It's New Year's Eve, the very last day of 2014. It's always amazing how fast a year flies by. It seems like we were just celebrating the Fourth of July, blinked, and suddenly Christmas is over and 2014 is about to slip from present reality into history.
It's been a momentous year for Bedford County.
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.
The murder of two New York City police officers Saturday should have been met with disdain. But for some, it apparently was an opportunity to celebrate some payback for what they perceive to be wrong-doing by police in Missouri, New York and—quite frankly—just about anywhere.
The murderer of the two slain officers certainly had recent events in mind when he strolled up to the car of the NYPD officers and shot them both at point-blank range.
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Our hostile policy toward Cuba has for a long time been nothing more than an outdated relic of the Cold War.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.