Was their political capital to be gained from all this? Maybe there should have been more, but many public officials lost, even though they supported the Heartland. O’Bannon even lost Wabash County after cutting the ribbon that finally brought the highway to it that Tanner and Porter had so desperately sought.
In the end, the road to progress, as a saying goes, is always under construction. So it is with any major project that benefits so many people in so many ways from college students driving late at night to get home or back to college to a small manufacturer whose livelihood depends on on-time delivery.
Could we do this all over again if we had to do it? I don’t know. I hope we can forge alliances in many ways and accomplish many things for the greater good in this community, this area and this state. But if there are those out there who say we can’t, remember the folks who said we’d never build the highway we now have. Remember them — prove them wrong.
Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.