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Pioneer Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

Cheer: Veterans honored at Bemidji parade

David Quam had a good idea and carried it out for the Jaycees Water Carnival Grand Parade July 3. He arranged a special viewing area for World War II veterans on the shady Historic Beltrami County Courthouse lawn. What's more, the parade stopped for a few minutes as the marchers saluted the veterans, honoring them for their service. To give these men our thanks before they age out is an important gesture, and meaningful to us all.

Cheer: Debs celebrates

The 32nd annual Debs Fourth of July Parade went around town twice, as always, on Independence Day. The tradition that started with a few local members of a cooperative has grown to attract people from a wide radius. Let's hope this tiny town (population 3) can keep the fun going indefinitely.

Jeer: Mow the grass

Bemidji city officials are getting ready to crack down on residents who leave their lawns unmowed. With Bemidji striving to join the ranks of the America in Bloom elite cities, keeping the yards tidy is important. People who neglect this chore or leave nuisance and hazardous item lying around will rightly be issued citations or have the city mowing services added to their property tax bill.

Cheer: International Day

Concordia Language Villages July International Days theme was "Become the Change," as in the change campers would hope for in the world. The celebration also featured the rededication of the Peace Light, a reminder that peace is precious and, unfortunately, rare.