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January 8, 2013

BRADBERRY: Looking back with pride, forward with hope

Niagara Gazette — Assessing last year, planning the next, I wondered; do we spend too much time looking back at the “good ole days,” not enough appreciating the present and crafting the future?

Are we longing for a return to that time when everything was better, when the world and our beloved Niagara Falls was a thriving industrial giant, and a booming tourist Mecca at the same time; when this was an incredibly wonderful place to work, raise a family, go to great schools and churches; where our city parks and neighborhood playgrounds were absolutely safe, perfectly manicured, the streets smooth and spotless; where the corner stores, stocked with international aromas and delicious cultural flavors defined our diverse heritages, seasoning our unique position on planet earth as a beautiful wonder to behold, a perfect place to live?

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

America was a beacon; like much of the country, ours was a city filled with hope and promise, there were jobs, lots of them, the future looked bright, promising, gleaming with opportunity. It was a different time, not just for Niagara Falls, the whole world seemed to be on the verge of greatness because it was, we could feel it.

The future WAS bright!

Maybe that’s what makes the past seem like it was so much better; people were looking ahead, they had hope. Is that still the case?

Just think; by the time this year’s high school graduates were born eighteen or so years ago, all of the innovations and most of the technological advances that my generation rolled out were already here for them; the most impactful social networking products and devices introduced since they entered high school are instantly connecting them to the rest of the world, casting their attention forward, into the future with little or no desire to look back.

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