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Hoping for a better year

Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 8:32 AM

Although the passage of time makes no such distinctions itself, humans make a great deal about the end of one year and the beginning of another.

As we close the chapter on 2010, we look back on a year filled with disasters, economic hardship and political gridlock. It was a tough year and one most of us are glad to see in the rear-view mirror.

Looking forward to 2011, there are some signs of hope.

When the Idaho National Guard returns home this year from its tour in Iraq they will be among the last combat forces deployed to that nation. Our long involvement there, which cost so many lives, will at last come to an end.

In the war in Afghanistan, some of our troops will begin coming home as well, as President Obama's "surge" there will come to an end and troop levels will begin to fall. But we'll still have troops in combat and we'll still lose American lives in that troubled land, which doesn't seem all that excited about being "saved" by us in the first place. We'll make gains there, but they will be incremental.

Meanwhile, the terrorists will continue to try and find ways through our layers of security -- and the law of averages says that eventually they will get lucky. We can only wish that they won't be as successful as they hope, and who knows, maybe we'll hang on for another year without getting hit.

We can expect the narco-war in Mexico to continue to heat up and spill across the border.

The economy is finally starting to show some sluggish signs of improvement, but it's not going to be a quick and dramatic turnaround. It will be a job here, a couple jobs there, but by the end of the year there's a good chance things really will be better than they are now.

We get a new Congress and that should be -- interesting. We'll be fascinated to see how all the Tea Party candidates do -- if they really can cut Social Security and other entitlement programs, if they really will make major slashes in the military budgets and if they really will end the pork-laden policy of earmarks. Meanwhile, we can expect Republicans and Democrats to go at each other tooth and nail, jockeying for power and position at the expense of progressive policies that will actually help the little guys like us. If you thought gridlock was bad in 2010, wait until you see 2011, as everyone tries to position themselves for the 2012 presidential elections (yes, unfortunately, those campaigns have already begun).

We'll almost certainly see our share, again, of political and celebrity scandals. But we'll also see, as usual, stories of people doing good and stories that inspire us all.

For all the bad that gets reported, there is a lot more good that doesn't, most of it in the day-to-day lives of simple and ordinary people. It's those simple, ordinary people with whom we place our hopes for the future. They're the ones through whom small, individual acts, will make the world a better, brighter place.

It's not the politicians and the pundits that will make 2011 a better year. It's each and every one of you.


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AS AMERICANS OUR SPIRIT WILL CARRY US FORTH.

Our problem will be the economy ,we are impatient,we need to understand it will not go back to what it was.What it was was a lie,it was built on a lie we need that understanding to move forward,if our nations business community does not start hiring US,HERE our problems will get bigger.AS A NATION we will get there but it will take us all,the labeling and fighting to see who will be king of the hill is counter productive to us all it needs to stop in the name of the people,

lets hope it does.

-- Posted by lamont on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 12:18 PM

With all due respect, we didn't have gridlock in 2010. Obama and the democrats controlled the House and the Senate. What held up some of their desires was, and always will be, the prevailing attitude of the American people. If this country is to survive and not be cast into socialism, we must repeal what the democrats have done these last two years. It should start with the repeal of Obamacare, and continue with killing the Cap and Trade baloney. After that, it would really be nice to have Obama drop his lawsuit with AZ and let them protect their own borders because it's quite clear the federal govt. cannot. Right now we have two choices: the party of corruption or the party of establishment idiots. Once will ensure a rapid collapse, where the other will treat us like the slow boiling frog in the pot. Neither is what we need.

-- Posted by Mtn.Homer on Fri, Dec 31, 2010, at 5:09 PM

Two paths lie before you. One leads to extinction, and the other leads to total misery and dismay. Choose wisely, grasshopper.

-- Posted by junkyard dog on Sat, Jan 1, 2011, at 6:01 PM


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