While the notion of a farmers market is quaint, Ridgeland aldermen were right to reject a taxpayer-funded proposal.

Government should be limited and engaged in providing basic services such as police and fire protection, roads, water and sewer. 

Letting companies keep their money in lieu of having the government pick their pockets is acceptable, but corporate welfare is not.

Much effort has gone into establishing the Ridgeland Farmers Market and that is appreciated by all, especially those who benefitted by having food on their tables.

We can all agree that eating healthy is a good thing and there’s nothing quite like fresh out of the garden.

Fresh out of the garden brought to you by the government, however, is a different thing.

While $30,000-plus would barely buy a squad car, it is the principle of smaller, limited government that conservatives are supposed to support.

A socialist system administered by the government runs contrary to the Founding.

To be sure, we live in an era where such basics are confused, so it’s admirable these elected officials have stood their ground.

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury,” is has been said.

In a prosperous community such as ours, is it really necessary to involve the government in what should be a private affair? Is government intervention in economics necessary anywhere?

“We believe there can be a successful farmer’s market in Ridgeland, it will just require an investment from the city,” a proponent said.

In that case, it’s a no-go. “An investment from the city” means a tax. The government is taking from the collective whole to spread around to a select few. It’s called redistribution and it’s what leftists thrive on these days.

A committee rushed its decision in order to apply for more monies through grants. Now, where do you think the grants are coming from?

All of a sudden, with Fresh Market right down the street, you have government-run economics in the town square.

Setting up a mobile version of the market out of town under the city’s banner was mentioned as a selling point. That’s Socialism 101. 

The banner of the city of Ridgeland ought to be jobs and economic development, not another Green New Deal.