Et Cetera …

School should drill well

Fairmont Area Schools is considering drilling a well to get water for its athletic fields. This comes amid a drought and locally imposed water restrictions. The school wants to protect the athletes who play on the fields, and save money. Drilling a well is a $10,000 to $20,000 one-time cost while the school’s annual bill to water the fields is within that range.

We believe the school should drill the well. The city worries that if more users follow suit, water rates will have to rise to pay for its new treatment plant. But the school isn’t treating the water for drinking and other uses. It will still need the city supply for that.

Study is a good idea

Fairmont’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Economic Development Authority are teaming up to conduct a local housing study. That is a good idea.

An analysis of local data – the market area, demographics, employment, economic trends and the housing players – will lead to recommendations on lot development and rehabilitation, among other things.

One never knows when a city or region may see a need for more housing, or may see its housing needs change. It pays to be ready.

State should back off

Should Minnesota lawmakers really have to deal with topics as unimportant as chili cook-offs? Of course not. Why then is there a chili cook-off bill moving through the House?

Well, it seems state bureaucrats frown on chili cook-offs because food preparation rules cannot always be strictly followed. When the state cracks down, it pours cold water all over these spicy contests.

Come on, already. We hope the bill to allow more freedom at cook-offs passes. But what a poor reflection on our busy-body society.

It won’t end with this

Minnesota Gov.?Mark Dayton wants to raise taxes on wealthier Minnesotans, in order to raise $1.8 billion in additional revenue for the state. This concerns us because Minnesota has been forced by tough economic times to streamline state government, to actually make hard choices on cutting the budget. The result: It worked. Government is smaller than it might otherwise be, yet the state is getting along just fine.

So why suddenly start spending more? Once the state puts programs in place, they are extremely difficult to end down the road. And they keep growing, demanding more funding.