The Coshocton County Beacon September 19, 2018 - Page 4

4 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com SEPTEMBER 19 , 2018

| OPINION | Letter to the Editor

Coshocton County is so much more than the sum of its individual parts as those that live here know very well . Sure , you can drive up and down the streets and look at the empty storefronts and not recognize that there are people working really hard to get them filled , retained and restored . Some have already made that move as the opening of a new restaurant on Third Street confirms .

We have people that have started breweries , wineries , and even a distillery . Not many small communities can boast that .
We have groups and organizations that are tasked with marketing our community working together and hand in hand to ensure that the positive vibes you feel about Coshocton County are real and are spread throughout the region .
Our parks , museums and libraries are a joy to visit and a great resource for tourism and locals alike . Roscoe Village remains a vibrant piece of the puzzle that is Coshocton County and the small business owners and Village officials that depend on tourism and locals make it a priority to be helpful , kind and courteous to our guests .
Sure , you can drive around and identify potholes and streets that need repaired . Name a city that doesn ’ t have that need in the state of Ohio ? But you would have to be missing your glasses to not notice the work being done in the Three Rivers Bridge area that includes the ramps , the land bridge as it is called and more . It will be a very inviting pathway to our community when completed . And just in case you were wondering , the concrete abutments are patterned after the sandstone on the

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locks . Very cool !
We have plenty of small business owners , manufacturing plants and many , many people involved in the agricultural sector of our community - growing and supplying food for the rest of the world . As part of that circle we have an award winning cheesery at Pearl that I went to with my Grandma as a kid in what me and my cousins called “ the Bubble ”. It was loads of fun , lots of memories and great cheese . Still is .
Next Friday the grand-daddy event of our community kicks off at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds as the 167th Coshocton County Fair hits the ground running with all of the smells , flavors and family friendly fun that we all love . Has it changed over the years ? The names and faces may have changed but a lot hasn ’ t and for many of us - that ’ s what we like about it . Friends and family from near and far can come to the fair and find things in pretty much the same place they were when they were kids . But there have been improvements - like the Grandstand and much more . And that ’ s what I like about it . There ’ s enough change in the world and it ’ s getting increasingly more difficult to keep up . Some things can stay the same and be successful .
I write several columns like this each year and each time that I do I am thankful to live here . Are we a perfect community ? Is anyone ? I imagine even New Albany or Granville have issues from time to time . Do we have challenges ? Sure do . Are they being worked on ? Yes - by some great people that only have our best interests at heart . You can ’ t ask for much more than that . What they do need is our support and encouragement .
To The Editor Things that once were perceived as “ good ” or “ bad ” for us may now be not . Growing up , milk was supposed to be good for us as was juice . Recent information has now begun to persuade us otherwise . Coffee often was identified as a beverage bad for the heart , now most anti-cancerous . One might say most anything used in moderation is not harmful . In my early school days at Lincoln Elementary , I well recall that we were asked what we had for breakfast . If you said cereal , eggs , juice , and perhaps fruit , you would get a shiny star on your chart . But , if you said my breakfast was coffee and crackers with cream on top as I did , it would be a minus without a star . Well , it seems that across my life , the star was not that important to my health . The coffee soup was delicious and now I hear nutritious !
Now , can we make some analogy of “ good ” and “ bad ” applied to today ’ s political climate or government context ? I remember the election of Dwight Eisenhower vs . Adlai Stevenson in the fifth grade . Our teacher , Eva Bantum had us make signs for the candidate we favored most . I am sure it was at an intellectual level that was non-issue based and perhaps reflected the preference of our parents .
In another analogy , if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election , the Supreme Court would most certainly not reflect the conservative trend of today . The “ good ” for many would likely be the reversal of Roe vs . Wade . No one who has ever had the experience of holding a newborn baby would say that abortion is good . But , another would say that no policy should deny a person ’ s right to control their own body . Regardless , whether a person is a liberal or conservative on either side of this issue , will abortion not be present in today ’ s culture ?
In discussions with those who support the current administration and those critical of it , I have heard it said that God wanted things this way . Confusion seems to abound in the good , the bad , and the ugly . In finding some sense of all that goes on today , could it be that the real “ confusion ” is what is really “ good ” or “ bad ” for all of us ?
Martin Baumgardner Warsaw

Daugherty , Shannon descendents gather

COSHOCTON – The descendents of the late Robert and Bernice Daugherty and the late Frank and Helen Shannon gathered Sept . 2 , at Keene United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall for a reunion .
Those attending were from Rockville , Md ., Virginia Beach , Va ., Columbus , Mount Vernon , Coshocton , Warsaw , Walhonding , and Fresno .
On Sept . 3 , the family of Martin and the late Marilyn Shannon Daugherty assembled at the home of Bill and Caroline Daugherty . There were 42 in attendance including Martin Daugherty , his five children , 13 grandchildren ; and 14 great-grandchildren .
On Sunday four generations of the Daugherty family were in attendance at Keene United Methodist Church . They were : Robert Martin Daugherty , David Martin Daugherty , Scott Martin Daugherty , Alexander Martin Daugherty , and Luke Daugherty .
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