The price of progress

This being the 100th anniversary of the 1913 flood made me start thinking about the state of Tiffin after that horrible time. I’m sure there were people who hoped another flood would never happen, while other people rightly assumed it was much more likely to occur again. They had a choice, to build a flood wall or not. Most everyone benefited to some degree by the decision to build the wall, even now, 100 years later.

We admire Fred Zoeller, who is now looking to the future of Tiffin and Seneca County, just as our forefathers did when considering the wall. His plan, while everyone may not agree with it, is still a plan, which no one else has come up with. We’ve lost too many of our youth because they have no opportunities here. One of the major considerations for a business or industry when looking for a place to locate is the roads. We need to keep up or be left behind.

Unlike Findlay, we don’t have the huge flooding problem because many years ago, the people of Tiffin made a sacrifice and protected the area from floods. But, unlike Findlay, nothing was done about the road situation. They have all the jobs and we have too few. It seems to me, Fred is attempting to look to our future and put this area back on track with a reasonable attempt to improve Seneca County. Let’s show the Ohio Department of Transportation we care about the future and growing Tiffin and our county back into the thriving community it once was.

While it is true ODOT is responsible for maintaining the state highways, sometimes a little push helps to encourage the state and show that Seneca County, just like Delaware, Franklin, Union and a few other counties in the Columbus area, are part of the state, and we would like some of the same consideration they seem to benefit from.

We need to learn from the past, not live in it.

Fred and Kay Zirger,