As Rusk County residents prepare for another year, there’s a variety of perspectives on what 2013 has in store.
“I can’t even imagine,” said Henderson native Cathie Parker. “This time last year I couldn’t have imagined half of what happened this year, so I’m not going to even bother trying to anticipate what next year has in store […] I just hope it’s more good than bad, for a change.”
In a Henderson Daily News online poll conducted during the week of Dec. 23-29 readers expressed a positive outlook about 2013. Presented with three answers, 62 percent said they were “optimistic and hoping for the best,” with 25 percent selecting “pessimistic and fearing the worst.” Of those polled, only 13 percent said they were “indifferent, it’s just another year.”
Good Springs resident Ben Gross said he’s one of those whose vote was hopeful.
“Yeah, I’m enthusiastic, even against common sense,” he said. “With the the ebb we’ve seen in the last couple months, I think we’re due for a turnaround […] these things go in cycles, and I think we’ve been in a ‘down’ cycle. I look for things to start to start to get better this year.”
Henderson stay-at-home mom Stephanie Willis said, in the face of uncertain times, a cheerful approach is best.
“I’ll admit that there’s a lot going on that you could feel negative about,” she said. “But anything less than a positive take on the New Year is just cynical. It’s another year, anything can happen. I think you’ve got to embrace the possibilities.”
New London resident Norma Jean Hale said the next year holds much to be concerned with, both at home and abroad.
“We’re in bad shape economically and socially,” she said. “This country has been teetering on the edge for several years now […] I think this nation’s problems, combined with factors in other countries, paint a pretty dismal picture.”
Cody Bryce, a self-described “unemployed roughneck” from Henderson agreed, saying he fears “it’ll get worse before it gets better.”
“You’ve got to have your head in the sand to think we’re not in for a rough year,” he said. “When you’ve got more business closing down than opening up, nobody hiring, and little kids getting killed at school it doesn’t exactly fill you with a whole lot of hope.”
Retired Rusk County businessman Russ Baines said he couldn’t go all in, one way or another.
“You never can tell going in, it’s a crapshoot,” he said. “I’ve lived long enough to know that every year is different. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, but most of the time it just ‘is.’”
“You’ve just got to take each day for what it’s worth and live them one day at a time,” he added.