People who know Cache Valley call it a hidden treasure. Having relocated from the better-known, but equally fascinating, city of London, I could not agree more. The valley is a land of stunning mountains and resorts, dairy farms, small towns, modest cities, higher education, multilingual workforce, friendly people, loyal summer citizens, safe living space, and excellent performing arts and cultural events. Cache has grown leaps and bounds over the last 10,000 years since its occupation by prehistoric hunter-gatherers who were of the Shoshone and other indigenous tribes.
This fall marked another developmental milestone when the $11 million intersection at 200 East and Center Street opened to traffic. Spanning 2.7 miles from 1400 North to 300 South, the Logan segment of the 200 East Corridor succeeds in helping to alleviate the traffic overload on Main Street as intended. Eventually, when the township of River Heights has the capacity and need to support a further extension, the corridor would provide a through passage of 12 miles from Smithfield in the north of Cache Valley all the way to Millville in the south.
Because of the new options it offers, each time I walk over the elegant extension over the Merlin Olsen Park or explore along the trail and waterway under and around the “ramp”, I am drawn to the sense of freedom, openness, and possibility! My friends like to tease me for having a Chinese proverb for every occasion. This one is three-dimensional – hai kuo tian kong (海阔天空). It is about the amplitude of the oceans and the immensity of the skies. It is about our fondest dreams and wildest aspirations, and the unlimited potential we are each born with in realizing them. It also happens to be the title of a popular Chinese song about holding on tight to our ideals.
With the opening of the new intersection come corresponding changes. Now the two-way stops on 200 East have been replaced by four-way stops on 200 East and Center Street, which may at some point be replaced by traffic lights if warranted in a traffic signals study. Like traffic lights, stop signs are recommended for intersections with a designated level of high speeds, high traffic volumes, restricted views, and crash history as a way to reassure safety for all concerned. Occasional slow traffic notwithstanding, drivers must come to a clear and complete stop at a stop sign in order to make sure that all is clear before proceeding.
Traffic signals are a great invention. They regulate the flow of traffic and help keep us safe on the road. They also serve as a constant reminder of choice and consequence. As commuters, we can take advantage of our travels to hone our skills and mindset in being attentive, civil, responsible, and appreciative, as well as in exercising our best judgment. There are many opportunities to practice when to stay on or change course and when to yield or take the initiative. There are also ample situations in which we need to apply wisdom in and balance between caution and risk-taking. Isn’t this also part of the essential life training we need in order to magnify our potential and fulfill our dreams and aspirations?
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<span>Dr. B. C. Sun is a Rotarian and the Founding Executive Director of Little Bloomsbury Foundation, an arts-related peace organization. An award-winning economist, she began her career on Wall Street, New York and was Vice President of Global Consumer Banking at Citibank and Basil Blackwell Fellow at London School of Economics where she earned her PhD. </span>
<span>This article contains excerpts from her Chinese proverb-based radio show “<em>La Doctora Sun, La Filósofa China</em>”, a production of Little Bloomsbury Studios. It is broadcast live in Spanish every Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. on <em>Juan FM</em> (104.5 FM) of Cache Valley Media Group. She may be reached at</span> <span>firstname.lastname@example.org</span><span>.</span>