It's understandable that the administration of Gov. Ernie Fletcher should view with some skepticism a passel of state grants approved in the last days of the Patton administration.
Like pardons granted by outgoing governors and presidents, government grants also may be handed out as paybacks to old political friends.
Yet without some proof that rules were bent and projects that received grants were unworthy, the Fletcher administration should honor the grants given "preliminary approval" by the previous administration.
Stanford officials were rightly upset upon learning that a $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant they thought was a sure thing had been rejected by the Fletcher administration. The money would have been used to restore the 200-year-old Presbyterian log meeting house on Main Street. The community planned to use the restored building as a museum and tourist attraction and to house the county historical society.