I am writing in response to several letters to the editor, one of which asked the question, "What is happening to Spring Grove?"

Let me respond by listing some things that have happened to Spring Grove.

Driving downtown 15 years ago you would not have seen the cinema, the art gallery, fitness center, two great restaurants and larger hardware and grocery stores that towns our size usually have.

Several non-profits have emerged and flourished in recent years, adding cultural depth to our community: Giants of the Earth, Bluff Country Artists Gallery and Families for Education spring to mind.

The public library has grown from a small collection in a log cabin, open a couple of days a week and run by dedicated volunteers, to a full-service media center that enhances the lives of everyone who uses it.

This is "what is happening to Spring Grove"! These are the reasons that many young families have come home. Most probably never dreamed of returning, but mention these assets among the reasons they came back.

As one who is fortunate to live and work here, rarely do I need to leave town for anything. From entertainment, to gifts, to groceries, it's all here. This was not always the case. Those who want things to be the way they were should stop and think.

While this is not necessarily what the previous letters were addressing, it is worth mentioning all that we have, thanks to dedicated small-business owners and volunteers.

As a former city council member, the hardest thing I ever had to do was raise taxes on my friends, family and neighbors. No one wants to do it, but sometimes it has to be done.

True, the Main Street project will be expensive, but it will be far less expensive to do it now than to wait five or 10 years when we will get no funding from the state.

Despite the tough economy, not doing the project now would be irresponsible. The construction period will be a challenging time for the community, but once completed, it will serve us well in years ahead.

We need to keep future generations in mind when we consider improvements to our community. I don't want the next generation of taxpayers to tear up the road and wonder why we didn't do it right? Why we didn't think long term?

Let's avoid electing people whose sole objective is to cut. Such a stance delays the inevitable. There are always ways to save, but we ought not do it just to save ourselves in the present.

Make sure Spring Grove is a livable place in the future. I, for one, hope to be enjoying it for a long time.

In closing, a few wise words from President Kennedy: "For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."

Sarah J. Holland

Spring Grove