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Published September 03 2013

Forum editorial: Spurge to critics of schools

LEAFY SPURGE: To critics of the decision by public school officials in Fargo and elsewhere to cancel school because of last week’s unusual heat and humidity. Using the not-so-original and reliably nonsensical “when I was a boy” logic, bloviators declared today’s kids are just “not tough enough” to deal with the heat. No, that’s not it. Fact is, it’s not about being tough, it’s about being smart. Educators and medical professionals know today what they did not know in the “good ol’ days”: that classroom conditions affect learning. It makes no sense to warehouse children in hot-box classrooms simply because that was the uninformed practice of the past. It’s only anecdotal, mind you, but comments from some critics of the school shutdown suggest their learning indeed was affected by sitting in a sweltering classroom when they were kids. Brains fried?


LEAFY SPURGE: To Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., for fawning over U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who, if he had his way, would gut from gullet to navel every federal program that benefits North Dakotans. That would include flood disaster aid, a stable farm bill (including the sugar program), defense spending, Social Security and Medicare. Don’t believe it? Cantor is the man who tried (and failed) to stop disaster aid from going to Vermont two years ago when that state was hit hard by an East Coast hurricane. The state is still recovering. Cramer hosted the Virginia Republican during an oil tour in western North Dakota that was closed to media, except for a faux news conference at which Cantor took only three questions. Oil was the focus of the tour, but the farm bill got some attention, too. Cantor has been no friend of farm bills, farmers or production agriculture. Cramer certainly has to work with the majority leader, but his apparent coziness with Cantor raises the question: Is he Cantor’s man or North Dakota’s?


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