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Reflections on 2013 and some wishes for the year ahead

December 23, 2013

Reviewing a year’s worth of editorials this week provided opportunity to reflect on some of the issues we at The River Reporter thought were important enough to take a position on and to share with our readers for their own consideration in 2013.

The review also prompted us to think about the year to come and what issues we’d like to see receive priority on people’s individual agendas, as well as on the region’s and the nation’s agendas. And so, here is our wish list for 2014. Feel free to share your wish list with us, too.

In 2014 we wish for:

More Sullivan County municipalities signing up to be Climate Smart Communities
(Editorial of February 14-20, 2013, “Climate Smart Community Pledge—emphasis on ‘community’”) “This initiative is not just about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Signing the Climate Smart Community Pledge has the potential to bring financial benefits, both direct and indirect… The themes of ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ are becoming increasingly saleable, and could serve as the centerpiece of a new county identity. We could brand ourselves as a rural retreat that is no backwater, but a pioneer, working proactively to preserve open spaces and resources like its fisheries, recycling its resources, generating local energy, constructing zero-energy buildings and making innovations in energy-efficient, low-emission transportation.”