Et Cetera …

Make good wishes

A recent poll indicated that 7 in 10 Americans favor one day using gene-editing technology to prevent incurable diseases that a child would otherwise inherit. But the poll also shows that people are wary, concerned about the promise of the medical miracle being used unethically.

People should be worried, but they also should be open the advancement of the human condition. Science cannot uncover a corner of reality and then ignore it. Nor should any of us. The genie is out of the bottle. If he is granting wishes, humans need to make wise choices.

Long-term view best

The U.S. stock market has been going through some gyrations of late. What’s the cliche? “Stocks fluctuate.” Many forces are acting on the market. But people who want to spread their disdain for free markets should not be allowed to take advantage of this moment to say something is fundamentally wrong. It’s not true.

What investors, and future investors, should do is look at the Dow Jones 100-year chart, or even just back to 1981. The overall trend is up. It has to be. Because people participate in the economy and businesses sell them goods and services. There’s no other choice.

Hang in there, judges

Without getting into the specifics of the case, we note this week that an election official in Martin County has been charged with neglect of duty, by reportedly making inappropriate sexual remarks to a female voter. If proved true in court, the whole thing is a real black eye for our area. It’s too bad.

Election judges are blessings for all of us who wish to participate in our democracy. They work long days and maintain the sanctity of the vote. We extend them our thanks and hope they will not this alleged incident deter their commitment.

Kudos to good habits

It’s that time of year again when Americans have finally gotten past the holiday madness and feeding frenzy. Many people are turning to better diets and exercise to shed some unneeded pounds. We offer them our encouragement.

It’s not easy, but small changes that are built into habits are the way to go. Start by taking a short walk every day. Make one meal a healthy one. After a week or two, lengthen the walk. Then make it two light, healthy meals.

Find the time to commit to your plan. Treat your body like it’s the only one you’ve got or will ever have. Because it is.