Opinion: Have hope as ’17 dawns

Here we are – some would say thankfully – nearing the end of 2016. For our community, it mostly was a fine year, especially in terms of progressive growth and development as well as infrastructure improvements we couldn’t have imagined even 10 years ago. Our “world” is changing, and it is doing so for the better, we believe. Outside the local environs it was tumultuous, to say the least. The presidential election was a shock to many on both sides of the aisle, but the run-up to Nov. 8 was a war-torn effort that was equally, if not more so, a train wreck. We once termed primary season a clown show; that didn’t do it justice. With apologies to our soon-to-be former first lady who said she doubts otherwise, we all should retain some sense of hope that what is wrong in our midst will be made whole at some point soon. Without hope, what is there? We prefer to not even contemplate that. In life, we’re often told to play the hand we’re dealt, and doing so really is as simple as this equation: E+R=O, or event plus response equals outcome. We believe if you seek the bad, probably it will be bad, and if you seek the good, probably it will be good. People have pointed fingers at us for focusing on “bad things.” We do that on occasion in the interest of protecting our readers’ rights. So as we prepare to turn yet another calendar page, we’re hoping for the good – with stability – and all things growth in 2017. Here’s to you, and Happy New Year from all of us at Current Publishing.