The Lehigh Valley loses out on the proposed “Bicycling Hall of Fame”. The Lehigh Valley was removed from consideration for the location of the “Hall of Fame” this week. Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham had offered 8 acres of property next to the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown for the hall. The county could not offer a long-term financial commitment to the Hall of Fame’s relocation committee. Apparently the world renowned cycling tradition of the Velodrome was not enough to overcome the significant financial commitment proposed by the two remaining contenders, Davis California and Greensboro North Carolina.

We are certainly in a recession and 2009 will probably be a bad year. This is the first recession in 17 years and a new experience for many young folks. People – Don’t panic it is not the end of the world. It is in fact nothing new. The simple truth is that our system, capitalism, moves in cycles of boom and bust. It is bust time in the cycle and that means recession. This is not the first recession and it won’t be the last. Politicians and the media would have you think that this is the “end of the world” and the “worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930’s” and they would be totally wrong. Those of us that are older or students of history know that they are wrong.

Let me suggest to the younger people in America to do a little historical reading about our great country and you might put yourself at ease over this current recessionary period. In a recession, many people are affected but the great majority of businesses will not fail. Remember the old adage – “glass half full” or “glass half empty”. 10 % unemployment means 90% of the workers in the country are still at work. We do need to help the 10% get back to work but panic and paranoia from our government in billions of wasted dollars will not get that 10% in lifelong meaningful jobs.