Thursday, June 2, 2011
"Under Construction" seems to be an appropriate way to begin this blog, to test the waters and find my way. There is so much going on around my neighborhood, not all of it good. Yes, the streets are getting paved and sidewalks put in where there had been none. New exits are being constructed as I type. The town is putting a lot of work into rebuilding and revitalizing our Main Street area, an effort that is centered on our history and connection to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So far, things are going as scheduled.
But I wonder. Tommy the paver seems happy to have a job, resurfacing the street outside my little home. The exits on the other side are also on schedule, but the couch, abandoned and derelict, speaks to something more disturbing - are we just sitting, watching this happen while other things are neglected? Our educational system is in shreds. Too many people are idle, with nothing to do, no purpose to their lives. The education they received does not qualify them for even the most menial tasks -- and those jobs are disappearing, too.
Yes, the sidewalks are needed, as are the new exits but there seems to be such a gap between the work that needs to be done, and the people to do the work. We have plenty of people, but so few who can do the jobs required in today's society. Are we building the correct kind of bridges?