The new year always carries a hopeful promise. Whether 1992 was a good year or a bad year for you, there's always the hope that 1993 will be better.
There's a clean slate ahead, even if you bring a little baggage along. The mistakes of yesterday can be left behind as you, your family, our nation and our world face a new year.
President-elect Bill Clinton has promised that 1993 will be a year of change, and that seems likely to be true. The only question will be whether it is a change for the better or a change for the worse.
For the United States, there are signs of an economic upturn. And the new administration seems to be rekindling some enthusiasm for tackling such difficult problems as education and health care.
Around the world, unrest is simmering. The past two New Year's holidays have brought reason for celebrating the downfall of communism in Eastern Europe, but the changes have also brought problems. Political changes in Russia may be signaling a return to a more hard-line communist philosophy. And ethnic unrest has broken out in former Soviet republics. There is fighting in Bosnia and starvation in Somalia. There is repression in China and uncertainty in the Mideast.
Even though the United States has problems, Americans are, indeed lucky.
And we, in Lawrence, are especially lucky to enter the new year not only in peace, but in relative prosperity. Lawrence is a lively and energetic community always striving to be a better place to live although not all of us may agree on how to reach that goal.
The point, of course, is to keep trying, and the new year offers a multitude of possibilities for growth and learning. For Lawrence, the nation and the world, may it be a year of progress, good health and happiness.