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I had always thought that some day, when I was older, I’d let my hair grow out. Grow really long. I always had the hankering to grow it out like any of the many rock ‘n’ roll idols I had way back when. But long hair was frowned upon by my supervising adults. I probably could have gotten away…

We saw a couple sets of statistics this past week that made us stop and think a bit about our communities. One was the latest county-by-county population estimates, which showed growth in our area. The other was a report on real gross domestic product, listed county by county, and more growth.