Progressive Minds

Charting a year of change in a growing community


"In the final analysis," Clare Booth Luce wrote, "there is no solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterances and the day's good deed."

It is in honor of Ms. Luce's solution that we dedicate this issue of the Roundup's annual Progress Edition, in which you will find the work, the decisions, the utterances and deeds which made 2001 the year that was.

For the progress makers, the challenge of the past 12 months much like the challenge of any 12-month period in the history of modern civilization was to please all of the people, all of the time, while simultaneously reshaping a Rim country in which the benefits always outweigh the drawbacks.

In other words, an impossible task. Especially in a town where there are Grand Canyon-sized chasms between those who encourage growth and those who would rather put a gate up at all entrances to town; those who "know" there is no water problem and those who "know" we're on the brink of a water doomsday.

This area's divisiveness over its progress, however, may prove to be as galvanizing as the issues upon which we all agree.

After all, it was Thomas Alva Edison who wrote, "Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress."

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