Last updated: March 07. 2014 1:34PM - 985 Views
By Rose Nolen Contributing Columnist

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Well, I guess we’ve heard the last word. Our non-smoking ordinance is back in effect. There is no smoking in bars. Some people are happy about that, some people are unhappy about it and a lot of people are simply indifferent. Actually, I don’t like to see people go out of business unless they want to.

The other thing is, I like the voting booth. When everybody has an opportunity to vote, whether they are for or against, they appreciate the opportunity to have their say even if they are on the losing side. In the end, some people are generally unhappy and that is too bad.

In any case, we’ll have an election before long and people will have an opportunity to get off on a new subject. I hope when we have an opportunity to vote we will be able to settle old grievances. It’s time to come to the end of this smoking-ban discussion. We have a lot of issues that need to be discussed.

For one thing, we have a lot of falling buildings. Hopefully, our outlook for the summer does not include having piles of concrete sitting in the middle of the street. Obviously, we would hope some of our buildings would be for sale or lease or being otherwise prepared to open up as new businesses. Hopefully, we do have a city plan, don’t we?

I’m looking forward to seeing a new agenda for the new year. I’m hoping there will be an upcoming plan for a new downtown area. Hopefully our city planners have in mind a new shopping area. Will there be new retail businesses created, are wholesale opportunities being developed? As I look around, I see a few new businesses opening up, but I don’t see a plan.

So, maybe, we really aren’t going anywhere. To be sure, I certainly haven’t heard any plans, That’s the problem when we get bogged down in one area, the city doesn’t move. It seems to me that we have a lot of things that need to be opened up or moved around or put in place. But our city operates everyday, except, nothing seems to happen.

One thing is certain. It has been a long, cold, snowy winter and we look forward to spring. And we at least know that our weather systems have been operational, and so far we have not run out of salt. Considering some of the problems some towns and cities have run into this winter, we can call ourselves pretty lucky.

That means we can get our thinking caps on. One of the new things we might start thinking about is recreation. We are going to need to start initiating some family fun centers, places where families can enjoy and appreciate activities.

So far, we can certainly say as Americans we have enjoyed our years of smoking and drinking and paid our fair share of taxes. Now, we’re ready for clean living. Maybe, we still have a few good years left to enjoy it.

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