Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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A couple recent letters to the editor took us to task for not covering the April 6 Run 4 Change, a Deutscher Family Memorial in Fargo. The event was a morning series of walks and runs meant to raise awareness of drinking and driving's negative impact on people in the region.
High school might just be harder today. Not necessarily on the academics side. That's still up for debate. But on the social side, no doubt. Sure, kids have always been bullied and teased, beat up and rumored to have done this and that. That's part of growing up, hardening our innocent selves in preparation for the hard truths of the world in which we live. But social media has really upped the ante. No longer is teasing and rumor-mongering confined to word of mouth or bathroom stalls.
Dear Hamid Shirvani: Take the money and run. If your bosses offer you a nearly $1 million payout of taxpayer dollars to buy out your contract, don't stop to ask questions. I say all this regardless of whether you contributed to the higher education crises North Dakota faces today. Those problems were here before you came, and they will likely be here long after you leave.
Moorhead officials recently discussed whether the city should continue spending tens of thousands of dollars to market Moorhead to potential new residents or spend that money improving services for its current residents. Also discussed was whether the city should hire a media relations person to help it respond to what some officials see as negative media reports. "Unfortunately, we've got media in town, especially print media, that seems to take satisfaction in pointing out negative aspects of Moorhead," said Jeff Frider of Moorhead's Economic Development Authority.
Eleven years ago next month, while working as a Forum reporter, I wrote a story that divided the community like no other story I'd reported before. A Fargo family of four, headed by two lesbians, sought and were denied a family membership at the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. Three days after the story was reported, dozens of activists seeking to change that policy picketed the downtown Y. Public forums were held for members and citizens to share their opinions. Letters to the editor on both sides of the debate filled the pages of this newspaper.
Meet the eight new members of The Forum's Readers Board, a group of area people who advise and provide feedback to us. These eight join four returning members whose terms expire in June. Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year.
Today, The Forum debuts its new Sunday Variety section. It's something our readers have said they've wanted for a while. Many told us they missed our comprehensive weekly calendar of events, a feature we mistakenly got rid of about a year and a half ago. We brought back that feature in the Sunday Variety section, and we improved on it. Now, the Sunday to Sunday calendar is organized by day of the week, which should help busy people sort out options to experience when they are free. Sunday Variety's cover story each week will focus on home and living. Aside from work, most of us spend mos
I hid The Forum from my first-grader on Saturday. Coming from the editor, that may seem strange.
Measure 3, the North Dakota "right to farm" constitutional amendment measure, had 66 percent of the vote as of press deadline Tuesday, with 71 percent of precincts reporting. The measure was spearheaded over an entire year by the North Dakota Farm Bureau. If passed, nothing statutorily would change. "It would have to be a legal challenge" over some agricultural practice, said Jeff Missling, Farm Bureau executive vice president.
Thanks a lot, Tom Hanks.