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Published August 04 2013

Forum editorial: A bushel of spurge for House

LEAFY SPURGE: To the U.S. House of Representatives, specifically the Republican majority, for chalking up one of the worst work records in the history of Congress. Production of meaningful legislation was slim. Obstructionist pandering was the order of the day. When quizzed about the House’s record, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, crowed how proud he was that his caucus did not pass a lot of bills. Instead, he said, the House should be repealing laws. And how many laws did Boehner’s House repeal? Exactly none. So even by the speaker’s peculiar standard, the session was a failure. And to further enshrine their foolishness, House Republicans voted to “repeal” Obamacare some 40 times, knowing that their tilt at that windmill would go nowhere. And these people are grownups?

PRAIRIE ROSES: To those F-M metro businesses that go the extra mile to keep the exteriors of their establishments clean and neat. Many business owners or operators take the time each day to sweep sidewalks, pick up trash, remove summer weeds and otherwise spruce up their front doors. Just a little time each day keeps individual businesses looking good, thus enhancing the look of an entire business district. Of course, not all property owners make the effort, and their neglect shows. Indeed, when so many do such a good job, the few who do not really look bad. For those few, a Leafy Spurge.

PRAIRIE ROSE: To the North Dakota Industrial Commission for fining an oil and gas operator the maximum amount for putting a county’s drinking water at risk. Halek Operating ND LLC was slapped with a $1.5 million fine for injecting saltwater into a Stark County disposal well after being told to stop because the well was not up to standards. The civil penalty is the largest the commission has ever levied. It was the right thing to do – not only to fine the company but to send a strong message that the state will not tolerate polluting the environment. Most oilfield companies are responsible, but clearly some are not. The big fine should get their attention.

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