At its Tuesday meeting, the Lake County Commission approved two driveways for the new Madison Community Hospital to enter and exit the bypass on the south side of town.
Ah, glorious bean field, soon to become a beacon of medical hope to the sick and injured. I can just picture feeling at ease as I swing into the entrance at 10th and Union, gazing upon the glittering new building, its gleaming glass and brick and steel assuring me the finest care money can buy.
And then my gaze drifts west to those beautiful trees and—wait a minute. What's that?
Tombstones? A cemetery?! Aaaahh! Help! Get me out of here!
There could be some efficiencies here. Get Ted Weiland to move his funeral home down between the hospital and cemetery, and we could just move the dearly departed from hospital to mortuary to cemetery on a conveyor belt.
I get the feeling the hospital will be planting a lot of fast-growing trees and bushes.
The hospital's second driveway will be 700 feet east of the Union entrance. The Catholic church's cemetery entrance is 700 feet west. Ambulance drivers, please keep that straight.
But hey, pilots flying into Madison aren't deterred by the cemetery just off to the side of their runway.