Tuesday, January 02, 2007

No Argument, It's True

The paper's admirable C'est Vrai local history column doesn't usually have much to do with fiber and Lafayette's quest to build its own network. Today it does. Recounting the infrastructure situation in 1906:
“All of these things will cost money,” The Advertiser continued. “In fact a great deal of it. Nevertheless that does not signify that they are either difficult or impossible. With the right man in charge, backed by the united efforts of the citizens of this town, all three objects can be accomplished. And all three will prove paying investments.

“It is simply a question of deciding we want these things, then get together, get the right man and in the lead, and push.”
Bradshaw, the author, comments:
That also sounds like a formula that might work today. It’s remarkable what can happen when everyone pushes together.In 1906 as a century later.
The more things change the more they stay the same. C'est Vrai.


UPDATE: 11:10
Ok, as soon as I reread the line: "The paper's admirable C'est Vrai local history column doesn't usually have much to do with fiber and Lafayette's quest to build its own network" I knew I was wrong. As a former history and social studies education professor I should have known better. History is always relevant.

For example:
On doing for yourself what others refuse to do for you: The rice revolt

I repent of my foolishness.

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