Looking closely, there is ‘good news’ for small towns

 Sometimes it seems difficult for us to find “Good News” in this old country. However, if we take a closer look we can change our attitude and ease our concerns.
That was the case when a newspaper carried a story written by Jim Mulder who was concerned about states tending only to the metropolitan and regional centers. We almost skipped reading his subject regarding a social contract for rural area, but curiosity got the best of us and my expected “Bad News” topic turned into “Good News” for those of us who live in Aurora and the surrounding area.
Mulder outlined six elements for a successful social contract for a rural community. To my delight we found the community of Aurora had all six elements in place and continued to use and improve those elements for over at least three generations.
No doubt, those elements are a vital part of the reason Aurora’s growth had nearly doubled since the 1960 census.
Digging into the key elements of his report we found those key objectives must include education, health care, housing, transportation, public infrastructure and economic development.  Success for our community came about because the citizens of our area recognized cooperation was the most important factor in successfully fulfilling those goals. City and county government cooperated with each other. Our local foundations were quick to financially back community projects. Leadership roles for community improvements came from individuals both young and old . . . and our list can go on and on.
Without a shared commitment to success in our community, we all could not rejoice in Aurora’s past successes. That continued cooperation will be necessary for the ever-changing future objectives that guarantee for more “Good News” to be read about Aurora.
Signs on businesses are designed to draw attention as well as identify the product or service of that business. One sign on a small paint-faded business along the highway drew our attention as the Betterhalf and I drove by. The sign read: “Hodge Podge Garage.” We never stopped to see what was in the garage, but judging from the “merchandise” scattered on outside the building the only question we had: “Was there any hodge podge left inside?”
It has been noted the condition a man is in, can be best judged from what he takes two at a time – stairs or pills.

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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