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Published April 28 2013

Editorial: Wife gave gift of herself

PRAIRIE ROSE: To Bonnie Meyer, of Bismarck, who donated one of her kidneys to her husband Dean, formerly of the Fargo Fire Department. The gift spared Dean, who suffers from a kidney disease, from having to be on dialysis. Testing revealed Bonnie was a match, although his sisters weren’t. Her selfless act has given her husband a much better quality of life. It also serves as a reminder to all of the importance of organ and tissue donation, and that April is Donate Life Month.

LEAFY SPURGE: To Gavin Little, 25, of Devils Lake, N.D., who was sentenced to 20 months in prison for urinating on a federal police officer. The charge stemmed from an incident last year when he was being transported by police to jail. Now he’ll have plenty of time to reflect about his unacceptable behavior. That kind of disrespect for the badge is offensive in the extreme.

PRAIRIE ROSE: To GUESS Again, a program to promote nontraditional careers for women that is sponsored by the North Dakota State College of Science. GUESS stands for Girls Understanding and Exploring Stem Stuff Program. It’s intended to introduce eighth- and ninth-grade girls across North Dakota to careers in so-called STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. Women hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs, and less than 6 percent of jobs in welding, soldering and brazing, according to government statistics. Hands-on experience in welding and soldering during the GUESS Again days might help to spark interest in those kinds of nontraditional careers.

LEAFY SPURGE: To those who lose control and let fly with obscenities in the workplace. The issue came to prominence, as many undoubtedly know, when a television news anchorman in Bismarck lost control and uttered obscenities picked up by his microphone just as he was about to begin his inaugural broadcast. He became a sensation on social media, including Twitter and Facebook, and reportedly has been offered a new job after getting fired over the incident. We wish A.J. Clemente well; let his experience be a cautionary example and a reminder to keep a civil tongue in the workplace.

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