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Fri., Jan. 1, 2010, 6:20 a.m.

2009 in the rear view mirror,2010 in the windshield…

A blue moon, the second full moon in a calendar month, is seen during fireworks to celebrate the new year in Omaha, Neb.
A blue moon, the second full moon in a calendar month, is seen during fireworks to celebrate the new year in Omaha, Neb.

[Picture: AP A blue moon, the second full moon in a calendar month, is seen during fireworks to celebrate the new year in Omaha, Neb.]

Good morning, Netizens...

We have swung the magic machete past the boundary of 2009 and are now have arrived in 2010. Some suggest this might be a good thing while others, whimpering in their beer, suggest that 2010 might give us even more of a downhill slide into a paroxysm of government super-subsidies, health care dismemberment or perhaps even revolutionary overthrow of Democracy. Others suggest we have turned a new corner, and we are making much-needed progressive forward progress into a new decade of enlightenment. Could this be the Age of Aquarius on steroids?

The ideologues of both sides of the issues, each pulling us one way or the other, want us to believe what they think are the correct ways to guide this ship we call Home, and if we disagree it suggests that we are somehow flawed in our intellect, deficient in our logic or otherwise unpatriotic in our belief systems.

Our educational system is so fractured so as to be only marginally functional, as fewer and fewer high school students, those few capable of completing graduation, continue their educations by attending colleges or universities; even then those few who make the leap into higher education attempt advanced degrees that some older adults take for granted.

Our former Police Chief, Terry Mangan, was correct when he forecast the arrival of street gangs into positions of power and authority. All you have to do is drive down any street in Spokane and watch for their tags gaily displayed on buildings. Arrival? They are here now, proclaiming their place in society as proudly as if they were members of the New Age Rotary Clubs. They bring with them a vast underground subcultural trade in drugs and everything that trade produces. Can the police keep up? Not bloody likely, based upon the latest wave of home assaults. 

However we have witnessed the rise of the entertained generation. The incredible rise of the Wii, Xbox, PS2/PS3 and home entertainment centers the size of boxcars make the lives of even the under-educated purportedly Internet-illiterate an integral part of the digital New Age. They may not be able to functionally read or do their math, but they can play video games.

However, if we claim a place in the vast cultural wasteland around us, we in Spokane have heart. If a family is burned out of their homes, their property gets stolen from a U-Haul truck or they simply fall on truly hard times, people in Spokane give freely. A person carrying five dollars will donate two to help someone who is in need. Every day hungry people in need get fed at various locations throughout the town all because a retired eye doctor cares deeply enough to show up and cook a meal.

My, how I prattle. Now I must complete my New Years Resolutions, encouraging everyone to do the same.


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