We are now at the start of a brand new year, with a calendar full of days that haven’t happened yet. I’m sure we will all have some good days, some bad days and some neither-nor days as those days move from future unknown to present reality to history. About the only things we can be sure of is that we will all have to pay our taxes, and our local undertakers will not be lacking for customers.
Did you hear the joke about the Christian school that – rather than take the Lord's advice and turn the other cheek when it felt abused – actually hired lawyers and went to court instead?
Sadly, in Lynchburg, it's not a joke at all.
The level of discourse among town council candidates generated by the last campaign season was heartening. This healthy competition is good for the political process, the sorting of community concerns and ultimately the running of local government. Now the fun begins … we get to hold the winners accountable for what they said and what they promised!
In politics, the New Year will mostly be one that sets the stage for the next presidential election in 2016.
At this point, no one can predict who will be the Republican nominee to face the expected choice of the Democrats: Former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, one of the most formidable political personalities of our time.
President Barack Obama’s move to end our ridiculous estrangement from the people of Cuba by establishing formal relations and setting up embassies is not just the right thing to do, it should have been done a long time ago.
Our hostile policy toward Cuba has for a long time been nothing more than an outdated relic of the Cold War. The time has long since passed that “fighting communism,” and the warmongering hysteria that went along with it, is relevant.
We can see the spirit of the season all around us – brightly colored lights cover homes, nativity scenes are set up at churches, and store windows are decked out. The sounds of the holidays fill the airwaves and carolers take to the streets and bring cheer to the halls of nursing homes. This time of year evokes many sentiments. There are feelings of nostalgia and memories of Christmases past. It also represents a sense of comfort and familiarity as well as time with family and friends. And for many it is a season of hope.
As we gather with our families and friends during this holiday season, I hope you will join me in pausing to take account of our many blessings – the blessings of American freedom, American peace, and American prosperity.