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Published April 14 2013

Politics of AirSho gets weed

LEAFY SPURGE: To those Fargo AirSho fans who are trying to politicize the situation in which the show finds itself because of defense cuts caused by the federal sequester. Blaming the Obama administration for the grounding of the Navy’s Blue Angels, the show’s premier attraction, might be a feel-good exercise for the politically myopic, but it’s dishonest. Sequestration was an equal opportunity scheme that was embraced by Republicans in part because they believed it would never happen. It did, and the consequences are unfolding just as predicted. Grounding the acrobatic air teams is disappointing, but an air show is not essential to national defense. Trying to make political hay out of the situation is a disservice to the AirSho, the Blue Angels and the many area aviators, past and present, who worked so hard to make the show a success.

PRAIRIE ROSE: To Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., for standing up for marriage equality with her announcement last week. She joins most of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate and a few courageous Republicans in saying it’s time for the nation to extend full human and civil rights to same-sex couples. It’s certain many North Dakotans disagree with her because they hold strong personal and religious convictions about the subject. But Heitkamp is being true to her core beliefs about discrimination and civil rights. Also, she does not stand for re-election until 2016, and by then the majority of the nation, and possibly even North Dakota, will have recognized marriage equality. The trends are unmistakable.

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