Headlines, we write headlines. They're designed to attract your attention, tell what the story's about, maybe entice you to read the story.
Sometimes we look back at our favorite headlines of the year. Today, we thought we'd look ahead.
Here, in no particular order, are some headlines we'd like to write in 2009:
-- Work begins on joint dispatch
-- Erie County cellular 911 in operation
-- First phase of Marina District project begins
-- Bed tax receipts skyrocket
-- A nice subhead to that one would be: Hotel guests, locals pile on Cedar Point ferry
-- Condos sell out downtown
-- Construction begins on Sandusky City Hall
-- Work begins on West Side overpass
-- Developer eyes APEX building
-- Developer found for Port Clinton's Marina District project
-- First windmills installed in Erie County wind farm
-- Green light for NASA airstrip
-- NASCAR comes to Huron County
A few of those stories would be fun. A few would signify a change in the fortunes for north central Ohio and the Firelands. Of those, a few would signify a change in direction and emphasis for a regional economy that has been all about manufacturing and, to an increasing extent, tourism.
They'd all take, to varying extents, regional cooperation, openness and a lessening of the suspicion with which we regard our governments and each other, and a recognition that we need to try new things.
Even if those headlines aren't written in 2009, there's no reason to give up. If some of the headlines are written in 2010, 2011, 2012, they'd represent success in some of the things for which we've been striving for too many years.
And they'd sure be great to have in the paper.
A community can dream.