“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” – Herbert Spencer
While there is a debate as to whether those words were written by Herbert Spencer or William Paley, the words ring as true today as when they were written.
Durand’s proposed “Project Tim” remains a mystery to me, leaving my imagination to run amok and making it impossible for me to develop an informed opinion. All I know is that it involves change, and change is difficult. And inevitable.
I have seen change. I grew up in the nearby village of Bancroft and can remember when it offered almost everything our family needed in a small town: grocery stores, churches, hardware, clothing, and appliance stores, a lumber yard, restaurants and bars, even Mabel’s Ice Cream Parlor.
Bancroft has changed.
Is Project Tim the change we need to keep Durand alive and for it to thrive? Are 800 acres of farmland and the corresponding industrial footprint a wise trade-off for jobs, an expanded tax base and opportunities for business growth? Does it fit the “First do no harm” principle?
I don’t know. But I do know that I’ll wait until the facts are in before I oppose it. I have watched Grand Rapids and other Michigan cities grow into prosperous communities with quality jobs for themselves and their children, and if someone is offering us the opportunity to do the same for our future generations, I plan to listen with an open mind.
Kathy Olund, Durand