Published July 07 2013
Forum editorial: Ma-and-pa resorts win rosesPrairie roses: To Alvina and Charles Lillibridge of Maple Lake Resort near Vergas, Minn. (Forum story, July 5) and other so-called mom-and-pop Minnesota resort owners who have held on in the face of economic tides that have overwhelmed so many of them. Minnesota’s storied lakes country once was home to hundreds (maybe thousands) of small summer lake resorts of modest cost that catered to families. Some families returned year after year, thus extending the summer experience across generations. Trends in recent years have favored larger operations or private non-resort-type developments, such as condominiums and lakeside housing tracts. Too many of those smaller family-friendly operations have faded into history. So we salute the Lillibridges and others who still offer the Minnesota lake experience that makes family memories.
Leafy spurge: To those misguided Americans – pundits, critics and assorted malcontents – who continue to paint Edward Snowden as some kind of heroic figure. Snowden stole classified documents and other government property, and has been spilling sensitive data, much to the consternation of U.S. authorities, including a bipartisan collection of members of Congress, who know he’s doing great damage to national security. Simply put, he’s a thief. He’s clearly been engaging in espionage, but his actions thus far have not risen to the constitutional definition of treason. He’s no hero. Indeed, his attempts to find asylum somewhere, anywhere, have degenerated into the stuff of material for late-night comedians and editorial cartoonists. Venezuela and Bolivia have offered Snowden asylum, but even nations seen as unfriendly to the U.S. want nothing to do with him. If his cause is as noble as he and his supporters say it is, he should come home and face the music.
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