The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

So Much Is Going On

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

9 May 2007

A mother can get caught up in a whirlwind around here with so many changes taking place, even after her kids are raised. It's like being on a merry-go-round and life is pushing you faster and faster around.

We have lost so many wonderful people in our communities that we've become acquainted with.

We've found it is harder to keep track of who the kids and parents are with the schools all converging.

We've found the news of churches either closing down, being burnt down, or torn down is disheartening.

We see adults of both sexes now working more to make ends meet.

We know moms are not home enough to keep up with the cooking and chores.

We find that our health system and insurances are changing so much that we are losing choices in care.

And gas prices are going up, and it seems like the Ethanol plant expansions happened overnight.

And did you know that the postage rates are going up this Monday, May 14th.

So, I have a question.

With all of these changes happening so fast, why is it taking so long for Highway 34 to become a 4-lane?

Everyone seems to agree that is one of the busiest and worst stretches of roads in the area, yet other roads have been made into 4-lane first.

So here we are as mothers, celebrating another Mother's Day, and I am wondering why we can't have a few changes that make sense.

At least to a reporter who has written about accidents, and fatalities, and has seen the semi-traffic increase on Highway 34 in front of our county's only high school, it seems like a no-brainer of what needs to be done here.

I can't figure out why enough of our legislators can't work together in Springfield to get this 20 some miles of 4-lane into gear.

For Mothers Day, and before the rates go up on mail Monday, let's send our Mothers Day cards to Springfield and ask for a new 4-lane road on 34 to finish what was started so long ago.

What we moms really want for Mothers Day, is that all our families be safe!