Most of us over the age of 30 carry a scar on our shoulder that serves as a testament to the miracle of progress.
In 1967 the United Nations World Health Organization launched a worldwide vaccination campaign against small pox. At the time, the dread disease caused more than 2 million deaths each year. Today, small pox has been eradicated from the earth and vaccination is no longer necessary.
There are some who feel that progress is destructive to our way of life. They tend to treat the word itself as a disease that should be stopped. But in most cases, we believe the world benefits greatly when men and women with a vision of progress do not accept the status quo and work to improve the world around them.
On the front page, you'll find a story about the completion of the Beeline Highway expansion project between Payson and Phoenix. The report reflects upon the progress of the project and the dangers of the old road that took 47 lives in nearly 2,000 accidents over the last 10 years. So even if you don't like the idea of an improved highway leading to Payson, you and your family will be safer as you travel to the Valley because of this progress.
The benefits of progress are particularly noticeable when people's lives are saved from disease or fatal highway accidents, but more often progress moves slowly and quietly. For this reason, it is important for us to turn and look at the path we've traveled. For a family, that glance back may be found in a journal or photo album. For our community, we offer our annual 2001 Progress Edition inside today's Roundup. In its pages, you'll be given a fresh perspective of where we've been and where we're going.
You'll meet the men and women who dared to dream, our unsung heroes, our living legends those whose dreams help to weave the fabric of a community in progress.