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Forum editorial: West Fargo schools win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To West Fargo School Board members and district administrators who have decided to move forward with a referendum to seek approval for building two new schools. West Fargo has experienced explosive school population growth in the p...

PRAIRIE ROSES: To West Fargo School Board members and district administrators who have decided to move forward with a referendum to seek approval for building two new schools. West Fargo has experienced explosive school population growth in the past decade, and there appears to be no change in the trend. Thus far, the district has kept up with growth, although it seems every time a new school opens, it’s nearly filled to capacity before expected. That’s happening now, and school officials are trying to get ahead of the growth with the new schools proposal. It will be up to voters to give a nod of approval or thumbs down. But whatever the outcome, West Fargo will continue to grow and the schools will have to deal with more and more students.

LEAFY SPURGE: To North Dakota lawmakers who voted against raising the state tobacco tax for reasons that seem to have been fashioned by dullards living in caves. The argument that taxes should not be used for “social engineering” is absurd. Taxes are used that way all the time – from incentives to improve communities to disincentives to discourage activity seen as detrimental to the greater society. Another anti-tax justification that is offensive and destructive is that higher taxes “will hurt our veterans (who smoke).” The logical progression of that ridiculous proposition is that it somehow is a good thing for veterans to smoke – a habit that will sicken them and/or put them in an early grave. If that’s the way legislators want to help veterans, veterans should be very worried, indeed.

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

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