The Intersection

Your Hopes For 2009

New Year 2009 faces a troubled economy, international unrest, and a changing planet, but also ushers in the new presidential administration with opportunities to set better policies that may yet alter the path we’re on…

What are readers’ greatest hopes for 2009?


  1. #1 Faith
    December 31, 2008

    Peace. Everywhere.

  2. #2 Jp
    December 31, 2008


  3. #3 Danimal
    December 31, 2008

    End of war in Iraq, better economy, restoration of civil liberties.

  4. #4 Linda
    December 31, 2008

    Yes, it’s very true that the Obama administration will have more than we can all imagine to handle from the get-go. And that we will all be tested during very difficult times.

    I would like to see us all pull together, as one great community, in this country and the world, and work hard to make it a place of peace, of pride, a place of home..

  5. #5 Ashutosh
    December 31, 2008

    1. End the war in Iraq
    2. End the war on science

  6. #6 Wes Rolley
    December 31, 2008

    Biggest hope that will be disappointed is for the death of King Coal. The ash spill in Tennessee is, finally, giving everyone a look at just how bad it could be. This story in the 12/29 NY Times gives an inventory of the metals still in the sludge. If 49,000 pounds of lead scares you, 1.4 million pounds of barium
    should scare you more unless it is in sulphide (insoluble) form.

    I have little hope that the US Senate will be willing to act when some, like Robert Byrd, are so adept at using the filibuster.

  7. #7 TomJoe
    January 2, 2009

    I hope that I don’t get laid off. I hope that I can pay all of my bills. I hope that I don’t go bankrupt.

    As you can see, I’m setting my sights high this year.

  8. #8 bernarda
    January 3, 2009

    “Hope”. What does that mean exactly? Beyond the dictionary definition, it simply seems to mean “illusion”. “Hope” is for those who are powerless.

    Ambrose Bierce wrote:

    “Desire and expectation rolled into one.

    Delicious Hope! when naught to man it left —
    Of fortune destitute, of friends bereft;
    When even his dog deserts him, and his goat
    With tranquil disaffection chews his coat
    While yet it hangs upon his back; then thou,
    The star far-flaming on thine angel brow,
    Descendest, radiant, from the skies to hint
    The promise of a clerkship in the Mint.
    Fogarty Weffing

  9. #9 cyberthrush
    January 4, 2009

    My hope is indeed that the Obama Administration regains for the U.S. the respect and honor from around the world that has been squandered over the last 8 yrs.; and that in so doing, race relations in this country also take a quantum leap forward.
    I also hope the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is photographed! 😉

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