The new year, 2013, is heavily upon us. There is almost nothing more promising than a new year because of the opportunities it presents to the world.
We all have aspirations for the new year. Following are some thoughts, questions and opinions I hold as we embrace 2013:
n Whether they stood tall and avoided the fiscal cliff or not, I hope members of the U.S. Congress have finally gotten the message that the American public is fed up with their inaction on the crucial issues of the day. If you are in Congress, know this: If we could vote on all of y’all at once, not a single one of you people would be re-elected. Let’s repeat that: Not one.
n It is time to bring our troops home from the Middle East. If anyone can explain what we have accomplished in fighting those wars, please send me an e-mail. I honor and covet our military as much as anyone — I, too, once wore the uniform in a foreign war — but this is beyond ridiculous in terms of casualties and dollars spent. God bless our troops.
n I can’t speak for the actions of other area utilities, but when the power goes off in the Donalsonville-based Three-Notch EMC’s service area, they don’t play getting it back on. Here on the last road north, we thank you.
n If e-books continue to proliferate, what will people put on their old bookshelves in the future?
n If you have a sudden urge of wanting to hear the late CBS-TV newsman Charles Kuralt’s terrific voice again, ride over to the old Plains High School auditorium and hear his splendid narration of President Carter’s life. The National Park Service has done a fine job charting Mr. Carter’s career.
n Will this be the year that the National Basketball Association players go on strike and the league folds? We can hope, can’t we? (I don’t mean that literally, of course. I’m not watching their games anyway.)
n Do you recall the law Congress passed that says TV commercials cannot be louder than the shows they are sponsoring? It is now in effect, but I can’t tell the difference.
n Are you aware that authorities are still finding wide swatches of oil floating in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010? This despite a federal judge’s December approval of a final settlement between BP and people who lost money due to the spill. Seems a bit early to me.
n Didn’t this country miss out when Tom Brokaw became a newsman and not a politician? I think the former NBC News anchor and author would make a great president.
n Public education in Georgia is at a major crossroad in 2013 with the potential opening of dozens of new charter schools. This is either going to be the best thing since sliced bread or a monumental education disaster.
I still don’t understand how spending money on charters won’t take dollars away from existing schools, particularly in the poorest of the poor counties. It probably won’t matter in those rich Atlanta suburbs.
At this point, I refuse to try to predict the outcome of all this. I don’t see how anybody can.
Mac Gordon is a retired reporter who lives near Blakely and writes an occasional opinion column for The Albany Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.