Et Cetera …

Promoting those pigs

An effort is underway in Martin County to promote and praise one of the biggest things people do here. Namely, raise pigs, which become delicious products on grocery store shelves.

To that end, the “Bacon Capital USA” promotion takes pride in this sector of the ag industry, and does it in a fun way. We think this is a great idea.

“Bacon Capital USA” is a moniker that could attract interest and visitors. It just depends on what the local group behind the concept comes up with. We look forward to seeing what that will be.

Freeing up the economy

People living in the Fairmont area will be among the millions to benefit from federal tax relief in 2018. This includes individual tax cuts but also the greater good that comes from freeing up businesses to keep more of what they earn.

Taxes on business are passed on to consumers. They also stifle investment and job growth. And they hurt U.S. global competitiveness. But that’s all changing. Thanks to Trump administration deregulation and tax relief, the U.S. economy is poised to grow more substantially than in many years. Thank goodness, and it’s about time.

Israel deserves support

The world doesn’t like President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We like Trump’s response: Too bad.

Popularity does not convey an ethical good. Right and wrong exist outside the scope of any one person’s — or many nations’ — inability to recognize right and wrong.

Israel is a democracy and valued American ally. It has long been surrounded by hostile states populated by many irrational, intransigent people. It deserves more than American lip service. It deserves the support Trump has offered.

FEDA offering funds

Fairmont’s Economic Development Authority has money available help fund business startups and to help existing businesses expand. Some loans are tied to job creation, while others are not.

Money is available for, among other things: building acquisition, expansion, machinery, equipment and real property acquisition.

We encourage those interested to contact economic development coordinator Linsey Preuss at (507) 238-9461. She can provide all the necessary details and forms.