Et Cetera …

Leaders act prudently

Local governments seem to be off to a good start in limiting their local tax hikes. Martin County and the cities of Truman and Blue Earth all approved preliminary levy hikes of 3 percent this week. Those proposed levies can now be lowered but cannot be increased as these entities work on their 2014 budgets.

These governments and others seem to be keeping in mind local taxpayers. This can be seen in things such as Martin County setting a levy well under what it is actually allowed by the state. We thank county leaders for their cautious approach.

Series about to begin

One of the great community assets in Fairmont is the Opera House, but it is not literally owned by the community. It is a non-profit entity that needs the support of people living in the area to maintain its programs. Donors have come through to help the Opera House in times of need. That is great.

There is, of course, a simple way to keep the Opera House relevant, and that is to sign up for its subscription series, which begins Sept. 19 and runs through early May. Call the Opera House at (507) 238-4900 for more information.

Young people stuck

The sticker shock of Obamacare, the federal health care law that is about to take effect, became more real this week when a study reported on expected insurance premium rates. Young people are going to be in for a shock, even though it is true they may be eligible for tax credits to help reduce their costs.

The study notes that the cost for a 21-year-old buying a mid-range policy will average about $270 per month. That is a lot of money for a young person just starting out. What’s more:?young, healthy people routinely save money by not buying insurance. The new law saddles them with something they do not need or want.