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Published December 22 2013

Editorial: Helping hands win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the countless individuals and organizations that help make the Christmas season a little brighter for those in need and for others who might be alone for the holidays. Among the reliable helpers are area churches, many of which put on free (goodwill offering) feeds for people in need of food, companionship or both. Also, the groups that start early assembling of gift packages, food boxes and other items for the season deserve special thanks. They do it every year without fanfare and without expectation of praise. But praise they deserve – every year.

LEAFY SPURGE: To Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, for putting a shallow spin on DFL violations of state campaign finance laws. The state Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board fined the Senate DFL campaign $100,000 for violating the law. Bakk responded that the campaign won’t fight the ruling and fine, but added, “we respectfully disagree with the board’s position …” Respectful or not, Bakk would have better responded by saying his folks messed up and will take the medicine. It’s always a wonder how campaign groups (Republicans are just as guilty) can characterize their less-than-honorable behavior as a disagreement.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the Moorhead School Board and Carol Ladwig. She has accepted appointment to the board to fill out the term of a member who resigned. Ladwig is no stranger to public education in Moorhead, having served on the board for many years before deciding not to seek re-election. During that time, she was recognized by the Minnesota School Boards Association with that group’s highest honor for local board members. She’s a good choice to help the board keep Moorhead schools growing and progressing.

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