Let's take the recent cooperation among Perkins and Sandusky cops and federal marshals as a jumping-off point, toss in the last year's progress in a county water deal for some seasoning, and whip up some hope that 2007 brings more of the same.
This newspaper has said before in this space, and will say so again any time the opportunity or necessity presents itself, it's long past time for the territoriality to end -- and most of the recent progress in the Firelands and its environs has been made when some long-standing boundary line or no-man's land has been breached.
When Sandusky gave up its posturing of dominance over a county water system and the affected parties began acting as partners, years of impasse crumbled. When the June storms sent Huron County's rainfall down Pipe Creek into Perkins Township's neighborhoods, it gave impetus to the idea that problems -- and their solutions, such as the Friends of Pipe Creek organization that formed to keep an eye on the troubled tributary -- don't know from political boundaries.
There's more, and it's all been obvious to anyone who lives here: problems at the Delphi and ACH plants don't affect merely Perkins and Margaretta Townships, and Ford's recent decision to invest $60 million in its Avon Lake plant can have effects here -- good ones, we hope.
We've all heard the term regionalization; we're all probably tired of it. It's a smaller version, if you will, of the hated "globalization" -- but both words really mean, "we're all in this together."
As statesman Ben Franklin said, "We must all hang together or we will assuredly all hang separately."
The stakes this time aren't as personally fatal as they were then, but they are no less real.