The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Columns

March 31, 2013

Jesse J. Wilkerson: Mounds Lake proposal an idea worth considering

ANDERSON, Ind. — I have often heard it said that variety is the spice of life. We have lived with one wave of thought so long that anything new sounds like a foreign gospel. I at times have had to fight the urge to shut down at hearing an idea that stretched me.

What I have observed from my travel is that communities are the same everywhere. I have gathered that they are the same because they are filled with people, and people are generally the same everywhere go.

What makes a community successful? People do.

I live in a world where I am constantly problem solving. It is part of my job. Ideas lead you places. They take you on a train of thought that, though the destination is not guaranteed, helps you cross barriers that might otherwise cause you to abandon exploration.

Not all ideas are good. Nor are all ideas bad. When we stop generating ideas we might as well pitch in the towel and stop living.

How do you determine if an idea like the $350 million proposal for Mounds Lake Reservoir is potentially successful? Do you line up all the pros and cons and allow them to duel it out in your mind? Or maybe you gather as much empirical data as possible so that any decision you make has to be observed from a “black-and-white” position.

What if we considered any idea as an exploration to find out more to stretch ourselves for a broader reality? I have been standing on a soapbox for years proclaiming that we should beware of negative words and negative voices. I have also advocated that we challenge ourselves to see something bigger, to stretch further, go deeper in creating a new identity for ourselves.

Anderson/Madison County has been presented a unique opportunity, via the reservoir proposal. It is obvious it is not what we are accustomed to thinking. Some of us will consider the political-will factor and disengage all possibility. Others of us will get stuck at the cost alone and dismiss the idea.

By the way, did you know the presidential inauguration cost about $300 million, the Pacers can likely be purchased for about $320 million, and it is reported that the Afghan war cost $300 million a day?

I am grateful for those who considered the obstacles and decided to continue on. Without them we wouldn’t have any new ideas to consider. It is a shift in the way we see ourselves and the way that others see us, as well.

Jesse J. Wilkerson is the owner of a local architecture and design firm. His column appears every other Monday.

 

1
Text Only
Columns
Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium
Front page
Poll

Do you think heroin is a significant problem in Madison County?

Yes, it has surpassed meth as the problem drug
Yes, but meth is still a bigger problem
No, this was an isolated case
Not sure
     View Results