A FEW YEARS AGO, the word community really had only one meaning. The dictionary at my desk contains a defi- nition that defines community as "all of the people living in a particular district, city, etc."

But these days, community has gone beyond geography and also refers to any group of people who has something in common, besides living in the same town or neighborhood. Included among these would be ethnic, racial, and religious communities. The Internet has had a lot to do with this. Now, a person can belong to the same community as someone down the street, or as easily as someone on the other side of the earth. It's a lot easier to find other people who have something in common with you.

The global economy also links faraway nations together as never before. Listen to the stock market report in the morning. At one time, what happened on Wall Street almost always impacted the rest of the world's markets. Now, news from the Asian and European markets impacts the U.S. just as much.

I thought about this as we were putting together the issue you are holding in your hands or reading on your computer. Each year, World of Concrete brings together people from all 50 states and from dozens of countries. Looking at the winners of the shows' various editorial events drives this home. They come from all over the nation and further but have one thing in common: the desire to attend World of Concrete so they can become more efficient and successful concrete producers and contractors.

It not only happens every winter in Las Vegas. Producers gather at a host of conferences, meetings, and trade shows across the nation throughout the year. As business continues to be challenging, it is more important than ever to seek others to find what is working and what is not. That is what a community is for.

Letter to the Editor I just read the comments in this month's (February-March 2012, page 9) THE CONCRETE PRODUCER.

Since I grew up in the 1960s, I could easily relate to your comments on the music of that era. I still remember how much I enjoyed loading my own ready-mix truck, checking the slump, lighting a cigarette, and heading down the highway to the John Denver hit "Country Roads."

Times continue to change. My 29-year-old daughter and 25-year-old son work in our familyowned ready-mix and construction business. We recognize that business can survive in the third-generation. So embrace the changes.

— Bill Yohn Yohn-Co, Clear Lake, La.

Quick Poll February-March Results:

Do you restrict your drivers' cellphone and/or texting while on the job?


We have moved beyond cell/text usage to include all operators (mixer, loader, light vehicle) signing a pledge to not use tobacco, use seatbelts, use lights at all times, keep interiors/exteriors clean, and put GOAL (Get Our And Look) stickers on all dashes. Our incidents and accident claims are down 60% over the last year. — Curtis

We have not been able to control it. We are in the process of making a new policy. — Steve

Our drivers are not allowed to have a phone while on the clock. Doing so would result in their termination. — Joe

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