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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.


Flight 101 was flying from Heathrow to Dublin one night, with Paddy the pilot, and Shamus the co-pilot. As they approached Dublin airport, they looked out the front window.

“B’jeesus,” said Paddy, “Will ye look at how short dat runway is.”

“You’re not kiddin, Paddy” replied Shamus.

“Dis is gonna be one a’ de trickiest landings you’re ever gonna see,” said Paddy.

“You’re not kiddin, Paddy.” replied Shamus.

“Right Shamus. When I give de signal, you put de engines in reverse” said Paddy.

“Right, I’ll be doing dat” replied Shamus.

“And den ye put de flaps down straight away” said Paddy.

“Right, I’ll be doing dat” replied Shamus.

“And den ye stamp on dem brakes as hard as ye can” said Paddy.

“Right, I’ll be doing dat” replied Shamus.

“And den ye pray to de Mother Mary with all a’ your soul” said Paddy.

“I be doing dat already” replied Shamus.

So they approached the runway with Paddy and Shamus full of nerves and sweaty palms. As soon as the wheels hit the ground, Shamus put the engines in reverse, put the flaps down, stamped on the brakes and prayed to Mother Mary with all of his soul.  Amidst roaring engines, squealing of tires and lots of smoke, the plane screeched to a halt inches from the end of the runway, much to the relief of Paddy and Shamus and everyone on board.

As they sat in the cockpit regaining their composure, Paddy looked out the front window and said to Shamus “Dat has gotta be de shortest runway I have EVER seen in me whole life”.

Shamus looked out the side window and replied “Yeah Paddy, but look how wide it is”.

Webster defines perspective as a mental view or outlook.  It was C.G. Jung that put it well when he said “It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how things are in themselves. The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.”

Growing up on a farm, one vivid memory I had was the country music that came from the radio of our pickup.  I think I was nine or ten years old when one song confused me.   The singer was John Conlee, and the song was titled – Rose Colored Glasses.

Some of the lyrics- “These rose colored glasses….. that I’m looking through…. Show ooo…….nly the beauty, cause they hide all the truth, And they let me hold on to the good times, the good lines, The ones I used to hear when I held you.

I can remember asking my Dad what it meant to where rose colored glasses (as it confused me). And he explained that the man in the song wanted to see the good and did not want to see the bad.

In case you’ve been busy with your day-to-day and haven’t had your rose colored glasses on to see all the positive economic news on the horizon in Tama County – you can contact our office and we will get you up-to-date on all the great things happening in the county.



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