R.L.VOORHEES REPORT January 2001
100 YEARS AGO, THE turn-of-the-century was a much bigger event. True, they did have big celebrations a year early, when 1900 rolled around. But, the entrepreneurs recovered enough to remind citizens 1900 wasnt really the start of the new century The celebration bash to bring in the year 1901 was almost as big. So, why not this year? Truth is we were just worn-out with all the hoopla for Y2K . Even though most people understand now, the new year --- and the new millennium --didnt-- start until January 1st of this year, people just werent ready to celebrate (or to become fearful) again ---so soon---.
But; there are good reasons to take time and ponder the significance of the New Year. It is a milestone in history. It happens only once in a thousand years. In fact, this one really only happens once-every-two-thousand-years. It is the beginning of a new celestial year (the beginning of the Age of Aquarius (science has only begun to understand the significance and accuracy of the ancient astrological celestial calendars and their relationship to cosmic activity).
AND THEN THERE WAS THE ELECTION . Bush is to be our next President. We (the Watchman) were wrong about Gore winning the election. But, were we? Gore won the popular vote. Gore probably won the most votes in Florida. But, the fortunes of war the circumstances of having a Republican controlled Florida election machine, and a Republican nominated U.S. Supreme Court combined to give Bush the victory.
Maybe, this isnt all bad. The election had the effect of exposing some of the weaknesses in our election system. The majority is so thin, perhaps we will get the best of all the campaign promises. The McCain election finance reform will likely go through. Some of the better Republican finance promises may get enacted. We will at least have a bent toward sanctity of life in the new administration. The country appears to have accepted Bush as the new President. Everyone wishes him well. Maybe the next four years will bring us more good times
But, --- as we keep saying; the new millennium will bring us a lot of changes --- perhaps not right away --- but, attitudes are changing . There will be new challenges in global warming and fossil fuel use There is a change in sentiment among the people. We are not sure what we want. This was proven by the close election. There is a yearning for finding more meaning to life. If Dr. Arnold Toynbee is right. We will find it in a new interest in religion. The election of Bush will push us in that direction
( Except that the Lord raise him up, he would not be the King .) .OR, maybe Garrison Keeler (PBS radio) was right, Sandra Day OConnor (Supreme Court) selected our new President.
We have a great faith in our political system. But, it
does appear our Supreme Court may have
selected our new President. However, the Court seems to have probably reflected the will of the people.
· There does seem to be general enthusiasm or, expression of trust by the people, in the Cabinet selections Bush has made.
We can hope for a good few years where there is increasing resistance to urban sprawl where there is greater interest in finding a sense of community in new cities and towns. Perhaps, CONCHO will become the place to be. We are progressing with our plans. More later
So, what will the New Year bring us? Surprises What they will be, no one can yet tell. The weather, a highly volatile world economy, and a sense of being disenfranchised by the system - by minority voters in the last election all could bring on changes in the country - in 2001 .
In 20 years, we will look back on a drastically changed world. When these changes will occur (or, when we will recognize the changes), we can only guess.
There are some signs of what is to come in 2001- on the horizon:
· Unemployment is rising.
· Consumer confidence is on the wane.
· World trade deficits are rising
· The oceans are rising (may mean global warming is upon us.)
· There is unrest in the soul of the Nation.
· Someone will try out the atom bomb within the next 20 years. (Daniel Moynahan)*
*It will likely not be in 2001 but, WHO KNOWS?
· Fears of recession have replaced fears of inflation as a priority concern in economic circles
· The NASDAQ stock prices are off an average of 40%---- This could be the start of a major recession --- certainly a reality check for those who thought the stock market could only go up.
· The Arab \ Israeli situation remains volatile . It could set off a MidEast war.
· Russia is showing signs of Empire Building and Saber Rattling again. (They will be helping Castro in Cuba again in an attempt to gain influence in the Western Hemisphere.
SO; - WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
(Yes, its our usual answer . Lets all go to Concho.)
In Concho, the living is good. The Skiing is good. The golfing is good. Well preserve the old west atmosphere. What goes on in-the-rest-of-the-World will not seem so important ..
Yes, we are progressing in Concho. No; things are not going at the speed we would like them to, but ------ they are moving.
Local residents in Concho want to be assured we will preserve the rural Character and Western ambience of the area (we assure them we want to maintain the character of the area as bad as do they.) New residents will not want to move the area to see more mindless-urban-sprawl.
We still do not know on the disposition of the Concho Country Club and related assets. We still do not know if we will be the successful bidder on these assets. We are still awaiting the go-ahead on development in the Concho Park Estates subdivision (now to be known as Shiloh Village - as a part of a clustered village master plan for the Concho area. But, Outback Developers LLC will be building the first model homes before long.
We are working with local citizens on the Master Plan for the entire Concho area. The Governor of Arizona under the Growing Smarter initiative has mandated a master plan to be at least initially in place by the end of 2001 (it appears there is some resistance in the Concho area to the idea of being mandated by the Governor. This will only take some more discussion.)
SURE, we would like a few hundred of our readers to move to Concho right away to help with the plan ..help with the building .help make it the kind of community you would like it to be. But, we recognize you would like us to get things a bit more organized and predictable before that starts.
Lets make 2001 the year of the break-through in development in Concho Let us launch the New Millennium from Concho.
We want to be the model for a new approach to rural/urban development. We want to demonstrate that life quality can be restored in the planning process.
-----Maybe just maybe- Concho will begin to take shape as the model/ planned community/ city it was proclaimed to be when it was first designed some 20 years agoin 2001 ..
Many of our Hawaiian and- Japanese readers, who are owners of lots in the Concho area should take note, we are progressing. We will be in touch by letter, when we can better assure you we are building the community you were promised. Well get there .
Well make some predictions for the New Year:
· We will have over 100 new home owners in Concho during 2001
· We will get a Master Plan in place for the Concho area during 2001
· Concho will become a familiar address Nationwide- during 2001
· The Dow Jones average will reach 12,000 in 2001
· The NASDAQ stock averages will fall to under 2,000 sometime in 2001
· There will be some kind of regional war started in 2001
· Mexico will become a world player on the economic scene under its new President. This will become real to us during 2001. (We may hear the whoosh of jobs going across the border Ross Perot predicted some years ago and a slow-down of people coming to the U.S. to work, as President Fox has predicted.)
We hope you all had a merry Christmas and, a Happy New Year.
REMEMBER, lets make 2001 the year of the framing of the Concho. a model community, -a new place to-be, a new home-on-the-range that youve always wanted.
For more information, contact us a 1-800-383-2489 or 602-867-9700. Look us up on the internet at www.heritagewest2000.com, or contact us at the address below.
til next time,
Russ Voorhees <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Heritage West 2000
PO Box 486
Concho, AZ 85924