Mark’s Musings – April 10, 2013

| April 9, 2013
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

To talk about anything light, I believe, would take away from the tragedies that have befallen our community over the past two weeks. Someone asked me this morning, “What is happening in our world?” They meant here in Coshocton County but it goes much further than that. I wish I had the proper response to that question. We do know that we live in a fallen world, and the celebration of Easter just last Sunday certainly gives us hope and the promise of something better than this world.

There are too many families grieving over the loss of a loved one right now. And families, relatives and friends are grieving over the circumstance of each loss. What can we do as a hurting community? Be there for those that need our support, comfort, love and prayers. In each of these recent incidents, a life was lost and a family is suffering from that loss. We also need to remember the families that have been affected by someone’s actions. This pain will continue to affect all of those involved. I believe that the people of our community will be there when needed as always.

There is so much going on in our world and if you are not listening (maybe sometimes on purpose) you can miss the hurt, the pain and the suffering being endured around the world. I know this is not the typical flavor of this column but sometimes events bring forth a different purpose and direction of writing. This is one of those weeks.

I tend to “surf” the radio dial (and of course the TV too much to my wife’s chagrin) and it is utterly amazing to me the amount of bad news and good news you can pick up in a week. Everything from mountain rescues on the good side to the recent tirades of North Korea’s dictator on the negative tilt. Speaking of leaders, I heard this morning that Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died. Thatcher was a true leader, possessing courage, spunk and a big heart. The courage to stand up to Britain’s political machine and make positive changes that helped renew the roar of the English Lion. A true friend to the U.S., Thatcher kept her commitments despite the potential losses it may have caused her on a personal level. Agree with her views or not, the world needs more leaders like Margaret Thatcher.

Our community is poised on the brink of a huge influx of workers for the pipeline project. Pipe is staged at a site on Papermill Road here in Coshocton County. The pipeline will carry ethane from the Marcellus and Utica shale to an existing pipeline terminus in Indiana. You can find out more about the pipeline at The pipeline will run through the southern part of Coshocton County and runs about one third into Indiana where it will connect to an existing ATEX Express Pipeline. That pipeline will then reverse the flow to the Texas gulf coast refineries.

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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