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Published November 18 2012

Forum editorial: Lanning earns our thanks

Prairie roses: To Morrie Lanning, recently honored for his 10 years of service as a representative for a district including Moorhead in the Minnesota House, his 22 years as mayor of Moorhead, and six years on the Moorhead City Council – more than 38 years of public service! Lanning, who helped secure flood-control funding and played a leading role in putting together a deal for a new Vikings stadium, left an indelible mark on Moorhead and Minnesota. He was, as Mayor Mark Voxland said, the “go-to guy” for a long, long time. We wish him well in retirement.

Leafy spurge: To the hotheads in North Dakota and 21 other states who signed petitions seeking to secede from the United States as a futile gesture of disapproval of the outcome of President Barack Obama’s re-election. It’s a hair-brained stunt that shows how silly politics have become. The election is over, and one of the strongest messages from voters is that they want their politicians to work together to solve the nation’s problems. The pointless petitions were signed by 4,300 North Dakotans – a throwaway gesture made by people who succumbed to a foolish impulse. Many were too embarrassed to sign their names. Enough said.

Prairie roses: To Christopher Myers, an assistant U.S. attorney in Fargo who is the top federal prosecutor handling drug cases. Myers was recognized last week when he received the Outstanding Prosecutor Award from the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The program was created more than 20 years ago to bring together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement to combat the illegal drugs that are so corrosive to communities. Myers, in partnership with law enforcement officers, has an excellent record in helping to keep drugs off the streets. The recognition is well-deserved.

Prairie roses: To Dr. Read Sulik of Fargo and Noreen Thomas of Moorhead, two of 10 who recently received fellowships from the Bush Foundation to pursue worthy initiatives. Sulik received a $75,000 fellowship for a project involving Sanford Health, where he is senior vice president of behavioral services, to integrate primary care and mental health care with American Indian patients. Thomas, who operates an organic farm with her husband north of Moorhead, received $75,000 to establish a licensed kitchen in a rural Red River Valley location for canning and preserving local farmers’ produce. Both are good ideas and worthy efforts that will make a difference. Our congratulations to both.

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