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Published October 21 2012

Forum editorial: Thompson residents win roses

Prairie roses: To the people of Thompson, N.D., for rallying last Friday to show support to keep their U.S. post office open. Like so many small towns, Thompson could be facing the prospects of either losing the post office or having its service hours cut severely. The rally in the Grand Forks County town of about 1,000 people is one way of getting the message to the USPS that a post office is important to a small town, not only for mail services but also as a vital element of community. The mismanaged USPS is trying to make the case that closing rural post offices will help right the financial ship, but the savings if rural offices are closed are relatively small. The problems the USPS confronts are far larger, and as yet, neither the postal agency nor Congress has addressed them. Let’s hope they are listening to post office patrons from Thompson and other small towns.

Leafy spurge: To the Concordia College student who surreptitiously recorded remarks by Minnesota 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson by misrepresenting herself and lying about what she was doing. The student, who in published reports identified herself as a Republican, did a “gotcha” on Peterson by getting him to say a Minnesota anti-abortion group that pulled support from him was “extremist.” Peterson, who has a strong pro-life record, lost the endorsement because he did not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, although he did vote against the act when it first came up in the House. The student, who represented to Peterson that she merely wanted his picture, needs a lesson in ethical conduct, which is something Concordia values. What she did is the kind of stunt that could very well follow her to job interviews when she completes her education. And as for Peterson’s remarks: He was right.

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