What's that old saying? Hindsight is 20/20. Got it, but i have a better one...shortsighted is simply stupidity personified. Seriously, i agonize often how we failed this community while i was on the board. And i take no satisfaction that i voted and railed against it. So what caused this pang of guilt? Easy; i attended the long range planning committee yesterday as a guest. My good friend Ben Roloff was giving a short presentation on behalf of the Life Long Learning club. Turns out another friend Don Schordje was also giving a presentation on the need for a theater for the Sun City Players (and other performing artists). Hence you sense my frustration. Both these presentations should have been given years ago. Tough to do though when you consider the board disbanded the long range planning committee 5 years back. The reality is both these clubs need more/better space and the only way to understand those needs is to look at what is happening in age restricted communities across the country. Unfortunately we had no foresight and simply felt the best thing we could do was kill the committee and commit to an all-golf-all-the time long range plan. Nope, don't hate golf, hate the fact we didn't/couldn't/wouldn't allow the community at large into a discussion about our future. At least we have one now, i think. Seems like good people on the committee willing to work. I was a bit dismayed when the first topic on the agenda was golf course maintenance out-buildings. The director of golf was there and they didn't want to tie him up so they asked their questions and let him go. If you've paid any attention to the current long range plan, there's 750K directed to those old equipment sheds with one being replaced near on yearly. The good news is both the South course and Willowbrook/Willowcreek have been done in the past several years. The bad news is both were over budget and worse the ones on the books in all likelihood won't get done for the projected costs. And if you've paid any attention to my writings in the past, you'll note those building get assessed back to centers, not golf...really? There's way more, but before i go there, i need take a deep breath and break this post into multiple sections. I know i ramble on, but for folks who take the time to read this i want it to sink in...our future is at stake.