Don’t Tell Me About the Good Ol’ Days
Everyone remembers “the good ol’ days.” We all had some…
Where everyone washed clothes in their bathtub, and hung their clothes out to dry on a line.
Cars had no power steering or power breaks, and no air conditioning.
Where you did your business in an outhouse in the freezing cold, or blazing heat.
In the winter, you had no choice: you had to heat your home with coal or wood.
In the summer, you slept without air conditioning and thought nothing of it… except that it sure was hot that night!
If you wanted to make a phone call, you used a party line or went down the street to use a neighbor’s phone, and wondered who else might be listening in on your conversation. The phone was mounted to the wall with a rotary dial.
No internet; no smart phones. No Facebook, or Twitter (and that might have been a good thing!) No Google or Amazon.
No light switches… and television consisted of three channels (two channels may have come in good, the other maybe not). And you had to change the channel by hand.
Looking at it from this perspective, the good old days don’t sound all that good, do they? No one wants to fully return to the good old days. In fact, the good old days were nothing more than good memories of days gone past. We have our problems today, but I would encourage you to look at all the positive changes we’ve made in the last half a century or so. We’ve got it pretty good.
In fact, the City of Clinton has not seen as many positive changes as we’ve seen in the last four years. Financially, we are in the best position we’ve ever been in. Our infrastructure is in the best state it’s been in over 50 years, and improvements are continuing to be made, with more projects being budgeted for streets, sidewalks, water, sewer, and electrical.
Our main street program continues to grow, with this year’s Rhythm on the Rails festival being our largest ever, and we will host our first ever “Scots and Brats” Oktoberfest this year (Saturday, October 13).
So, if you see our Main Street Director, Adele Alducin, make sure you thank her for all her hard work. We’ve recruited new businesses to Main Street. In fact, in the last two years, we’ve seen Arby’s come to Clinton, as well as Zaxby’s, GE Renewable Energy (who moved into our first spec building), and we’re in the process of beginning to build a second spec building, which I’m sure will be sold before its finished.
You may not know this, but I believe that Clinton is the only city who has built its own spec building to recruit industry, and because of the success in our first one, we’re now building our second! Pretty big stuff for such a small town.
I know that the good old days are great memories, but I also feel that, for Clinton, the best days lie ahead of us. Your city council, and city staff are working hard every day to make our city a place that you can be proud to call your home. We do have work to do to get us where we want to go, but as for me, I’m proud of Clinton, and honored to serve with six of the finest council members in the state who truly want what’s best for our city and its citizens.
In closing, please remember that sometimes, things are said that are just not quite true. If you ever have any questions about what’s going on in our city, I would be happy to talk with you myself. As always, my number is 864-380-5176. Looking forward to talking with you!
(Bob McLean is mayor of Clinton.)