Et Cetera …

Should county pay?

Martin County is paying out $50,000 in wages each summer to help provide youth with internships at area businesses. Youth gain knowledge and skills while businesses get potential future employees. County leaders can say they are doing something to try to keep young people here.

That’s all well and good, but probably not perfect. Ideally (and given low unemployment), businesses should pay the interns. Or the interns should work for free, for the experience. Government could help facilitate all this, but should it actually pay wages? Regardless of the good economy?

Will it solve anything?

The city of Fairmont is trying to shine more light on how it adopts and administers the state building code. It is offering a free seminar from 5-7:30 p.m. March 22 at Southern Minnesota Educational Campus. The instructor is someone not affiliated with the city.

We appreciate what the city is doing, and encourage everyone interested to attend, to share their thoughts and questions. We hope more understanding is generated.

However, we also suspect that old concerns will remain, especially for those who have viewed Fairmont’s enforcement of the code as overly strict compared to other cities.

Rules must make sense

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says new state rules to lower nitrate levels in water supplies will primarily affect the Mississippi River watershed, because of its porous geology that lets nitrates more easily get into groundwater. We hope this is true.

Why? Because counties that are heavily invested in farming are downright worried about the proposed changes. Among other things, the rules affect application of fertilizers in the fall. That could have a huge impact on farming in our area.

We believe the Legislature needs to get involved, to ensure the rules make sense.

Physicians miss point

Minnesota’s largest physician organization wants to see the state ban “assault” weapons and conduct more research on gun violence. The group says guns represent a “public health” threat. This is nonsense.

Law-abiding citizens have a constitutional right to bear arms. Period. This has been affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

You don’t like guns? Change the constitution. That’s your option.

Meanwhile, if you want to do something about stopping psychos from murdering kids at schools, put your focus on school security. Including having trained people with guns for the purpose of defense on school campuses.