Jan. 17, 2011 05:02

From the Publisher

As we enter 2011, we are enthusiastic about what we see. I chuckle as I write this, because that’s what I thought last year. Although our markets have been agonizingly slow to recover, the future looks bright.

With all the talk last year about the stimulus money, I thought surely the trickle down effect would be beneficial for us. Unfortunately, it seems that very little did trickle down. I can’t help feeling as frustrated as everyone else.

We’re sitting on the path of progress, yet it‘s difficult to predict when that progress will begin. As each week goes by, more waterways become contaminated with stormwater runoff. As each month goes by, the heavy-duty trucks and general traffic continue to deteriorate our highways.

Although adding new lanes and building new overpasses to help carry today’s traffic load is common now, there remains great concern about repairing our old roads and highways. It is my feeling that when the appropriations are allocated, we will get our fair share. We can’t continue to postpone rebuilding and refurbishing our infrastructure. If we wait too long, there could be major disasters, and nobody wants to see that.

One thing I can assure you, I will do my best to help spread the word.

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