* How much impact a single issue can make on our thinking about so many others.
I have been kicking around ideas for weeks on how the state of our economy has made everything else seem trivial, and I have wondered if it’s only me.
Then I saw a press release from Florida Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples, announcing the results of an annual poll of constituents.
Last year 55 percent of them told Grady economic issues rank No. 1.
This year, 72 percent.
The economic concerns are so strong that they push back other issues that local folks traditionally hold near and dear.
Improving schools fell from 23 percent to 15 percent, and the environment fell all the way from 15 percent to 3 percent.
Grady comments that local jobs creation beats health-care reform, wars and offshore oil for his Naples-based District 76, and that calls for a good dose of getting government out of the way and lowering taxes.
n How much difference a single new road segment can make to an area.
When they tally the projects that really make a difference, the new Estero Parkway/Interstate 75 flyover ought to be right up there.
It is one sweet ride, bringing neighbors, shoppers, sports fans and Florida Gulf Coast University students and staff closer to where they want and need to go.
Now you can get from east to west at that busy center of the universe without having to use Corkscrew or Alico roads.
The flyover also gives you another option for getting to Southwest Florida International Airport to the north — if you really, absolutely, positively refuse to go on I-75.
The addresses at lovely neighborhoods’ subdivisions along Estero Parkway — formerly Koreshan Boulevard — such as Cascades, The Reserve and Belle Lago instantly get even better.
Other great road segments in my top 10 list include the widened U.S. 41 East; the widened U.S. 41 North — in north Collier as well as south Lee, except Estero, of course; Vanderbilt Beach Road from Airport-Pulling Road to Collier Boulevard; Livingston Road; the widened Everglades Boulevard.
Pine Ridge Road between U.S. 41 and Airport-Pulling Road remains the road from hell.
* How some good news stories manage to fly under the radar and out of the paper.
Collier County commissioners have said no to considering charter government, a form of which could give them fuller control over independently elected constitutional officers, and done away with plans for mandatory real estate pre-sale code inspections.
Naples City Council, meanwhile, has dealt with roof decks that allowed neighbors on one side to sit up there and peep down on neighbors on the other side.
* How much we love our cats and dogs in Collier and Lee counties.
Our big story and databank from last Sunday makes it clear how much we treat them like family members with human names and such.
Yet, if we really love them, we would spay and neuter them more and set aside more places for them and us to play together — i.e., dog parks.
Don’t have to build new ones; just use the ones we have in a more canine-friendly way.
As our story/databank showed, there is a big constituency for doing that.
* How much can go on in a single weekend around here, and it’s not even season yet.
Last weekend alone there was a big-name rock concert and pro hockey at Germain Arena, a mega-parade in downtown Naples and swamp buggy races in the boonies, a huge high-school football game and tons of other smaller ones, a festival to celebrate the Imperial River in Bonita Springs, and a free concert at Naples’ Cambier Park to celebrate the pops and classical music as performed by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
Thanks. We needed that. It put a little spring — or late fall — in our step.
* How Gov. Charlie Crist took so much heat for taking the stage with President Barack Obama in Fort Myers, only to be bashed even harder by conservatives for not showing up at all for Obama’s Arcadia solar-power visit.
Maybe it had something to do with Crist’s reason why, that he did not know Obama was around.
Lytle is editorial page editor of the Daily News. His e-mail address is email@example.com. Call him at 263-4773. Check his blog at naplesnews.com/blogs/jefflytle