Last one of 2011.
Over at The Stranger Slog, they were asking the question, "Will 2012 be a better year than 2011?"
Poor 2011 is widely perceived as a pretty stinky year. For my family, I feel blessed and cannot offer a complaint; we are working on our health and my sons have progressed in their education.
But oh, what about the rest of the country? There's a lot of turmoil and suffering out there and it is sad and painful to see. Out in the world, though, Osama bin Laden is no more and the Egyptian spring led to a great many uprisings that may change the face of the countries in the Persian Gulf. For better or worse? That remains to be seen.
I fear we are going to have a fairly ugly Presidential race. I feel like we've already had a long season of presidential campaigning and it's just the Republicans making their choice for a candidate. It could be a long, hot summer.
But folks, we're Americans. Eternally optimistic and hopeful and willing to work hard. Just as I feel we are on the cusp of something great in our district, I feel our country is going to right its course as well.
I don't want to allow myself to go into the New Year without hope and a willingness to try to make things better.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year and be careful out there.