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Big projects won’t restore citizens’ trust

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 6:08 a.m. CDT

When Dixon first announced that it was attempting to get the TIGER grant for another riverfront project, I publicly said that while I hoped Dixon would get the grant, I would not attach my name in support of it. Why would I do such a thing?

Our society measures success based on dollar signs and material possessions. I am proud of the fact that I see beyond that. A Riverfront project, a sports complex, or even a pool will not heal the rift between the governed and the governing in Dixon.

Trust is something money cannot buy, and in the era of corporate and wealthy greed that we live in, the average citizens are waking up to this, as evidenced by the fact that the city of Dixon failed to meet its goal for signatures in support of the TIGER grant project.

I do not mean to discourage any citizens who have been involved with these projects, especially the Riverfront. It has, in my opinion, turned Dixon into the shining jewel of the Sauk Valley. Clearly, the Riverfront was never intended to be a short-term project; it is long term, and good things do come to those who wait.

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