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Editorial

Plans need follow through to work

by John Suhr
surhs@reporterandfarmer.com

 Webster and Day County has a lot going for it, some would even say more than it had 10-20 years ago or even longer.
Towns have changed and will continue to change over the course of time. Some for the better and some we all maybe wished we could have done something different.
Webster has held meetings on what the town could do differently as well as many other communities have held similar meetings on how they can continue to progress forward.
We all need to look ahead and see where we want to be and what we want to be doing in the long-term.
Webster has that opportunity again to look at the long-term of their community as designSD continues their work.
But all the best laid plans can be for nothing if people do not follow through.
On Sept. 25-27, 15 architects, engineers, planners and community developers will be in town to help gather and present ideas for the future of Webster.
This is the first multiday event I can remember. The community has held a number of meetings over the years to see where the community wanted to be down the road.
But without following through and community involvement, the greatest projects can fall through the cracks.
On Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be community’s roundtable discussions from topics of housing, business development, water/ag, recreation, education, welcoming to infrastructure.
Another meeting later that night from 6 to 9 p.m. will be a design workshop.
This will all be followed up on Sept. 27 from 10:30 to 12:30 with a community design review and action plan.
All the meetings are at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse on Highway 12.
While it takes a lot of time, any time you can help give can make this area a better place to live and work if there is action taken.

Columns

The future is in your hands



by Amanda Fanger
reporter@reporterandfarmer.com



 In a movie or a book, when a new super hero is just emerging – new powers just recently discovered – a mentor usually appears to give them counsel on how to proceed with saving the day. It is through the wisdom that is passed from this sage-like person that our hero is able to use their great and mighty powers to shape the fate of the universe.
But did you know that each and every one of you is a propagandist in the story of your community’s future?
This weekend, you’ll be able to discover the power for directing destiny lays in your hands while a group of master designers will act as guides to the process.
Webster’s design charrette is Sept. 25 and 27 where 20 design professionals will be in town to learn from community members and help create a road map for the area’s future.
With architects, city planners and landscape designers among the mix of professionals to be here, Webster’s residents have the potential to give the community a leg up in the world, all while being guided and directed by people who really know what they’re doing.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Webster is an awesome place to live and work and I feel that the community is on the edge of really going places. Consider its prime location between Watertown and Aberdeen as just one example. The city is big enough to be self-supporting but small enough to offer a country-living sort of life style. Throw in the friendly, hometown atmosphere and it seems like Webster’s a winner.
Sometimes discussions about the future are hard and change can be difficult to both initiate and handle.
But change is going to happen regardless. We have the power now to make that change a positive thing rather than setting back while the community slowly dies.
On Sept. 25, the community can attend a supper meeting at 6 p.m. at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse in which the design professionals will hear from community members about the goals and dreams. Then they’ll take some time to create – based on the feedback they receive Thursday evening, input from study committee members and observation – planning boards with creative objectives that will give community members something to work towards together. Those boards will be presented to the public at an interactive meeting Saturday at 10:30 a.m., also at the Izaak Walton building.
I encourage you to come out and be a champion for your community. Let’s define Webster’s future together.

 

Do we enable them?

by Emre K. Erku
sports@reporterandfarmer.com

 More than eight billion dollars in revenue a year (figures subject to change). That’s arguably more than Haiti’s annual gross domestic product. The NFL, if they wanted, could buy the country of Haiti and still have enough to send a good portion of their deprived and suffering population to state colleges.
Now let’s take a look at Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ annual income. According to Forbes online, the 71-year-old Los Angeles native’s present net worth is $4.2 billion. But, considering the fact that Jones has raised $1.6 billion for the Salvation Army over the past 15 years, he clears my scrutiny.
Yet, apart from the charities and the good deeds of some, others who dwell inside the world of professional sports are a bit more demonic and barbaric. And as the scandals emerge we act as if we’re surprised, and instead of boycotting the leagues and the commercial corporations, we keep our pupils fixated on the glowing screens and our mouths continue to blather on (mine included).
Here’s a history lesson for you, folks. Over its entire existence America’s professional sports leagues have been as scandalous as it has been glorious. From indentured servitude, steroid use, gambling, illicit sexual conduct, murder and unethical business practices to domestic violence, animal abuse and drug and alcohol related delinquency, it is accurate to say that we’ve known about this for years. Still, names like Lance Armstrong, O.J. Simpson and Pete Rose suddenly disappear when a new case arises.
Now, I don’t condone any activity that brings harm and hardship to anyone in the world, unless it’s the Minnesota Vikings grading the cheese off the heads of those Packer ingrates, of course, but ask yourself this: Are you that perfect? Can you say you’ve never done wrong in your life? If the answer is no, kudos to you, but as god almighty as my witness, some of you, if not, many, fall into the other category.
Truth is, if statisticians did a study for how many people per capita have skeletons in their closets, figures would be close to New Jersey’s average person per square mile. And STILL, with this Adrian Peterson/ Ray Rice/so many other sports figures/human being scandals, we act as if we’re as pure as the driven snow. Again, before you conjure up negative connotations brought on by this column, I must reiterate the fact that a person should not beat their children or commit murder, or steal, etc. I’m simply trying to embark upon a question.
Are we as guilty as the ones we used to call our idols by continuing our cyclical fanaticism? We keep forking over our hard earned money towards our professional sports teams because we simply cannot get enough of them. Not only are we addicted to the rush of sports but we’re addicted to lewd behaviors of the ones in the spotlight.
Indeed, of course I’m ashamed of AP and what he has done. He literally carried the Vikings on his back the last time they made the playoffs, and when it comes to my beloved Vikes I’m still taken back to the day I was 10 years old, weeping endlessly after Gary Anderson missed that field goal. But even back then I knew the NFL can be as corrupt an entity as the late Daley Administration of Chicago. My eyes were open, and no, I’m not surprised by these new scandals. If history has taught me one thing it’s that it tends to always repeat itself. We try and try again with some success, but the slide is always there.
Let there be shame on some of you, sports figures, but let there be shame on me, too, because I’m never going to stop watching.
“Ray.”

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