The road up ahead comes to a T. You’re driving on a multi-lane highway and there’s an obstacle ahead.

You have to make a decision in each case – one which could be unworthy of committing to memory or could be the defining moment in your life.

Hard to say which, until, of course, the decision is made and you’ve made that turn or changed lanes.

You can do your best to ensure you’ve made the right decision – check to see if you can switch lanes safely or planned ahead and know which way to turn before the trip is made.

But the rest? The rest is up to chance, providence and perhaps the Chaos Theory in action. Or maybe, just maybe you’ve crossed over into the Twilight Zone.

Be careful dismissing any of the possibilities – maybe changing lanes to the left means avoiding a horrid crash or being in one, or perhaps turning to right at that T means stumbling upon something you were always hoping to find.

It happens.

Right now, El Campo city leaders are in those cars moving toward those decision points and each isn’t quite as obvious as that hypothetical T in the road.

There’s a trunkful of those “turning point decisions” right now – how to respond to the ongoing development of I-69 and attracting businesses to the frontage roads, the proposed rail warehouse, downtown revitalization, infrastructure, parks, how to deal with the possibility of overall growth, how to respond if it just doesn’t happen and, no doubt a few hundred more.

Those decisions aren’t made arbitrarily. The paid staff and elected officials pull from experience, dozens if not hundreds of studies, experts and assurances as well as input from you – the passengers in those cars rolling toward choices good and bad.

Do you double check the blind spots for those drivers letting them know it’s safe to change lanes? Or do you snuggle down in the back seat and go to sleep, confident you need not worry?

On that right hand turn at the T, did you already know about the lost load from the semi blocking the road?

Did you speak up?

Or, did you stay silent, then, after a course had been committed to, curse the choice?

Things are changing here in El Campo and with each change another handful of choices need to be made.

Good or bad?

That depends on at least to a small extent you.

Being involved in your community is always a good idea, but right now it just may be vital.

El Campo’s identity is being shaped with each of these decisions – these turns in the road – and keeping touch with its roots should be a part of it.

So we may not be behind the wheel as El Campo heads down the road, but shouldn’t we help read the map?

– Shannon Crabtree is editor & publisher of the El Campo Leader-News.

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