We would like to think there is optimism as we enter 2013, but the outlook is anything but grand.
The pessimists most likely rule the day, and they have plenty of reasons.
That a deal was struck to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" doesn’t necessarily give us hope. The way in which it came about, with both Democrats and Republicans trading barbs on the floors of the House and Senate, hardly promote a spirit of cooperation that we can hope endures for the remainder of 2013. If anything, the debate over this cliff has simply increased the divide between the two parties.
The effects this compromise will have on individuals and their money — even if positive — will be negated by the fear that the economy is still in relatively poor shape and that the compromise did little to help ease the nation’s debt. Decisions — and no doubt more political fighting — on the debt issue remain.
How all of this affects jobs at Cherry Point remains to be seen.
Despite all of this, Havelock is poised to take a step forward in 2013 when the sewer expansion project begins. Relocation of the sewer discharge pipe from Slocum Creek to the Neuse River and changes at the sewer treatment plant are the first steps in clearing the way for potential city growth.
Though the project is about two years from completion, it will free up needed sewer capacity to allow for new subdivisions and businesses when the economy does improve.
That gives us hope that at next New Year’s we’ll be a little more optimistic.