Goodbye 2017

Goodbye 2017

Story By: STAFF WRITER
12/28/2017


To say 2017 was a turbulent 12 months is an understatement. Violent protests, political and cultural unrest, home-front terrorism, a plethora of sexual abuse allegations, and a number of various other disheartening revelations and hopeless situations that took place will long be related to this year. But despite all of that, there is still hope for something good.

As we welcome in 2018, we should remain focused on a better future. It’s not going to be easy, but we must be committed to envisioning what might not seem possible right now.

One way of getting that done is to think about some of the positive aspects of 2017.

Here are a few to recall:

First, the stock market has been doing very well. As of this printing, the Dow and S&P 500 posted their fifth-straight week of gains. A stronger economy, theoretically, leads to more opportunities for employment. Can more jobs be ahead? One can only hope.

Albany passed a bill making free public college tuition available to many residents. It’s a move that has opened up a world of possibilities to those who could only dream of achieving higher education.

The state and the county have put more emphasis on water protection, which is always a good thing.

Come the New Year, Suffolk County will implement its plastic bag law that was passed in 2017. It’s a terrific green initiative to cut down on the number of these annoying receptacles that have been polluting our waterways and landscapes.

Suffolk County now has ride sharing such as Uber and Lyft, which expands choices for transportation. That’s a service that should also help cut down on the high number of DWIs in the county.

And to help prevent some of the illegal dumping that has been taking place all over Suffolk County, fines and other penalties have been increased to include jail time for those dumping illegally. The punishment now fits the crime.

The price of gasoline is at a new low. Average retail gasoline prices in Long Island have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56/g on Monday, according to the website GasBuddy.com that conducts a daily survey of 1,158 gas outlets in Long Island. Gas is also 7.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, so get in your car and drive somewhere.

And if you desire to go a bit farther, Long Island MacArthur Airport has a new airline – Frontier – that can get you there for less money.

See, not everything about 2017 was bad. Though the bad might outweigh all that has transpired, it’s important to remember that no matter how bleak a year might seem, there’s always the potential for good.

Wishing all of our readers a very good and happy New Year!