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Forum editorial: Dome spat is worth the roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo Mayor Bruce Furness and City Commissioner John Cosgriff, who might not feel like giving roses to each other these days. The two are in a squabble about the process of appointing members to the Fargodome Authority. The mayo...

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo Mayor Bruce Furness and City Commissioner John Cosgriff, who might not feel like giving roses to each other these days. The two are in a squabble about the process of appointing members to the Fargodome Authority. The mayor leans toward the traditional way appointments have been made in the past; the commissioner insists the letter of the law has not been followed. The spat is not about the quality of the two proposed appointees, but rather on the way the appointments are supposed to be made. It's a useful debate that will clarify the process. In that regard, the mayor and the commissioner are doing the citizens of the city a service.

LEAFY SPURGE: To Polk County (Minn.) Sheriff Mark LeTexier for placing deputy Jamie Goss on administrative leave (with pay) because the deputy provided relatives of the victims of the tragic shootings at Red Lake with an

e-mail description of the event. Goss likely felt he was doing the right thing. And indeed, the way information has been dribbled out by federal, tribal and other authorities has done little more than feed the rumor mills. Instead of clear reports about the progress of the investigation or details of the shooting, stories and impressions from all sorts of sources result in an incomplete and often skewed picture.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To state Sen. Joel Heitkamp, D-Hankinson, N.D., who sponsored a Senate resolution asking Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to reinstate Roger Maris' 1961 home run mark of 61 as the rightful record. Heitkamp's resolution, which passed without dissent, was responding to the steroid scandal in baseball. Mark McGwire is said to have been using steroids when he broke Maris' record in 1998. Sammy Sosa, who said he's never used steroids, also broke the record that year. Barry Bonds, also suspected of using steroids (he's denied it) holds the record now with 73 home runs.

But this much we do know: Maris broke Babe Ruth's record without using performance enhancing drugs. No matter what Selig does about the slugging record, fans of the game will always know that Maris did it cleanly and the so-called record-breakers that came after him did not.

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LEAFY SPURGE: To the really dumb people who were responsible for do-not-admit lists that apparently were designed to keep "undesirable" people out of Social Security cheerleading sessions conducted by President Bush in Fargo and Denver. Not only did the lists put the lie to the description of the events as "public" meetings, they also suggested that some Republican operatives are not really interested in vigorous debate about Social Security. Meanwhile, since the president has been traveling the country selling his private accounts scheme, its popularity has plunged. Maybe the do-not-admit lists have something to do with Americans' attitudes about the attempt to reform Social Security.

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

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