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Forum editorial: Little free libraries concept win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To people of the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area who have embraced the “Little Free Libraries” concept, as reported in last Wednesday’s Forum by photo journalist Carrie Snyder. The colorful book boxes have sprung up everywhere throughout the metro. They hold books for the taking, and invite readers to leave books. It’s a grand idea for adults, but especially good for children to help them make reading books a lifelong habit. The little libraries also underscore the importance of literacy and literature. It’s a wonderful initiative that seems to have taken on a life of its own. And it’s spreading across neighborhoods every day. Read on!

LEAFY SPURGE: To Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his colleagues for pursuing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for Obama’s alleged misuse of executive power. It’s a stunt, not a substantive legal initiative. Boehner says the lawsuit is about protecting the constitutional role of the legislative branch of government. But he knows full well the lawsuit will take years to move through the legal system (if it’s not tossed out by a federal judge), and Obama will be long out of office before a resolution, if any. The action is all about handing Republican House members a talking point when they are stirring up their bases during this year’s campaigns. Nothing wrong with that, as long as they’re honest about it. Thus far, honesty is in short supply among Boehner and company.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Republican candidates for Minnesota governor. Four are on the primary ballot this month, each hoping to be the candidate who takes on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. The four, businessman Scott Honour, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former House Speaker Kurt Zellers and former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert mixed it up last week at an MPR-sponsored debate. It was a lively, sometimes heated exchange that helped define differences among the hopefuls. All, of course, are on the same page when it comes to criticizing Dayton. But they differ in how they view the role of state government. The differences might seem slight, but in practice they are important in both style and substance. Republican voters will anoint one of the four in the Aug. 12 primary, and the more the candidates debate and define themselves, the better.

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