Et Cetera …

Not the chief’s fault

Truman Police?Chief Justin Jobe is probably feeling a little whip-sawed these days trying to keep up with requests from his bosses on the City Council.

The council wants Jobe to get residents to clean up their properties, but a big part of this has to do with outdated City Code, which is an issue the council – not Jobe – must address.

The council also wants the chief to stop more speeders along Highway 15, after asking him in the past to devote his energies elsewhere, namely being more visible around town.

We don’t have a problem with the council telling Jobe what his priorities should be. Council members just need to remember them a year from now.

Surprise the gloomy

We liked the message coming from a local economic development gathering this past week in Fairmont. A part of that message involves creating positive plans, and forgetting about the whining, moaning and groaning. That’s a good recipe not only for economic development, but for life.

Fairmont has business strengths and some shortcomings. Complaints won’t solve the shortcomings. Those involved in helping the town maintain what it has and grow can only do that by making honest assessments, and following up with appropriate plans and actions. We wish them success, and hope they surprise the naysayers.

Good luck, students

Kudos to four Fairmont Area High School students who will participate in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge, a state competition next month. Students will get 90 minutes to diagnose and repair a 2013 Ford Focus rigged for the competition.

We note that Fairmont Ford has stepped up to help the students, offering them time in the local auto dealer’s repair shop, access to a mechanic, and use of the shop’s tools. This is all a very nice gesture.

Whether a student moves on to become an automotive engineer, a mechanic or an auto hobbyist, being skillful around vehicles is a bonus in life.

We wish the students good luck.