|Wed, Sep 24, 2014 12:24 AM
|Issue of September 17, 2014
March 19, 2014 | 09:55 AM
For the past several weeks, we have been soliciting you, our readers, for your thoughts about how you would like to see Harrison County in the next 20 years.
This came about, not because any one person dislikes the county now, but because it's good to assess current situations from time to time and see where things might be improved. And, as America's population continues to age, the needs might be different for the next couple of decades than they were for the past few decades.
Is Harrison County meeting all of your needs so you can continue to make this your home?
Laconia folks have been made aware of the predicted trends of how, in 2010, 13 percent of Hoosiers were 65 or older, with that number expected to increase to 20 percent by 2050 and how Harrison County's populated is anticipated to grow by 19 percent by 2035.
Your responses keep coming in, in a variety of ways. We appreciate that and hope you will continue to submit your thoughts.
One reader, who wished to remain anonymous, recently shared seven main points that "Corydon must have," in addition to "closely" monitoring growth:
1 — Offer round-trip bus or shuttle service to Louisville International Airport, to the mall in Clarksville and other places "at least one to two days week" with "reasonable" fares. "Seniors need this transportation," the person wrote.
2 — Control the "outrageous" labor rates for services, such as lawn care, plumbing and electrical work. "Some merchants gouge people," stated this person, adding that an engineer with a degree starts out at $45 an hour, so why should someone make $35 to $70 an hour for "menial" labor.
3 — Land an outlet mall near S.R. 135 and Interstate 64. The reader said this would be accessible to people from all directions of Harrison County, would be near the hospital and close to "a few, super clean restaurants, like Culver's and O'Charley's."
4 — Offer "excellent" tax incentives for any businesses that locate here, thus helping us grow more.
5 — Talk to the sheriff regarding the impact of legalizing marijuana. While the reader readily admits hating drugs, the person added, "Denver seems to be getting rich" from its new marijuana laws that went into effect Jan. 1.
6 — Bring a Panera Bread to Corydon. "It's wonderful, especially for lunches. The breads are to die for!"
7 — Consider adding horse or harness racing on a regular basis.
Perhaps this anonymous person's thoughts will spur you to provide feedback about their seven thoughts. Remember, these are just one person's thoughts, not items anyone is actually lobbying for. So, if your opinion is vastly different from theirs, don't attack the reader; just let us know why you would prefer not to have any of these things.
Or, perhaps seeing someones else's suggestions in print might help you generate some thoughts of your own. Get them to us: by e-mail (email@example.com), regular mail (301 N. Capitol Ave., Corydon, IN 47112), fax (812-738-1909) or phone (812-738-2211).
The discussion seems to be taking hold. Let's continue to see what we can dream then work on making something happen. After all, I plan to live here for many more years and would hope the community can continue to meet my needs.