REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Bury the hatchet and get shovels ready

When it comes to shovel-ready, we're happy to see local governments burying the hatchet. Let's keep it that way; if t
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

When it comes to shovel-ready, we're happy to see local governments burying the hatchet.

Let's keep it that way; if there's a priority, it should be Erie County, and not this or that local subdivision -- and that means everyone throws their ideas into the pot and they're hashed out to see what has the best chance of getting us in line for President Barack Obama's stimulus package, which is closing on $1 trillion.

So far, that's what's happening, and many worthwhlle projects have been floated, from road work for a major traffic artery to a shelter house for a community park.

Whatever gets funded, a nice aftereffect would be the realization that it's not going to be One Big Thing that saves us all. Once it was the auto industry; now, to some people, it's the NASA Plum Brook airstrip.

That airstrip will happen; Plum Brook wants one and can make the case it needs one. It'll be more realistic if a way can be found to make use of the strip when giant spacecraft parts aren't being airlifted in, which despite a hoped-for ramping up of the space program, will be most of the time. However, we should avoid thinking of the airstrip as the magic bullet; it'll be an important piece of the puzzle -- but only a piece.

Another nice aftereffect would be to see more local governments used to the idea of working together for the betterment of all, and not simply fighting for the biggest piece of the pie (and, while we're at it, who gets to be in charge).

Surrounding counties, and some townships and towns in this one, have proven it can be done, in the matter of combined emergency dispatch. It's an idea whose growth can only help.