Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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Last week, one of the big stories in our region and in nationwide sports circles revolved around whether Minnesota Vikings quarterback and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre would return for another season. The frenzy surrounding reports that he was retiring for a third time in three years was sparked by a few words from an anonymous source - or at least a source unknown to the public. The reporter who broke the story and his editors almost assuredly knew the source's name.
Meet the six new members of The Forum's Readers Board. They join five returning members whose terms expire in December. Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper's community sounding board chooses its own successors. The Forum thanks the members whose terms expired in June: Jeffrey DeLoss, Tim Flakoll, Morgan Forness, J.J.
Every once in a while, a person whose run-ins with the law have been written about in The Forum calls or writes us to ask that we remove their name from our newspaper and online archives. Sometimes, they make compelling arguments: The original complaint against them was eventually dropped or their charges were amended to something less severe. Perhaps they were found not guilty, or someone else later admitted to the crime, clearing them. But we don't go back and remove old stories from our archives under any circumstance.
I answered an unusual call from a local business owner last week. The business had been burglarized a few days earlier. Fargo police on this day had sent all local media more than two minutes of surveillance video of the burglar committing the crime in hopes of identifying him and catching him with help from the public. As with all video like this from police, we put it on inforum.com. And as with all video like this, it was among the day's most popular website features. People either just like to see this kind of stuff, or they want to help.
While most of America waited Wednesday to hear if Gen.
'The purpose of this letter is to plead with you not to print the notice of our bankruptcy." So started a typed note I received a few weeks ago. The letter went on to describe in some detail how this married couple ended up in bankruptcy. He was afflicted with a disease that prevented him from working.
"All politics is local." That's how Tip O'Neill, longtime speaker of the U.S.
Beginning Wednesday, online story comments are moving off our newspaper website, inforum.com , and going to AreaVoices.com , another website also owned by parent company Forum Communications. This is being done for several reasons: First, we are an information provider.
Few of us prepare to grow old. And most of us certainly don't prepare to lose our independence as we age. Not in these parts, where stubborn independence is almost a birthright. But it happens - we grow old and, despite our best intentions, most of us will eventually need help from someone else. It's the circle of life. We are born helpless and dependent and, unless something intervenes or we're incredibly lucky, we become more helpless and dependent before we die. We don't like to talk about these things as families, as friends. Doing so acknowledges our mortality.
Recently, while cleaning closets in our house, my wife and I came upon a bunch of books we used to read to our now-4-year-old daughter before she outgrew them. We transferred them to a bookshelf in the new baby's room. We'll get to read them many times again, but to a new pair of eyes. The exercise got me thinking about the cherished time before bed each night in which we read to our 4-year-old while the baby usually falls asleep or fights sleep in the arms of the parent not reading. Up until that time each night, it's usually chaos. It's the baby's fussy time.