Is time standing still a good thing?
It depends on who you ask. Some people will say yes, no, or maybe. Most will say it depends. It depends on what you are talking about. It depends on where people are in their life with different things will determine their answer. Whether you are a young professional, active in life, retired, aging, parent, grandparent, etc., your perspective will reflect in your answer.
I’m sure almost everyone has examples of when they want time to stand still or move forward. Time leading up to vacation; I want time to hurry up. When I’m on vacation, I want time to slow down. In the manager’s office at our timeshare, I noticed one day that the clock on the wall didn’t have any hands on it. I ask the manager what’s up with the broken clock. He replied that it was not broken; it was on “island time.” Basically, what he was saying is that when you are here on the island, there is no time schedule.
When you look at a town like Alton, Alton can no longer stand still. This town has to move forward economically to survive. We cannot rely on good times of the past to save the current Alton. Things around here have to change. You hear the stories of how industries have left town, and new businesses in town are not necessarily providing enough employment and income for someone to raise a family. You also hear people say they are moving out of Alton for reasons such as education, employment, land options, home selection and, unfortunately, a different or better quality of life. So what does that mean for Alton? That means change has to occur. That change has to be a progressive, forward-thinking, positive, well-thought-out, cooperative, shared vision among the elected and appointed officials and the voters.
Derrick D. Richardson