Bank on it

We affirm Central National Bank for helping to establish a micro-loan program that should give people participating in Circles Marion County one more tool that could help them move beyond poverty and into a more stable and healthy financial situation (see Page 13). Not only did Central National agree to host the program, it contributed $5,000 to get it going.

In a day when the big banks nationwide have developed a reputation for being greedy and self-serving by their actions, CNB has made a statement to the contrary. And they are not the only generous bank?or business?in our county. And that?s more to our point. We believe the action of this community bank reflects the values of its community more than its industry. Once again, Marion County residents have stepped up for the benefit of neighbors and fellow residents who find themselves facing adversity.

Whether the micro-loan program has its intended effect, only time will tell. But the benefit of living in the environment we do is that the majority of people here?through their businesses, organizations and churches?care enough about their neighbors to put action to their rhetoric. And all of us are the richer for it.