President's Message - The Road Not Taken


President's Message
The Road Not Taken

A good bedtime read can often be found in the poetry of one of America's greatest poets - Robert Frost.

It was an eye-opening experience to read again his The Road Not Taken offering. As opposed to the normal eye-closing yawn before the light is turned off, it became an awakening. The first and last verses say it all:


The roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The question that has to be resolved is in the second line of the last verse: Somewhere ages and ages hence. The use of the word hence implies, from this point on, and could unlock our current American political conundrum. Does the Trump victory over Hillary Clinton identify the road "one less traveled?"

What are your thoughts on the future objectives of Tennessee RC&D? Will the Trump administration help expand and develop the RC&D program so that it may adequately serve Tennessee residents?

Even at this early start of the administration's proposal to have fewer restrictions on farming, it has created a stalemate in Congress. Anything new could result in court challenges. Cuts in farm subsidies during what one congressman described as the "worst slump since the depression" would be "wrongheaded."

Much has already been written about choosing a "new road" for America to follow. Credit is being given to rural voters for Trump's victory, however, you will recall in December of 2012, the quotation "Rural America, with a shrinking population, is becoming less and less relevant to politics of this country."

Now it is time to admit - we don't know where our new road leads, Mr. Frost, and therefore we're looking forward to our annual RC&D meeting August 17-18, 2017, hosted by the Hull-York Lakeland Council. The location is Fall Creek Falls State Park. The scenery will be special, but how many of our members will participate in the rock climbing venue is unknown.

A special Bell Ringer trophy will be presented to 3 council members
who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to their
council and community.

The agenda for the meetings is now being prepared.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Bill G Williams, President
Tennessee RC&D Council