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Published January 12 2014

Forum editorial: Spurge to school critics

LEAFY SPURGE: To critics of school officials and state leaders who put the safety of children ahead of all else by calling off school during the recent spell of dangerous sub-zero weather. It was a frigid outbreak that saw the lowest morning temperatures recorded in years, just about the time children would have been going to school in North Dakota and Minnesota. Combined with wind, conditions were ready-made to put kids at serious risk. Each state handled school closing differently. Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota ordered all schools to close one day. Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota left the call to local school districts. Both protocols worked for the children. Critics of closing the schools during those frigid days got it wrong.

LEAFY SPURGE: To Dennis Rodman, the peculiar former Chicago Bulls basketball star who again has taken his road show to North Korea to, as he put it, show “we can co-exist with each other if we take a deep breath.” Rodman is either thick-skulled stupid or incredibly naïve. His behavior suggests big measures of both. He was hosted by a scion of one of the most repressive, murderous families in history. The people of North Korea live in a prison, unable to leave and unable to criticize the regime for legitimate fear of imprisonment or death. Rodman as a self-styled ambassador is little more than a pathetic clown who is being used by a savvy dictator.

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