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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Pledges show commitment

Concern about operating costs for the Bemidji Regional Event Center are reasonable. But the BREC is expected to generate enough in jobs, additional business and revenue to offset those worries. To give an extra cushion and stability to the project, businesses and individuals, many from outside the city of Bemidji, have pledged funds to help cover initial operations and maintenance deficits, should those occur. More than 100 people have committed to participate, raising pledges of more than $60,000 over the next five years. That kind of backing shows optimism and dedication to the growth of the Bemidji area.

Cheer: A collaboration

Bemidji State University and the Bemidji Community Theater joined forces this spring to give young and old a musical theater treat, "Cinderella" as interpreted by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Full houses applauded the singers, actors and dancers as they played out the familiar story of the downtrodden stepdaughter and Prince Charming. May more such cooperative arrangements grace the stages.

Jeer: Forego burning

A grass fire that jumped U.S. Highway 2 was probably the result of a casually tossed cigarette butt. But many dangerous and damaging fires are the result of people burning weedy lots, fields and ditches. Even though the soil seems saturated, snowdrifts persist and the frost is still in the ground in many places, the dry tinder can catch and spread to buildings and forests. Burning restrictions went into effect Monday. Let's all respect them.

Cheer: Tradition honored

The 40th annual outreach of Bemidji State University international students to showcase their cultures, music, arts, traditional fashions and food to the greater community drew enthusiastic participation Saturday. "Passport to the World" indeed gave Bemidjians a happy introduction to many nations they will probably only visit in their imaginations.