Editorial: New hope for a new year
Posted on Dec 24, 2013 - 09:42 AM Printer Friendly View
Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses.
Yes! Although it is hard to believe, another year is about to go into the record books. Nearly one week remains so we cannot be sure all the news has been reported, but we are glad to comment on one apparent trend: an economic revival finally seems to be underway.
Truly the year 2013 lived up in many ways to the “13” that it bore in its title. We remember some very tragic stories that occurred locally; lives lost, property destroyed.
Nationally, it seemed that the political process was indeed jinxed, culminating after many months of rancor in an expensive and unnecessary government shutdown. We elected these representatives?
Fortunately, it appears that cooler heads have prevailed and the nation may actually have a new budget. We hope. Stability at the top should influence every aspect of national, state and local affairs positively, just as the past instability has shaken the nation’s confidence and pride, to its grassroots.
One predicted piece of bad news, a hurricane season more active than most, actually took the reverse course: few storms, minimal land strikes, really not much at all. And the hurricane season is an annual unwelcome part of life for anyone living or doing business along the East Coast. We get ready every year and are glad when these efforts are in vain.
A new school is finally being constructed in Gloucester more than two years after a tornado took out Page Middle School. In Mathews, the county has opened its new gateway park and efforts are now underway to give a facelift to the downtown area. Positive signs of growth abound in our two counties.
As the year ends, the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal concludes another 52 weeks of reporting the news. We are grateful for continued support from our readers and advertisers. We cherish our old friends and welcome new ones, and strive to be worthy of our motto as “Your Hometown Newspaper.”
Happy New Year.