Vision for the Valley: Excerpts from past editorials

January 11, 2009 

AUG. 24: "Instead of allowing the bad news to paralyze us - and get in the way of building an even better place to live - it's important to keep planning. To keep aspiring.

"To use this breather in growth as a time to make decisions that will serve the Valley well, when (and most assuredly not if) the economy improves. ...

"Building a better Valley requires us to capitalize on our strengths. And we're feeling a sense of urgency about it."

SEPT. 21: "What is the trademark that sets the Valley apart from so many other communities that can promise nice neighbors, nice schools and modern hospitals?

"Can the answer be found in the open space that surrounds much of the Valley, from the Foothills to its greenbelts to its open space? Or in an arts and entertainment community that has thrived in spite of - or perhaps because of - the Valley's relative isolation from larger cities? ...

"But let's not forget the bottom-line considerations. ... When times are tight, won't concerns about a qualified work force and an affordable cost of living take precedence? Does business trump pleasure?"

OCT. 5: "The trick (to governing in a recession) is to identify the programs that require some shrewd investment now - and recognize the needs that demand immediate attention.

"That means finding creative ways to put money into creating good jobs, and competing in a cutthroat economic development climate. ...

"And it means investing in infrastructure such as highways and public transportation. ... There is a cost of doing nothing; it's called inflation."

NOV. 2: "Communities either attract new people and new employers, or they stagnate. They either move forward, or they fall behind. ...

"We shouldn't be blind to the challenges resulting from two decades of rapid growth. ... But we also cannot be blind to the economic challenges ahead. If the Treasure Valley doesn't put together a concerted drive to attract new employers and retain existing jobs, other hungry communities will be only too happy to help themselves."

DEC. 7: "This is a generous community that always remembers its nonprofits, even in tough times that make giving painful. This is a creative community that has built an arts scene vibrant enough to entertain locals and surprise visitors. This is a forward-thinking community with voters willing to say yes to a new community college and open space preservation in the Foothills. ...

"The notion of a shared vision for the future isn't at all far-fetched. If you need proof of what we can do, take a good look at what we have done."

DEC. 28: "When we launched the Vision for the Valley editorial project in August, we could not have predicted what would unfold in the state and national economy...

"We still can view this as a time for hunkering down, or as a time for looking ahead. That's a decision we all must make. But as an editorial board - living in a community with wonderful people and wonderful potential - we simply could not settle for hunkering down. We still cannot."

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