EDITORIAL: Bring on 2014

Nelson is a happening community and there's plenty more to come in the next 365 days.

If you are a regular reader of this paper, or have just perused the last two editions highlighting all the events and stories that took place in 2013, then it’s easy for you to come to the realization that Nelson is a happening place.

And it’s a positive trend we’d like to see continue into 2014.

Have there been troubles? Of course. Look at the top 10 stories of the year and you will see plenty of them.

A fuel spill in Lemon Creek, the controversy over the Kaslo ER and the terrible impact of heavy flooding are all examples of the negative side of the news.

But in between those headline grabbing stories are the positives that make Nelson, and the Kootenay in general, the community it is.

Entering into the top 10 rankings, alongside all the tragedy, is the re-opening of the Civic Theatre, the Kootenay Co-op’s Nelson Commons residential/commercial project, the creation of a new skateboard park, the beautification of Nelson and perhaps the one story that best sums up the heart of this community, the huge rally of support for well-known Nelsonite Pat Henman — who along with her daughter was seriously injured in a car accident.

This community’s willingness to get behind a cause — whether it be Henman or another positive idea — is a major piece in the puzzle that makes Nelson so unique compared to other areas of BC.

Change is inevitable, especially for a community with as much to offer as Nelson. But some things should not be altered.

So here’s a New Year’s resolution that hopefully will come true. Whatever changes do come in the next 365 days, don’t let it alter the spirit, sensibility and most importantly the heart of the people who call Nelson home.

Happy New Year!

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