As we celebrate the holiday season and look forward to the New Year, it is fitting that we take time to reflect on some of the events and themes that drove the public dialogue during 2015. Significant events in U.S. politics with leadership changes in the House, in civil rights with the Supreme Court’s blessing of same sex marriage, and in foreign affairs with continued attention on the Middle East weave together many of 2015’s newsworthy events while in Massachusetts, we welcomed a new Governor, endured a record snowfall and celebrated another Super Bowl victory.
No year is without tragedy and to be sure, 2015 had more than any of us would hope for. But during times of trouble or discord, I am reminded of the personal motto of the late Alex Haley. The author of Roots lived his life always guided by a simple phrase– “Find the good and praise it.” As we look back on this past year, I would hope we can all find the good among the tragic, the hope among anguish, the better angels among the misbegotten. Haley’s motto is both simple and profound. We must work each day to ensure that hope and civility will always win the day.
The New Year will begin with a frenetic race to the White House and will end with the election of a new President. With the primary elections beginning in February, there will be no shortage of conversation – and debate – about the future of our country. Also in February, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will mark his first 100 days in office, as he attempts to bridge a divided House and move key policy initiatives forward. I am hopeful.
With so much at stake in 2016 at home and abroad, I ask that you join with me in engaging with our elected officials – and those seeking our votes – to make sure our voices are heard. Working together, we will “find the good.”
On behalf of all of us at O’Neill and Associates, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.