Archive for February, 2010
>Medicine and More has been added to the business directory on the left sidebar. The link is: http://theprescriptionstore.com, and has all kinds of resources such as online refill requests, home medical equipment, educational links, etc.
Medicine and More is located at 100 Ft. Jefferson Avenue in Greenville, and can be contacted at 547-1642.
Details at WHIO (thanks to Steve Baker).
>F-M grad Jack Gruber took this bird’s eye shot of the ice rink in Vancouver as part of his Olympic preparations for USA Today. Another photo and a short commentary are on Jack’s blog.
>All Snow Emergencies for Darke County have been cancelled. Some roadways remain slick and hazardous, but for the most part, all roadways have improved tremendously!
>I read with interest (February 16, 2010) an op-ed piece in the New York Times written by Bob Herbert entitled: “What’s Wrong With Us?” In his piece, Mr. Herbert sites the growing problems and concerns with the infrastructure of the United States: highways, bridges, water and sewer lines. It is not something you read about everyday, though most of us are happy to complain about pieces of the problem when they occur: pot holes and backed up sewer lines are a couple which easily come to mind. His question,”What’s Wrong With Us?” focuses squarely on the lack of attention or apparent interest in funding repairs and updates to our infrastructure.
I remember as a kid in the 60’s watching some TV variety show. The comedian on for the evening was poking fun at Ohio in general and Governor James Rhoades in particular for the state’s extensive interstate highway system……implying we didn’t want people to stay in our state….just wanted them to pass through as quickly as possible. He was simply poking fun (and not understanding the merit) of a piece of what was then a part of Ohio’s state of the art infrastructure (and a fundamental reason the state became an economic and political powerhouse).
Like most folks in West Central Ohio, I grew up watching my fair share of high school sports: in particular basketball and baseball. I remember hearing the adults and coaches talk, in fact, preach about the importance of “fundamentals”. As a kid taking piano lessons, playing in band and singing in the choir, musical instructors required music theory, scales, warm-ups…..again regular, consistent and unrushed practice of the fundamentals before any practice, rehearsal or actual performances.
In the comments section of Mr. Herbert’s op-ed piece, the responses to his editorial question range from: infrastructure is simply not “flashy” enough to the existence of more important issues such as the war, national security, and the economy. Apparently no one remembers it was Dwight D. Eisenhower, as President, who promoted and firmly believed in a strong infrastructure as a fundamental component of national security. (For those too young to remember, he was a general prior to being President of the USA) Any local, regional, state, national or international business will tell you a cohesive, reliable infrastructure is fundamental to the ability to construct, let alone develop a profitable business/ economic environment. Ask any undeveloped, struggling country: their lack of infrastructure is a primary obstacle in economic development efforts and the health and prosperity of their citizens.
Roads, bridges, sewers, electrical and communication grids: they may not be glamorous, may not be pretty……but without these fundamentals, the “glamorous” things like jobs, national security, education, and yes, even the arts, shopping, and housing can not be secure, let alone reach their full potential and prosper.
I understand people generally do not like to spend money on things they cannot “see”. I understand funding these fundamentals is expensive. However, without them, we will see an erosion of our economy and standard of living which could easily be prevented. A long term, growth oriented and thoughtful plan for the care, maintenance and development of our infrastructure is paramount to economic and community development. It can help us limit the personal and economic tragedies of a Hurricane Katrina. It can keep rural and metropolitan areas intimately linked for the appropriate distribution of food, other goods, and services.
In these challenging economic times, we all have to make difficult choices. It is my hope we do not continue down the path of choosing to ignore or bypass the fundamentals of our infrastructure. Borrowing the words from the movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” And folks, if you do not build it, they (health, prosperity, education, economic and community stability) will go somewhere that will!
[Tyeis L. Baker-Baumann is the President of Rebsco, Inc.]
>This is State Route 49 looking southbound in Van Buren Township (Abbottsville) at about 6pm Friday evening. Keep in mind that this is one of the busiest, most-frequently plowed roads in the county. Don’t drive this evening unless you have to.