I don’t know about you, but I’ll be happy to turn the page on 2012 and look forward to the optimism 2013 will ring in, a few hours from now. 2012 had its moments but by and large it was filled with more bad memories and anger filled drama than we’ve experienced in the last decade.
As we close out the year we’ve yet to resolve the fiscal cliff and all the battles that come with the looming debt, tax rates and out-of-control spending. But then, on the positive side, if you’re reading this we’ve survived the Mayan Calendar prediction that the world would come to an end at 6 a.m. on Dec. 21 so from that perspective one could assume 2012 could have been worse.
It just seems like 2012 left us hanging in so many different ways. The election didn’t seem to resolve any issues. The economy hasn’t shown any clear direction toward recovery or recession. Gasoline prices continue to ebb and flow at the upper limits of way too high. Health care hasn’t gotten any cheaper and there still appears to be as much ranker over where the Affordable Health Care Act will take us, as bureaucrats continue to interpret and draft the legislation which will likely be debated in the courts for years.
Recovery from Hurricane Sandy’s effects on the east coast has still left many homeless and without a clear vision of their future. FEMA funds and insurance coverage has been slow reaching those affected communities and the economic effects may take years for those impacted to fully recover.
On the world scene Benghazi, Iran, the Middle East, North Korea and Afghanistan continue to be trouble spots and pose dangerous threats to world stability in addition to the financial crises in Spain, Greece and other European countries.
Facebook has yet to live up to its record IPO offering providing a return on the investments made by many who sought to acquire the darling social media company. Groupon sees its popularity slumping and even one of the world’s largest cruise ships, the Coasta Condordia, that ran aground back in January near Giglio Island, Italy, still sits precariously on its side awaiting a final outcome on its removal.
Of course our year was brought to a close with the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 26 innocent lives were taken in a few short minutes by a young gunman. That on the heels of the gunman in Denver who killed 14 while they watched the newest Batman movie. These shootings and others not involving as many casualties have sparked new interest in gun and assault rifle legislation which has resulted in a massive buying frenzy for guns, assault rifles and ammunition.
For all these reasons and more I’m looking forward to turning the page on 2012 and hoping that we can begin to address many of these issues that cry out for resolution, cooperation, understanding and compromise. Our country is craving some feel good uplifting news that begins to send the signal that we are on the right path and better days are ahead for all her people. Adversity they say builds character and during the last several years we’ve seen our share. Certainly many in our country have seen far, far more than its share, but if we’ve learned anything from our past we know we must forge ahead, accepting the trials we face and learning from the events of the day or we are destined to repeat our errors of the past.
On behalf of all of us at Denton Publications and New Market Press we sincerely hope your 2013 is full of prosperity and joy for you, your family, your community, our country and this small planet we share and call home.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press. He may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.