen up his debating skills in advance of his next debate with Romney. Here’s hoping they mix it up about important matters.

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