Leap Year, Leap of Faith
The key people, issues and events that will shape Monterey County in 2008.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto is assassinated, sparking riots and delaying parliamentary elections for weeks. War rages on in Iraq, costing thousands of lives and burning up hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars a day. Gas prices seem to have settled in above the $3-a-gallon mark for the long haul. A tiger at the San Francisco Zoo escapes from its enclosure, kills one visitor and mauls two others. The housing slump continues with no end in sight.
Let’s face it: Sometimes it takes all our strength just to get out of bed in the morning, much less face an entire new year. Fear, ambivalence and apathy all are understandable. But this year is special, full of excitement and the potential for great change.
In our look ahead, we offer predictions, previews and possibilities about happenings in the arts and what to expect on the environmental, development and political fronts. Consider this a guide to face the year with a little more ammunition and a lot more faith.
And it’s a leap year, which only happens once every four years. That means an extra day of pay if you work, a free day of rent if you don’t own a home and an extra day to campaign if you are running for office.
On that subject, this year we finally get to vote for a new president – arguably one of the most important presidential elections in history – even though the race for the White House already seems like it has been going on forever. Jan. 3’s caucuses in Iowa are the start of a blizzard of primaries, including more than 20 on Feb. 5, California’s among them.
Voting is one of our most fundamental rights. So take that leap of faith, too. You can make a difference. Otherwise, you have no right to complain – and maybe you should just stay in bed.