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Published December 09 2012

Forum editorial: ‘Loophole’ nonsense get spurge

Leafy spurge: To business owners and others who are trying their hardest to circumvent North Dakota’s indoor smoking ban that went into effect last week. Apparently intent on manipulating the law, a few people are identifying “loopholes,” which, they say, permit indoor smoking in specific classifications of indoor spaces. Anti-smoking advocates see the exceptions differently and are in a wait-and-see mode regarding complaints and enforcement. Let’s hope complaints come soon, and that those charged with enforcement take the provisions of the law seriously. That means assessing fines and, if necessary, imposing further penalties that come with purposeful violations. North Dakota voters, including Fargo voters, overwhelmingly voted for the ban. They knew what they were voting for and made the decision that public health was their priority. Business owners and others who seem intent on skirting the law are not doing themselves any good.

Prairie roses: To members of the union representing locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers, and supporters of the union who demonstrated last week at the company’s shareholders’ meeting. One need not agree with the union cause in order to appreciate the passion and civility of the protesters’ actions. They were prevented from presenting the company with petitions to end the lockout but reacted calmly and sensibly. That’s also been the demonstrated behavior of union members who gathered at various food retailers to urge a boycott of Crystal products. Again, the cause might very well be a tilt at windmills, but with very few exceptions the tilters have conducted themselves honorably.

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