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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial - Cheers and Cheers

  • Cheers to all those involved in the Fargo-Moorhead flood efforts. Jeers to people not washing their hands after handling their business.
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  • Cheers...to going above and
    beyond in the flood fight
    Cheers to the personnel in Fargo and Grand
    Forks for going over and above in protecting
    their cities during this year's flood fight.
    When the Red River started rising, Fargo
    began to build up clay dikes over 40 feet, based
    on the National Weather Service's early predictions,
    and last week East Grand Forks crews
    started putting up the "invisible flood wall"
    because the Red was still projected to reach 46
    feet.
    Thankfully, the river rose to a point that
    posed little threat in both areas. This has
    brought up a few questions, such as: Was it
    really necessary to spend the money to build a
    dike at such a height that was obviously not
    needed now? Why waste the time to put up the
    flood wall? Why did the NWS predictions end
    up so differently? The answer to the last one is
    fairly simple: there has rarely if ever been such
    a late thaw before.
    So, the NWS did the best they could to predict
    the flood levels and adjusted as everything
    progressed (most years, flood crests are adjusted
    anyway).
    Do you think it's safe to wait on setting up
    protection while the river rises? Absolutely not.
    You prepare for worst, and hope for the best.
    Fargo and the Grand Cities did what they
    thought was best, no doubt about that.
    Jeers...to unsanitary individuals
    who insist on spreading germs
    Jeers to people who don't wash their hands
    after using the restroom. Seriously? Hand
    washing is not a new concept. Without any
    research into the topic, one can be fairly certain
    that, at one point in life, proper hand washing
    techniques were introduced to you, no matter
    where in North America you hail from.
    Additionally, it is with utter confidence one
    can say that whomever shared hand cleansing
    techniques with you did not instruct by saying,
    "Oh, and by the way, never wash your grubby
    mitts after using the bathroom. That would be
    pure foolishness."
    This hygiene offense is barely tolerable when
    children "forget" to wash their paws, but when
    adults leave a restroom without so much as a
    glance toward soap and water, it becomes
    unforgivable.
    Please keep your germs to yourself by spending
    Page 2 of 2 - some time at the sink, using plenty of soap
    and warm water, before touching anything
    else.
    The rest of us and your body thank you for
    your thoughtfulness.

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