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Published January 20 2013

Forum editorial: Health workers win roses

Prairie roses: To the legions of health care workers in Fargo-Moorhead and the region who are dealing with one of the earliest and most severe influenza outbreaks in years. The season started early and ramped up quickly to a level that is straining, but not breaking, health care systems in the region. Physicians, nurses and other health care professionals are working long hours to accommodate the spike in cases, and the influx into emergency rooms of people who have flu or flu-like illnesses. And, of course, some of those workers themselves have been infected, which in turn puts even greater strain on personnel in hospitals and clinics. It appears the flu season has not yet peaked, so patients will be streaming into hospitals and clinics for weeks. The work of health care professionals is much appreciated.

Leafy spurge: To snowmobile owners in Fargo who seem to think the law that has been on the city’s books for a long time does not apply to them or their children. During the recent snowfalls, police received complaints about illegal in-town operations of the machines, which are violations unless operation is on property the driver owns or leases. Furthermore, it is illegal for anyone younger than 16 to operate a snowmobile in the city, but that portion of the ordinance seems to be violated all the time. What sort of a message does it send for parents to allow, or even encourage, their kiddies to violate the law?

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