Et Cetera …

New hope for veterans

Martin County Veterans Service Officer Doug Landsteiner recently offered his thoughts on the new federal VA Mission Act, which expands veterans access to private health care, among other things. Landsteiner is feeling positive about the change, which comes after years of problems at the Veterans Administration.

It’s good to know there is local support for the act among those who deal with veterans issues every day. Our veterans deserve the very best of care, and we hope the act can now better fulfill that promise.

Court supports women

The Iowa Supreme Court has struck down a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The majority opinion in the 5-2 decision exactly captured the crux of the issue.

“At stake in this case is the right to shape, for oneself, without unwarranted governmental intrusion, one’s own identity, destiny and place in the world. Nothing could be more fundamental to the notion of liberty.”

In other words, women do not need a patronizing state telling them they must wait to receive services that are legal.

Caught in the middle

Farmers in Minnesota and Iowa, and elsewhere, are growing concerned about the Trump administration’s trade policies. Tariffs imposed on China are being reciprocated, with the Chinese imposing retaliatory tariffs (taxes) on imports into China of many goods, including pork and soybeans. This will hurt area farmers.

Trump actually favors no tariffs. Anywhere. He is trying to get the Chinese (and other nations) to end their protectionist practices and remove all trade barriers. Whether he can succeed remains to be seen. But he is not intentionally trying to hurt farmers. Although we understand this may not be consolation to them.

County must be careful

A representative of Flying Goose campground approached Martin County commissioners this week to request adding a passing lane and turning lane into the campground as part of the County Road 26 resurfacing slated for this summer.

County Engineer Kevin Peyman said overlay projects usually involve just replacing what is existing, with businesses paying for changes or additions ($28,000 in this case). Peyman also noted a lack of accidents at the site.

But commissioners are interested in more talks, and possibly paying a portion of the cost to accommodate Flying Goose. We can appreciate the desire to help, but we hope the county does not set a costly precedent.