The Good

There seems to be quite a bit of good news coming out of the city of Camdenton. Farther away from the retail and lakefront development that has taken place in recent years in Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, it appears city officials, the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are working toward a common goal of promoting economic development and growth within the city limits. This week we reported on several businesses that have invested in rehabbing existing space to maintain storefronts in Camdenton along U.S. Highway 54, not only improving their businesses but the image of the city. That type of partnership among the city, chamber and business owners translates into a stronger tax base and enhances community development.

The Bad

Shame on us if we don’t take time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day or Declaration Day as it used to be called. The day set aside to honor the men and women who have given their lives in the fight for freedom, the original intent of the holiday often gets overlooked. Over the years Memorial Day seems to have become less about honoring those who died while in the armed services than a weekend dedicated to kicking off the summer travel and recreation season. As we rush around, head out on the water and generally try to cram as much fun into the weekend as possible, don’t forget what we are truly celebrating. Many of us will gather with family and friends this weekend to celebrate. It’s a good time to remember the freedom and quality of life we enjoy and honor those who have died while serving to protect it.

The Ugly

As we get ready for the Memorial Day weekend, it’s a good time to remember that common sense and courtesy can go a long way in preventing tragedies. It can get ugly out there on the roads and on the water as our summer population arrives. As you take to the highways or the waterways this weekend, remember to always have a sober chauffeur and to buckle up.

Being aware of your surroundings and staying alert can ensure a safe outing. On the water watch for running lights, noting other boats, their direction and their expected course in relationship to your own. On a holiday weekend when the number of boats on the water soars, it's even more important.