Friday, July 17, 2009 By Aaron Brown
Every town should have someone like Bob Kitchen and many do, but who will take their place when they're gone? As you read in the story, Bob often signed his letters with the closing "the clock is still ticking." I like that. The clock is ticking for the Iron Range. Time is limited. Time is precious. Bob may be irreplaceable but his work can continue. The question is when will the next generation, or the one after it, step up in the small towns here on the Iron Range or everyone else? That, in a nutshell, is at the heart of our economic and cultural problems.