Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Now that 2013 is upon us and the fiscal cliff has been averted, I guess we can all breathe easier. The financial experts on CNN estimated that the average American family would have had to pay around $3,000 more in federal income taxes in 2013 if the legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff had not been signed late on New Year’s Eve. The House of Representatives still has to approve the whole thing, but it is expected to pass in time.
Does this aversion to financial disaster mean that we can have hope for 2013? Folks, you always need to have hope. The rash of gun violence that followed the Sandy Hook massacre showed that we still have a lot of work to do. There are some sick people out there, and we have our fair share of sick people in Lockport. Some of these sick people need to be locked up, but others need help.
It is pretty obvious to me that the growing lack of trust we are all showing each other is starting to affect the way our society behaves. There was a time when sick people were points of concern for caring people in their neighborhoods. I can understand the desire to go into our shells and hope the bad people go away, but it doesn’t work like that. The more we care about each other, the better things get. The wider the gap gets between each of us, the worse that things get.
But there is plenty of hope for 2013. We can work together to right the wrongs we have done and try to make the world a better place. If you are a parent, then stop and think about what kind of world you are leaving your children. If that does not want you to get more involved in making things better, then I don’t know what will.