Thanks to you who have wished me a good recovery from the near-pneumonia that literally knocked me down on December 15.
I'm recovering well but still need to take it easy. Maybe in the interest of our health we should all turn our heads from the sight of the GOP taking over the Senate and installing an even larger majority in the House.
Let us hope they will do a better job of governance with the specter of 2016 staring at them. But nothing indicates that this is likely no matter how devoutly it is to be wished.
We can, however, rejoice in the excellent work Obama has done through executive orders and for how he handled Sony and North Korea. The North Korea v. Sony contretemps was on balance a remarkable comedy show by the show biz company and the nutcase country. If there is anybody who doesn't believe Obama pulled the plug on North Korea's internet connection, I have a bridge I'd be willing to sell. Mr. President, you are so cool!
Just as 2015 opened its arms to us, one of the great liberals of the 20th Century left us: Mario Cuomo. He spoke eloquently against Ronald Reagan's "shining city" that was really a heartless ice palace. Cuomo likened America to a wagon train headed into out mythic west, thunderously announcing that we would leave no one behind, not the weak nor the elderly, not the children nor the poor. That was our American creed.
I believe and hope it still is. Let us go forward, but always together.
So farewell to Mario Cuomo and all those who left us in 2014, especially dear old Pete Seeger, who was bard to the best in us.
To you all, a very good New Year. Make it good for others and it will be good for you.