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Ring in the New Year 2013

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

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.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press. He may be reached by email at dan@newmarketpressvt.com.

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