A New Start: Let us greet 2017 with determination, hope

Today is the start of what we all hope will be a bright new year. It is the end of a year that saw upheaval, the end of a presidency, the loss of what felt like far too many icons, natural disaster and tragedy, and a decline in the way Americans communicate with one another. It is a chance to symbolically turn the page.

Certainly 2016 had its bright spots, too; but maybe it is simply because of all those social media posts that ended with “enough, already, 2016!” that so many people are eager for 2017 to bring better days. The catch is, it will be up to each individual to bring those better days to fruition.

Let us accept that challenge then, and welcome 2017 with determination and hope.

Happy New Year!

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“My pipe is out, my glass is dry; My fire is almost ashes too; But once again, before you go, And I prepare to meet the New: Old Year! a parting word that’s true, for we’ve been comrades, you and I — I thank God for each day of you; There! bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!”

— Robert W. Service, “The Passing of the Year,” 1912

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“Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. “

— From Benjamin Franklin’s December 1755 Poor Richard’s Almanack

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

— Oprah Winfrey

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