Your Sunday editorial regarding whether there is need for two similar commissions - Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation - and whether they could/should consider merging will certainly cause some introspection by the two groups.

Probably the question that needs to be asked is “why are there two similars?” The answer might be embedded in their histories. When and why was each formed? It wouldn’t surprise me that the second was formed because folks at that point in time felt their needs weren’t being met by the first.

Maybe that reason is now outdated? In which case, blending is warranted. Maybe they do indeed serve two distinct memberships/missions, in which case, both may be warranted.

I’ve told the following parable many times because it helps explain numerous life events. Three generations gathered on Easter Sunday for traditional ham dinner, and the newly married young woman of the third generation was in charge for the first time.

As she placed the ham into the roasting pan, mom said, “You hafta cut the end off before you put it in the pan.” The daughter got puzzled look and asked “Why,” to which mom said, “That’s the way we’ve always done it. Let’s go ask grandma.”



Grandma was contentedly chatting in the living room when mom and daughter walked up and asked the “Why” question.



“Because the pan was too short,” was grandma’s quick response.



Does FM have a short pan situation?