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Bravo to UJ students for raising funds for stolen items

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and a buffalo chip this week:

* Bravo to Frank Larson of Valley City, who recently received the Greater North Dakotan Award from the Greater North Dakota Chamber. The award is the highest award given by the chamber. Larson received the award for his business and philanthropic impact on the state. He is the founder and chairman of Starion Financial.

* Bravo to the students at the University of Jamestown who started a fund to raise money to replace items stolen from other UJ students while on a Habitat for Humanity trip project over spring break last month. UJ students had $12,000 worth of items stolen from them in Texas while they were helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity International. Students in the Character and Leadership program at UJ established the fund after their return to help replace some of the items they lost.

* Buffalo chip to Rep. Kevin Cramer for referring to President Barack Obama as a “juvenile delinquent in the White House” in reaction to the extension of the comment period for the Keystone XL pipeline. Cramer was quoted in a Dickinson Press interview as saying, “The opportunity that we have as a country to demonstrate energy leadership in the world, and we have a juvenile delinquent in the White House. It’s very, very frustrating.” Cramer’s frustration with the president for the latest delay in a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is understandable, but name-calling is not acceptable for any politician.

* Bravo to North Dakota for having the lowest rate of “food insecurity” in the country. A report by Feeding America, using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found North Dakota’s rate of food insecurity was 7.7 percent in 2012. Feeding America says food insecurity is a lack of access, at times, to enough food for a healthy lifestyle for everyone in a household. Nationally, the number is 15.9 percent, Feeding America said.

* Bravo to the Carrington Job Development Authority and Carrington area businesses for teaming up to offer grant funds to students in exchange for the students working at the businesses after they graduate. The new program, expected to begin in the fall, is not only for high school students but others interested in getting an education, too.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)