It is a difficult time in which we live. 2017 has given us harassment, murder, distrust, hatred, disbelief in everything we thought we held dear, belittlement, irritation; all in all, we have been burdened with an exaggerated mistrust of everything we once held dear.
If we continue to go forward, as the last year has suggested, we will have no marital trust, no belief in anything we learned about when we were younger, and worse, we will be going down that road of no return to decency for our country or our personal beliefs!
I don't know about you, but I am fortunate to have a wonderful and true spouse, children that even if they don't always agree with me, at least they do respect me. It is a great feeling to live in a community that thrives on goodness, caring about each other, and a community that is trying to do what is best for its inhabitants.
2018 is offering all of us great futures! Whether we like it or not, we are going forward with a new educational facility, and new river park, a lot of acreage for city use and recreation, and a growing downtown; and If we are fortunate, the beginning on a new infrastructure that every city in this country needs.
I wish I was smart enough to tell you that we have a better tax situation coming our way than we have had for a long time I want to believe that is true. I wish I was intelligent enough to tell you that 2018 is going to be a wonderful year, but I can't promise something like that any more than anyone else could.
What I can tell you is that we need a renewed belief in our religious direction, regardless of the faith. We need a city that is looking out for all of its constituents, not just the downtown ones. We need to be a part of the community and help it to progress, not digress. We need to move ahead in the trust that we are all equal, regardless of race, creed or color.
Let us take the time to welcome in a new year with the belief that it is our responsibility to make it a better one than ever before.
When we bend our knee, let it be to worship our God, not an idol or a thought.