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November 02, 2005


Visting Cache Valley after a 25 year absence, it's clear to me that you can't go home again.

And I almost wish I hadn't tried.

I found one part of Cache Valley that remains more or less the same. And perhaps the newly-dreaded mosquitoes will keep it that way.

Living in Cache Valley I ponder these questions daily. Yes. The valley is in decline. Local governments and the people alike share the blame.

The highway between Logan and Smithfield, for example, is a tribute to mediocrity, bad taste, and poor planning. Local officials have little imagination. They failed to study examples of good planning for similar corridors in other parts of the U.S. They should have applied stricter zoning laws and more progressive planning to provide better ingress and egress to the main highway, attractive landscaping, and required fully shielded outdoor lighting on all commercial buildings and parking lots to prevent light pollution. My observation, having served in local government, is that our officials are reluctant to find and study other communities, outside of Cache Valley that have found better solutions to the problems common to all growing cities. This is a community that still opposes emission testing on automobiles.

The people are to blame because they do not expect and demand better. Voter turnout is low for municipal elections. Planning experts and landscape architects from the nearby university are not serving on local planning commissions. Parents provide four wheelers for their children to drive up and down the dirt roads on the nearby national forest. The left hand fork of Blacksmith Canyon has been trashed by motorized recreation.

Not all, however, is lost. Three cities in the valley have adopted dark sky lighting ordinances. There is lots of solitude and beauty to be found on the nearby national forest. The view from the middle of the valley is unsurpassed. At least one large site in the middle of the valley has been changed from a dumping ground to a fully functioning wetland filled with wildlife.

You ask, "How many incredible trees equal one Wal-Mart?" Wal-Marts are a dime a dozen. An incredible tree is priceless.

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Books by H. Charles Romesburg

  • H. Charles Romesburg: The Life of the Creative Spirit

    H. Charles Romesburg: The Life of the Creative Spirit
    Practically all of the quotations in this blog's posts are collected in "The Life of the Creative Spirit."

  • H. Charles Romesburg: How About It, Writer?

    H. Charles Romesburg: How About It, Writer?
    Based on a study of more than 12,000 essays from the very best literary magazines, this book provides writers with lists of thousands of classic forms of opening sentences, titles, transition sentences, ways of saying "for example," and ways of closing nonfiction pieces. When you are writing an essay and want a hint for a better or fresh way of saying what you mean, looking through the lists acts on the imagination, stimulating your creativity. From Lulu Press (ISBN 1-4116-2862-4, 194 pp., softback), it's $16.95 when ordered from Lulu.com/Romesburg , and $22.95 from bookstores. To view its cover, click on www.cnr.usu.edu/romesburg/how_about_it_writer.htm To view its title page, contents, and first two chapters, click on: www.cnr.usu.edu/romesburg/how_about_it_writer_preview.pdf

  • H Charles Romesburg: Best Research Practices

    H Charles Romesburg: Best Research Practices
    The Saunterer’s new book (2009), Best Research Practices explains how to plan and carry out reliable experiments, how to conceive and circumstantially support research hypotheses, how to test research hypotheses with the hypothetico-deductive method, how to discover cause and effect, and more. It’s based on his examination of 5,000 top scientific articles, studying the methods used to produce reliable knowledge. Preview it on-line by going to the following link: http://print.google.com/print?isbn=9780557017836

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